Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Spring Update.

Seeing the tulips and cherry blossoms begin to bloom reminds us that spring has returned — and that means more time spent outside and, of course, spring cleaning!

One thing was made very clear in the month of January — Metro Vancouver residents love the great outdoors. In January, 1.2 million visitations were recorded at regional parks, more than double the 550,000 visits in January 2020. However, as you will read in this issue, the popularity of Metro Vancouver regional parks and greenways has resulted in a greater need for ways to manage increased demand.

Also in this issue, we will share tips and tricks for reducing waste — from clothing, to household clutter, to renovation debris.

You can learn about the problems that inflow and infiltration in the sewer system can cause for residents and businesses, as well as how children can go on a virtual watershed field trip.

We are also seeking your input on a series of discussion papers that will help us achieve Climate 2050 goals of a carbon neutral and resilient region over the next 30 years.

Thank you for reading the Metro Vancouver Update. Together we make our region strong.