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Urban Site Certification Process

STEP 1: Pre-Assessment

Once an initial meeting is completed to determine site eligibility for Salmon-Safe certification, a second meeting is scheduled to begin the pre-assessment process.  This meeting provides an introduction to the Salmon-Safe certification process and engages the landowner / developer, any consultants that are working on environmental aspects of the site and the Salmon-Safe staff team. 

Following this meeting, a request for further site information will be made(see the Salmon-Safe Urban Standards Appendix B).  This documentation will help inform a Salmon-Safe pre-assessment which highlights site features in alignment with Salmon-Safe standards and areas in need of further improvement. 

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STEP 2: On-Site Assessment
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Once a successful pre-assessment is completed, Salmon-Safe staff will work with the site leads to determine when our assessment team can perform a site visit.  The site visit is typically completed during the ‘breaking ground’ or construction phase of the project* and engages a team of 3-4 assessors with expertise in biology, watershed management, stormwater engineering, landscape architecture and integrated pest management.  

(*Larger scale development projects may be eligible for fast-track certification where Salmon-Safe is engaged early in the design process or where certain benchmarks are met with respect to stormwater design, construction-phase runoff prevention and planning for post-construction operations. See the Appendix I in the Salmon-Safe standards.) 

STEP 3: On-Site Report

Following the on-site visit, the Salmon-Safe assessment team and staff will complete a report of findings including any conditions for certification, condition timelines and recommendations for continual site improvement.  The report will be submitted to site leads for review and signature.

STEP 4: Certification & Recognition

Following the acceptance of the conditions and recommendations cited in the report, certification is awarded.  To celebrate this achievement and get the word out, Salmon-Safe staff will work with communications leads for the site to put together a publicity or recognition campaign. 

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STEP 5: Annual Review of Project Activities
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Salmon-Safe’s urban certification cycle is 5 years pending the successful completion of any conditions for certification and any progress on recommendations.  To follow up on these activities, Salmon-Safe staff check in with site leads on an annual basis. 

Interested in learning more about Salmon-Safe certification or beginning the process to certify your site? Reach out to our team at

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