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Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on the City of Surrey’s web site is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 50 languages. Unfortunately, not all the languages spoken in the City of Surrey are translated. Punjabi is one of the languages not currently offered, and to remedy the situation, the City has been in contact with Google and they have committed to making Punjabi available in the future.

The City of Surrey cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information. Before you act on translated information, the City encourages you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on our web site, we encourage you to stop by a City facilities to discuss it. You can also contact the City at (604) 591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

The City is committed to enhancing the accessibility of its web site to all its citizens, and appreciates any feedback that it receives.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM)

image of someone mapping a stream

Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping, or SHIM, is an ecosystem-based mapping technique that focuses on the conservation and preservation of aquatic habitats and their riparian areas. SHIM maps watercourses with a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and marks the location of notable features such as culverts, obstructions, wetlands, vegetation, erosion points, fish sightings, etc.

The benefits of SHIM include:

  • Identifying sensitive aquatic and terrestrial habitats;
  • Locating watercourses and wetlands; and
  • Gaining information on riparian habitat, riffle pool areas, erosion zones, water quality, fish presence and vegetation. 

The SHIM GPS information can also be used to compare the mapped location of creeks against the true location, which is useful for inventory and tracking purposes.

To date the City of Surrey has completed SHIM studies in the following watersheds:

  • Little Campbell River drainage catchment
  • Hyland Creek drainage catchment
  • Upper Serpentine River drainage catchment (upstream of 168 St)
  • Upper and Lower Bear Creek drainage catchment
  • Patullo drainage catchment
  • Portions of the Clayton drainage catchment (underway)
  • The data from these studies is available on COSMOS or by contacting Engineering  - Drainage and Environment at 604-592-6936

    For more information and examples of SHIM work, visit the Community Mapping Network.