Webinar series: the case for green stormwater infrastructure in Ontario
What can your community do to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and treat rain as a resource?
There is a wealth of information out there. Case studies from communities across Canada, the U.S., and beyond, research on green infrastructure technologies, economic analyses, and policies abound. You can find a wide selection in The Umbrella library or a more targeted selection in the Municipal Toolkit.
As valuable as these resources are, sometimes itâ€™s most helpful to hear directly from the experts. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re launching a biweekly webinar series. Scheduled at lunch time on Fridays, the webinars will give you access to some of the leading Canadian voices on urban adaptation.
Christine Zimmer and Phil James, Credit Valley Conservation (October 31)
Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Allan Professional Corporation (November 14)
Grant Murphy, Two Point Oh!, formerly of the City of Kitchener (November 28)
Cheryl Evans, REEP Green Solutions (December 12)
TBA, Monitoring of rain gardens and LID (January 16)
Dan Sandink, Institue for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (January 30)
Let us know if you have a green infrastructure project or story that should be featured in the blog, a news item you'd like to share, or an event that Umbrella subscribers would be interested in. Email us or contribute to the thread in The Umbrella.
Permeable pavers performing well through Canadian winters. A two-year test of various types of pavement by The Living City Campus at Kortright has shown very positive results. A second study by the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center demonstrates permeable interlocking concrete pavement is effective in cold climates.
Ontario's vital watershed facing new risks. "We used to think of pollution as coal tar blobs and point emissions from evil industries. Today it's you and me - and how we live" says Alan Hansell of The Stewards of Cootes Watershed. The Ontario Greenbelt is crucial for maintaining the province's water supply.
Reconsidering stormwater. Water managers in Utah are considering new practices for reducing the pollution from stormwater, while looking at stormwater runoff as a resource that could help replenish parched lands. Listen to this podcast from KCPW.
Seattle is paying people to turn lawns into rain gardens. Some homeowners are being reimbursed up to 100% of the cost of installing a rain garden. The RainWise program encourages homeowners to convert their yards to rain gardens to catch storm runoffâ€“ and put it back in the soil.
Sudbury must address stormwater pollution to protect drinking water. The newly approved Sourcewater Protection Plan directs the city to engage in public outreach surrounding stormwater pollution and runoff reduction.