Umbrella Stormwater Bulletin | 15 October : 11

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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 it’s most helpful to hear directly from the experts. That’s why we’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.

Presenters include:

  • 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)

It would cost thousands of dollars to hear these experts present at conferences, but you can hear from them from the comfort of your own desk for only $150 for the entire series of six sessions.

(Click here to find out more about the webinar series... )

POLL: Which webinar is most relevant to your needs?

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Latest news

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 runoff– 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. 

Natural beauty turns heads. In a neighourhood of manicured lawns in Philadelphia, a landscape architect has created a haven for native plants and insects - and the community is taking notice.


Climate Change Adaptation OWWA/WEAO Joint Seminar. 22 October, 2014. Vaughn. Presenters Henk Ovink, Blair Feltmate, Susanne Torriente, Kerry Freek, Laura Zizzo.

Assessing Risk and Managing Wet Weather Flows. 29 October, 2014. Burlington. WEAO specialty workshop, case studies on innovative wet weather management solutions and the importance of risk management.

Resilient Rainwater Management: Across Canada Workshop Series on Stormwater Management and Adapting to a Changing Climate. 30 October, 2014. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. Workshop. Ottawa. .

The Business Case for Change: the need for innovative stormwater solutions. 31 October, 2014, 12-1pm EDT. Webinar. Christine Zimmer and Phil James, Credit Valley Conservation.

LID Technical Training - Design of Infiltration Practices. 3 November, 2014. Mississauga. Instructed by Dean Young of TRCA and Chris Denich of Aquafor Beech.

The Umbrella is an online community designed for knowledge-sharing about green stormwater infrastructure. Its members are municipal stormwater professionals, policymakers, academics, engineers, conservation authorities, nonprofits, and interested community members. The Umbrella is managed by Green Communities Canada. Submit an item for an upcoming issue or provide feedback on the bulletin.

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