Umbrella Stormwater Bulletin #32 | 2 Sep 15 Published by Green Communities Canada
Collaborative voice calls for healthy waters
Lindsay Telfer is the national project director for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, and is leading outreach and engagement activities for Our Living Waters.
Protecting Canadaâ€™s fresh waters should be on the next federal governmentâ€™s agenda, whichever party wins on October 19. And curbing runoff pollution needs to be on the agenda.
This is a key message in Federal leadership for our living waters, a call to action for the next government of Canada that individuals and organizations are asked to support in advance of the coming election. The call to action is the first project under Our Living Waters, a new collaborative initiative administered by Tides Canada, coordinated by the Freshwater Alliance and supported by over 80 freshwater groups from across Canada. Our Living Waters aims to amplify the voice and impact of Canadaâ€™s freshwater community.
The goal: that all Canadian waters be restored to good health and protected.
Stormwater runoff, which has been identified in the U.S. as one of the leading sources of pollution to water bodies in urban areas, is singled out as an item for action in Canada as well. The call urges federal government action to address the countryâ€™s $88 billion infrastructure deficit through a 10-year strategic plan that puts emphasis on green infrastructure, rainwater management, and water conservation and efficiency.
Our Living Waters identifies four themes and associated actions...[Read more]
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Aging water infrastructure.Lake Ontario Waterkeeperâ€™s recent victory, requiring Toronto to inform the public about sewage bypasses into the lake, is just a first step. Vice-president Krystyn Tully states: â€œThe number one reason why we have these water quality issues ... is because our infrastructure isnâ€™t up to snuff.â€ Costs can be reduced by incorporating green infrastructure into any new plans.
Using history to predict precipitation.Extreme drought has led to the collapse of many civilizations. Modeling based on information gained through ancient pictographs and geochemical analysis has allowed researchers to model the likelihood of future droughts in Central China.
Stormwater managerâ€™s new best friend? Michigan has a new way to detect human sewage in stormwater -- sniffer dogs. Dogs trained to detect on-site leaks from faulty infrastructure and septics are saving time and money.
RAIN Events Calendar.A calendar of upcoming green infrastructure training, webinars and conferences.
5 Green Infrastructure Projects any Community Can Do.From depaving to building a rain garden this guide provides information on five simple GI projects people can do to address stormwater issues in their cities.
13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference. 5-8 October. New York City. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Cities Alive.
Winter weather O&M for green infrastructure. 6 October. Webinar. Registration and details available in late September. Hosted by USEPA. Free.
The Umbrella Stormwater Bulletin is a free, biweekly newsletter on green stormwater infrastructure published by the RAIN Community Solutions program of Green Communities Canada. Our audience is made up of municipal stormwater professionals, policymakers, academics, engineers, conservation authorities, nonprofits, and interested community members. We encourage submissions from our readers. Please contact the editor to submit a news item, blog idea, or event. RAIN Community Solutions builds support for and participation in stormwater innovations that reduce runoff by managing rain where it falls.