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Aviva to offer overland flood insurance for homes. While sewer backup insurance coverage is available in Canada, until now there has been next to no protection against damage that occurs from water that enters homes through basement windows or foundations. In response to increased demand following extreme weather events, Aviva is planning to announce the new coverage in May in Ontario and Alberta.
What kinds of trees are best for managing stormwater? A Master's thesis investigates which factors influence how much water trees slow down, evapotranspirate, and soak up. The study found that average deciduous street tree in Kamloops, BC absorbs between 2500 and 3500 meters cubed of stormwater annually.
Canadaâ€™s municipal infrastructure deficit tops $123 billion. Canadaâ€™s infrastructure budget has been slashed in the last 20 years while aging municipal systems are unable to keep up with changing weather patterns. Cities around the world are using green infrastructure to manage risk, prolong infrastructure lifespans, and save money.
Bioswales to prevent sewer backups.After two 1 in 100 year storms in three years, Cornwall, Ontario needed to adapt to protect its residents. The City is doing so using a combination of green and grey infrastructure, and public awareness campaigning. A demonstration bioswale installed as part of a road reconstruction and sewer separation project showcases the possibilities for further low impact development.
Clogged catch basins in Halifax cause flooding.Snow clearing is the responsibility of one City department, stormwater infrastructure another. Residents are filling in the gaps by attempting to clear storm drains on their streets, but under so much snow itâ€™s hard for them to know where drains are located. With more snow and rain on the way, problems are unlikely to be resolved soon.
Keeping Lake Erie Alive. 4 March, 2015, 12-1:30pm EST. Webinar. Speakers from Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Essex Region Conservation Authority, and Freshwater Future on nutrient pollution in Lake Erie.
Urban watershed forum. 20 March, 2015. Toronto. Explore innovative approaches to stormwater management at this one day event.
Water innovations walk. 24 March, 2015. Waterloo. Learn how Canadaâ€™s first stormwater rate and credit systems have contributed to an innovative approach to water management at Wilfrid Laurier University.
TRIECA. 25-26 March, 2015. Ontario's premier stormwater and sediment and erosion control conference. Early bird deadline extended to 11 March. Clifford Maynes and Clara Blakelock of Green Communities Canada presenting. Register now.
Waterkeeper gala. 23 April, 2015. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Wade Davis. Tickets on sale now. Proceeds to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.