Environment Minister Jim Bradley broke ground August 24th on construction of innovative water technologies at IMAX Corporation in Mississauga. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and its partners are installing the technology to treat stormwater before it enters our rivers and Lake Ontario – the source of drinking water for 8 million people.

The Province of Ontario has recognized CVC and its 40 partners’ leadership in water innovation through a $1 million Showcasing Water Innovation (SWI) grant toward projects at nine separate sites in Mississauga, Caledon and Halton Hills. Private and public contributions bring total investment in the new technologies to more than $4 million.

Rainfall from the IMAX property flows into Sheridan Creek which flows into the provincially significant Rattray Marsh and Lake Ontario. Among new technologies being installed at the site are bioswales, or “rain gardens”, and industrial water filters that absorb, remove and filter pollutants from rain water, then slowly release the water before it enters the municipal storm system.  There will also be specially-designed permeable paver stones laid on top of gravel layers that allow rainwater to drain away from the surface, preventing it from rushing into municipal storm systems and reducing flooding.

CVC is considered a leader in clean water technologies for stormwater management and watershed protection to reduce flooding and erosion and improve water quality entering streams, rivers and Lake Ontario. CVC is hosting our annual Making It Work 2012 Conference Low Impact Development in Action on October 4 and 5 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  To learn more and to register, visit: www.creditvalleyca.ca/MIW

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