What happens when 270 like-minded professionals gather to share their visions, experience and expertise about new approaches to managing rainfall and polluted urban runoff? You create a ripple effect of excitement, learning and new ideas for tackling the growing critical issue of protecting Lake Ontario, the source of drinking water for millions of people.

Early in October, CVC and partners presented the Making It Work 2012 Low Impact Development (LID) In Action conference in Mississauga. Delegates from a cross section of government, consultants, development industry, environmental groups and more shared their knowledge about innovative water technologies such as rain gardens and permeable pavement to manage stormwater.

LID practises collect and filter rain water into the ground where it falls, removing contaminants as it travels to creeks and rivers that flow to Lake Ontario. The new techniques result in cleaner water entering waterways. They also provide a better alternative to traditional stormwater management that collects rain and polluted run off from paved surfaces and carries it by pipe to Lake Ontario.

Through keynote speakers, panel presentations, “how to” classroom sessions and field tours across Greater Toronto, delegates at this year’s conference learned first-hand about the added benefits of LID technologies to reduce erosion and flooding, free up land for developers without a need for collection ponds, and save municipalities long-term costs on infrastructure maintenance and repair.

This was CVC and partners’ seventh and most popular annual conference, presented as part of CVC’s continued leadership in designing, developing and educating about innovative water technologies.

CVC partners included CMHC EQuilibriumTM Communities, Aquafor Beech Limited, Conversation Ontario, Grand River Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, REEP Green Solutions, terrafix® Geosynthetics Inc., and media sponsor Water Canada.

For more information about CVC’s low impact development practises, visit bealeader.ca.

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