December 3, 2020 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) received nearly $100,000 from the Government of Canada’s Federal Department of Environment and Climate Change through the EcoAction Community Funding Program to build six rain gardens at local schools.
A rain garden is a shallow area planted with shrubs, flowers and grasses. It slows down, soaks up and filters rainwater coming from nearby rooftops, driveways and parking lots before flowing into the stormwater system. Rain gardens help to keep our streams, rivers and lakes clean while also beautifying neighbourhoods and reducing localized flooding.
“We’re grateful for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community grant. It enables us, as local leaders in stormwater management, to bring our expertise to the community to make meaningful change on the ground,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer for CVC. “These rain gardens will help reduce pressure on municipal stormwater systems, improve schoolgrounds and build climate change resilience.”
CVC has already started work at five of the six schools – Janet I. McDougald Public School, Mineola Public School, Credit Valley Public School, Whitehorn Public School in Mississauga and Belfountain Public School in Caledon. CVC staff are currently investigation the sites and taking soil samples to determine the best spot for the rain gardens. The remaining Peel public school will be announced in the new year.
CVC is building on the success of school rain gardens installed at Glendale Public School in Brampton and Kenollie Public School and Allan A. Martin Senior School in Mississauga. The funding allows CVC to plan, design and install six rain gardens within a short three-year window, reducing the overall cost per project.
“The benefits of rain gardens extend beyond stormwater management,” said Phil James, Manager of Integrated Watershed Management for CVC. “Rain gardens are great outdoor classrooms and help teachers bring the curriculum to life. Students will help test soil, select plants and plant them, monitor for biodiversity and care for the gardens.”
The rain gardens will also provide the surrounding community with additional green space and are a demonstration of landscaping techniques that local residents and businesses can take on to help communities adapt to climate change. To learn more about green infrastructure and low impact development, like rain gardens, visit sustainabletechnologies.ca.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (“sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Photo Caption: Rain garden installed at Allen A. Martin Senior Public School in Mississauga.
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