Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) continues to be at the forefront of Ontario’s green infrastructure movement. CVC and partners’ innovative stormwater management retrofit at Elm Drive, Mississauga was recognized with a Project of the Year Award (Environment, less than $2 million category) at the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony on January 30th.
An OPWA Project of the Year Award recognizes excellence in managing and administering public works. It also recognizes successful partnership between a managing agency, consultant and contractor.
The Elm Drive retrofit is a partnership between CVC, the City of Mississauga and Peel District School Board (PDSB). It manages stormwater runoff with permeable pavement and a series of connected rain gardens. These techniques capture, filter and clean stowmwater runoff, allowing it to slowly drain into nearby Cooksville Creek. The techniques, part of a growing suite of innovative construction approaches known as low impact development, manage stormwater on site.
“This project shows how low impact development can transform the way we manage stormwater and have multiple benefits in a community,” said Christine Zimmer, Senior Manager, Protection and Restoration in Water Resources for CVC. “Last July, during the storm that flooded Mississauga and Toronto, technologies at Elm Dr. held back the stormwater for 40 minutes. It’s proof that treating runoff at its source puts less strain on municipal storm sewer systems. Projects like this are building resiliency for more frequent extreme weather. “
City of Mississauga Ward 7 Councillor Nando Iannicca was instrumental in launching the project in his ward. Councillor Iannicca stated, “This project shows us that new approaches can help us solve old problems. We can manage stormwater while demonstrating Mississauga’s commitment to the environment.”
This is the second award recognizing CVC’s Elm Drive project. In 2013, it was awarded an Engineering Award of Excellence by the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, recognizing innovative engineering projects that demonstrate social, economic and environmental benefits.
CVC’s innovative stormwater management retrofit at Elm Drive, Mississauga.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.