Credit Valley Conservation, in partnership with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporate (CMHC), announces Canadian sustainability expert Dr. Avi Friedman and Town of Ajax Mayor Steve Parish as keynote speakers at its Making It Work 2012 conference – Low Impact Development in Action taking place October 4th and 5th at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga.

This is CVC’s seventh annual conference and one of Ontario’s premier showcases for innovative low impact development (LID) stormwater management practices in Ontario and across Canada.

“The vision of Ontario’s proposed Great Lakes Protection Strategy is one of healthy Great Lakes for a stronger Ontario,” says Christine Zimmer, Manager of Protection and Restoration at CVC. “The strategy points to scientific warnings that the Great Lakes are at a ‘tipping point’ of irreversible decline when 40 million people live in the Great Lakes basin and 80 percent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

“There is significant economic return from actions that keep the Great Lakes healthy, including low impact development that manages stormwater with an average two-to-one return on investment compared with traditional development practices.”

CVC and its partners, including CMHC Equilibrium Communities, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and REEP Green Solutions, are at the forefront of LID technology development, design, and implementation in Ontario.

This year’s conference features LID leaders from government, consultant, private and public organizations across a range of land-uses – public, industrial, commercial and residential. Participants and speakers will exchange ideas and solutions in presentations, panel discussions, classroom instruction and site specific field tours throughout south central Ontario to share knowledge and gain tools to deliver reliable, cost effective LID projects with solid community support.

For registration and more information, visit

Low Impact Development is a rapidly developing field in stormwater management that uses advanced techniques such as rain gardens and permeable pavement to help rain water filter into the ground, reducing polluted runoff and lessening the likelihood of erosion and flooding. LID is the solution for addressing water management impacts in a holistic, sustainable manner.

Conservation authorities work in partnership with municipalities to protect people and property through flood warning, guiding development and implementing green development. CVC has been working for nearly 60 years with municipalities, public stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed.

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Media Contact:
Maureen Pogue
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
Tel: 905-670-1615, x242
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Christine Zimmer
Manager, Protection & Restoration
Credit Valley Conservation
Tel: 905-670-1615, x229
[email protected]

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