Construction Course Hammers Home Low Impact Development
Monday, December 9, 2013 by Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) led its first gold seal certified construction course on December 6 teaching construction professionals new techniques to better manage stormwater. The course, called “Making It Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management”, was offered through EPIC Municipal Infrastructure Training (EMIT) in Mississauga.
“Building LID is different than building traditional stormwater pipes and ponds,” said CVC’s Robb Lukes, who led the training session. “We show how to prevent failures, avoid expensive repairs and lower risk.”
A mix of designers, contractors and inspectors attended the session. They learned about large-scale LID projects such as in subdivisions and smaller projects like parking lot retrofits. Lukes and other instructors addressed every step of LID construction, from proper techniques to avoiding common mistakes.
Lukes showcased built sites in Ontario and other cold climates. “We’re sharing lessons learned – from important engineered soil testing to effective erosion control techniques.” Lukes gave recommendations for preparing tenders and contracts. He provided copies of CVC’s Low Impact Development Construction Guide.
The course is gold seal certified by the Canadian Construction Association. This gives it the stamp of approval in the association’s certification program for trained construction workers. It also gives stormwater professionals some tools of the trade to build LID in their jurisdictions.
“We’re committed to bringing low impact development to Ontario. Together with our funders and partners, we’re doing just that,” said Christine Zimmer, a Senior Manager at CVC. “LID is an important part of stormwater management. It’s an innovative way to build infrastructure that can handle our changing climate and more frequent, intense weather.”
CVC hosts the course again on January 31 in Waterloo and February 7 in Barrie. Interested engineering consultants, site inspectors, plan reviewers, municipal stormwater management staff and construction professionals can learn more and register through EMIT.
Low impact development (LID) is a growing field in stormwater management that treats polluted stormwater the way nature manages rain water. LID practices treat, filter and store stormwater where it falls. These practices help take pressure off municipal storm sewers and help reduce flooding potential. Stormwater is able to seep into the ground where it is naturally filtered. Cleaner water enters streams and creeks that flow to Lake Ontario, the source of drinking water for eight million Ontarians.
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 CreditRiver. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the CreditRiver watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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