Mississauga Green Streets project among the first of its kind in Canada
June 11, 2012 – Credit Valley Conservation, the City of Mississauga and their partners have launched a first-of-its-kind project that will serve as a model for communities Canada-wide.
In the Lakeview neighbourhood of Mississauga, the current roadside stormwater ditches will be converted to attractive rain gardens that absorb and release rain water slowly, filtering out pollutants like oil or household chemicals that can be found on paved surfaces. The new streetscape will improve the quality of water that finds its way from street to stream and ultimately into Lake Ontario, the source of drinking water shared by more than 8 million people.
“Finding better ways to deal with stormwater is critical to protecting and improving the environment,” said Christine Zimmer, Manager of Protection and Restoration for CVC. “We’re showing that sustainable stormwater management can be done in a way that is cost effective, and creates more liveable, attractive streetscapes.”
Stormwater management has evolved since the 1980s to include best management practices known as ‘Low Impact Development’ or LID. These LID practices beautify while contributing to a healthier environment by helping to filter urban runoff. As one of the organizations at the forefront of LID techniques in Canada, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has received special funding from the Ontario Ministry of Environment’s Showcasing Water Innovation (SWI) program to implement a series of nine leading-edge green infrastructure projects.
Some of the other projects include:
• Elm Drive in Mississauga – CVC has partnered with the City of Mississauga and the Peel District School Board to install a bioswale* in the road right-of-way to help capture, filter and clean rain water from the surrounding road and parking lot, rather than have that water flow into nearby Cooksville Creek.
• IMAX – A corporate leader in LID – A new permeable parking lot will serve as a model for businesses looking to green their workplaces. Permeable paving uses sustainable materials that allow the movement of stormwater through the surface. In addition to reducing runoff, the special underground material traps and filters pollutants from the water.
“By implementing everyday neighbourhood examples that serve as models for other communities, CVC is helping to change the way people think about what a typical front yard or streetscape looks like,” said Christine Zimmer.
The payoff for communities that adopt LID practices comes in the form of lower infrastructure maintenance costs, reduced insurance losses, and of course a cleaner, greener environment into the future.
To learn more about Low Impact Development, check out the growing suite of resources at www.bealeader.ca.
* A bioswale, sometimes also known as a rain garden, is a landscape feature that helps manage stormwater through the use of landscaped depressions engineered to collect, store, and infiltrate runoff.
Photos are available upon request.
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 over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
Tel: 905-670-1615 ext. 557
Manager, Protection and Restoration
Credit Valley Conservation
Tel: 905-670-1615 ext. 229