Over the past few years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has installed five successful rain gardens at schools within the Credit River watershed and has received numerous requests from schools, teachers, and parents for additional rain gardens. Instead of approaching each school request as its own project, CVC decided to capitalize on cost savings by aggregating rain garden projects together to build economies of scale, maximize process efficiencies, and expedite the implementation of climate change adaptation practices to improve resiliency against increased stormwater runoff, aging infrastructure and improve water quality to the Credit River and Lake Ontario. These projects are also a great learning tool for teachers and students as an outdoor classroom, allowing for experiential learning without leaving the school property which is now very important with Covid-19. Credit Valley Conservation was a successful recipient of the most recent EcoAction Community Funding Program, receiving almost $100,000 to protect, rehabilitate, enhance and sustain the natural environment while getting the community involved. Six fusion rain garden projects will be implemented in the Region of Peel by CVC over a three year period, combining some of the partnership building, administration work, design work, and implementation to reduce the time and costs that are traditionally spent on single projects.
At this point in the project we are less than half-way, but we have initiated and built a new program for rain garden implementation and there have been a few lessons learned. This webinar will highlight the process so far and the lessons learned along the way and provide suggestions for those looking to install rain gardens on their property.
Space is limited. For additional information, please contact us at STEP@trca.ca.
This webinar is part of the STEP Water 2021 Webinar Series.