The Umbrella Blog UmbrellaGrowth-plan review backs green infrastructure<div><p>Following a recent review of regional land use plans, the Ontario government is proposing changes that could dramatically impact the way water is managed on the landscape.</p> <p>According to the government’s summary, <a href="">Shaping Land-Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe</a>, “Under proposed new policies in the Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine…</p></div>Clifford MaynesWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:54:42 -0400 islands for blue water<div><p><em>In collaboration with <strong>Jon MacMull</strong>, Supervisor, Marketing &amp; Communications, Credit Valley Conservation</em></p> <p>Stormwater management ponds have long been the infrastructure of choice for managing runoff from roads, parking lots and other impermeable surfaces. While stormwater ponds do a good job of slowing the surge of water during a rain storm and…</p></div>Alix TaylorWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:05:14 -0400 with developers to manage rain in the Lake Simcoe watershed<div><p><em><strong>With assistance from <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA)</a></strong></em></p> <p>Like many lakes impacted by urbanization, Ontario’s Lake Simcoe ecosystem faces challenges. This has long been recognized, and governments have been taking steps to protect and restore this ecosystem with multiple solutions, including green infrastructure.</p> <p>To learn more about…</p></div>Alix TaylorWed, 16 Mar 2016 12:24:10 -0400 rain—finding the right words<div><p>Rain falls on a city – but instead of running off into a storm drain, it flows into a curbside rain garden, off a roof into a cistern, or is absorbed into vegetation planted on roofs.</p> <p>What is this called?</p> <p>Storm drains and pipes are known as grey infrastructure – there’s no debate about that. But techniques for managing rain where it falls,…</p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 17 Feb 2016 14:47:00 -0500 infrastructure in winter<div><p>There are many myths about green infrastructure – and <a href="" target="_blank">many good counterarguments</a>. One of the most persistent myths is that Canada’s winter weather makes green infrastructure impractical. We hear it all the time: “This might work in temperate climates in Europe or the U.S. But we have winter!”</p> <p>This argument is not supported by the evidence.</p> <p>Some…</p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 16 Dec 2015 14:38:34 -0500 Paradise tears up pavement across Canada<div><p>Walk by <span><a href="" target="_blank">a busy commercial intersection</a> in Peterborough, <a href="" target="_blank">a schoolyard</a> in Ottawa, <a href="" target="_blank">a kids play area</a> in Kingston, and <a href="" target="_blank">a residential alleyway</a> in Montreal, and you might notice some big changes. All of these sites are part of the 2015 <a href="" target="_blank">Depave Paradise</a> program, in which community groups partnering with site hosts get volunteers to tear up unused pavement…</span></p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 25 Nov 2015 13:13:56 -0500 barrels for managing rain where it falls<div><p>Long promoted as a tool for water conservation, rain barrels are emerging as a simple low-cost method of on-site stormwater management. </p> <p>Collecting roof runoff is valuable whether the goal is to save water or manage rain where it falls. But if the goal is runoff volume reductions, municipalities need to promote the right messages.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Install more…</strong></li></ul></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 11 Nov 2015 12:21:31 -0500 for community-scale implementation of green stormwater infrastructure<div><p>Faced with the combined impacts of urbanization and climate change, how can municipalities take action across the landscape to reduce flood risk, erosion, and pollution?</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">A free workshop</a><span>,</span> being held Wednesday 2 December in Toronto, will outline tools for community-scale adoption of green stormwater infrastructure (low impact development).</p> <p> The…</p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 28 Oct 2015 10:32:15 -0400 on stormwater user fee (utility) model<div><p>After years of chronic underfunding of stormwater infrastructure, many Canadian cities are looking to a new model of charging dedicated lot-level stormwater management fees.</p> <p>This approach, often known as the stormwater utility model, has multiple advantages: reliable revenues, fairness, and the opportunity to incent measures that reduce runoff…</p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 14 Oct 2015 12:05:22 -0400 making the most of green infrastructure investments<div><p><span>When land is being torn up anyway, there are often opportunities for managing runoff with green infrastructure.</span></p> <p><span>Regulating new development and redevelopment projects to manage stormwater on site is becoming the norm in many cities. However, in most cities, development and redevelopment is only a small portion of the land area. In order to meet…</span></p></div>Clara BlakelockWed, 30 Sep 2015 14:25:58 -0400