Unique Partnership Creates Community Rain Garden at Cougar Canyon Elementary School in Delta, BC
When the Corporation of Delta hosted the first event in Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in Metro Vancouver: The 2007 Series, those who attended were impressed by what has been accomplished at Cougar Canyon Elementary School.
A unique partnership has established a template for involving the municipality, schools and a neighbourhood in creating community rain gardens to protect the health of downstream creeks.
Cougar Creek is Delta's primary salmon-bearing stream. This provided the driver for galvanizing the local community to protect stream health creation of a rain garden to infiltrate runoff from the parking lot at Cougar Canyon Elementary School. For an earlier story on this initiative, please click here.
Sarah Howie and Deborah Jones provided the local government and community activist perspectives, respectively, to explain how this unique project came to fruition. In Delta, Deborah Jones is known as the “ditch lady” because of her passion for converting ditches into neighbourhood enhancements.
To download a copy of the two-part PowerPoint co-presentation, please click on these links to Cougar Canyon Rain Garden and Step-by-Step to a Successful Rain Garden.
To download construction drawings for the project, please click on the following links to Site Plan for Cougar Canyon Rain Garden and Landscaping Plan for Cougar Canyon Rain Garden.
Posted November 2007.