Re-Inventing Rainwater Management in the Capital Region: The pollution problem we can't save for a rainy day
Rainwater runoff harming the urban landscape, according to new study
“When it rains on the West Coast, the last thing most people think is that it’s bad for the environment,” writes Mark Hume in an article published by the Globe and Mail. “But a new study by the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Victoria makes it clear just how harmful stormwater can be when it washes across an urban landscape.”
“It’s an impressive piece of work, which lays out a blueprint for achieving dramatic change in the way rainwater runoff is managed.”
To read the complete article, click on The pollution problem we can’t save for a rainy day.
Re-Inventing Rainwater Management
Released in February 2010, “Re-Inventing Rainwater Management” documents how ‘green’ rainwater management has now been adopted by engineers, developers, planners and governments across North America.
The report also demonstrates that ‘Design with Nature’ approaches and Low Impact Development techniques are environmentally superior, and often are cheaper. In addition, they can provide incalculable benefits.
To download a copy and learn much more, click on Re-Inventing Rainwater Management: A Strategy to Protect Health and Restore Nature in the Capital Region.
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“Traditional stormwater management broke the natural water cycle,” states Calvin Sandborn, Legal Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Victoria.
“In contrast, modern rainwater management looks at the dynamics of the entire watershed and identifies how development can use ‘green infrastructure’ to maintain natural systems and protect buildings.”
About the Environmental Law Clinic
The primary mission of the Environmental Law Centre Society is to provide research and advocacy on public interest environmental issues. The ELC is a multi-pronged structure that draws on the expertise and involvement of students, professors, legal practitioners, and environmental activists.
Posted March 2010