Rainwater Capture: Planning

Impact of a Changing Climate: "Stormwater infrastructure needs to be re-envisioned," says editorial in Detroit Free Press after historic 24-hour rainfall

For the last 50 years, heavy rain events have been happening more frequently across the Midwest. “It’s not a large increase, but it’s measurable, We’re going to have to build our systems to be more resilient to basically cope with changing variability. Variability is a key, key issue for us as a society,” says Jeffrey Andresen.

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Clean Streams, Strong Neighbourhoods (Video): "Blueprint Columbus"

Instead of simply storing excess water that seeps into the sanitary sewer system when rain falls and snow melts, Blueprint Columbus will address the source of the problem. “What we’re seeing in cities like Columbus is part of a trend toward using green infrastructure to meet specific needs of utilities while generating a host of additional benefits for their communities. These cities are turning their infrastructural liabilities into assets,” wrote Steve Goldsmith.

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City of Courtenay Issues 2014 State of the Environment Report

“There’s no question that land development has an impact on our local ecology. One of the most visible and loved ecological features of a community is its water – its streams and rivers, lakes and wetlands. In working with the conservation sector, we decided to focus on these ecosystems to highlight their value and show how they are changing as our community grows over time,” said Nancy Hofer.

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Wetland Conservation in a Watershed Health Context: “Watershed Blueprints will help municipalities integrate and better deliver on regulatory requirements,” says Kim Stephens

“A watershed blueprint helps to create a picture of how to achieve a desired future condition. If communities reduce their ‘water footprint’, and if local government actions ensure the integrity of groundwater flow, they can then protect watershed and stream health. This is a reason for conserving wetlands,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Rainwater Management in a Watershed Sustainability Context – What’s the Goal?

“The stream health methodology embedded in the Water Balance Model enables a watershed target to be established. It also enables the user to assess how to meet the watershed target at the site scale. This helps planners and designers wrap their minds around how to implement ‘design with nature’ solutions on-the-ground,” explains Ted van der Gulik.

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