Properly designed “rain gardens” can effectively trap and retain up to 99 percent of common pollutants in urban storm runoff, potentially improving water quality and promoting the conversion of some pollutants into less harmful compounds. This is according to new research scheduled for publication in the February 15, 2006 issue of the American Chemical Society journal, “Environmental Science and Technology”. The affordable, easy-to-design gardens could help solve one of the nation’s most pressing pollution problems.
Efficient water use and conservation technologies are important components of CMHC's “Healthy Housing” commitment to environmental stewardship. On this site, you will find highlights of recent Canadian and international research and efforts in this field.
InfraGuide works collaboratively to create a network advantage within the broad infrastructure community, and to develop and disseminate best practices and tools that encourage innovation to support sustainable municipal infrastructure decisions and actions that protect and enhance the quality of life of Canadians.
The Water Balance Model for BC demonstrates how to achieve significant progress towards sustainability in a number of categories. While the focus is on integration of land use planning with stormwater management for urban watershed protection, the vision is to facilitate a closed loop approach to management of the urban water cycle. The objective is that stormwater volume reduction will be seamlessly integrated with land use planning and site development practices.
IWA is a global network of water professionals, spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle.