From Awareness to Action: Leading the Way to Improved Urban Stormwater and Riparian Management
AWARENESS: 1/2-day WORKSHOP
Partnering with the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (also known as 'Cows & Fish'), we have designed a workshop to help realtors, builders, green practitioners, community leaders, and decision-makers make the connection between stormwater management, riparian management, and the health of our water bodies. This workshop showcases products, techniques, practices and features which can restore the functionality of the urban landscape. The workshop touches on the economic value, the ecologic value, and the logistical and legal aspects of elements like rainwater harvesting systems, green roofs, non-turf-based landscapes, appropriate management of riparian areas, etc. We familiarize workshop participants with community-scale features such as stormwater reuse systems for irrigation, bioswales, suspended pavements, soil bioengineering techniques, riparian setback tools, etc. We foster a discussion through a short exercise that puts participants in the design chair for a real multi-family residential redevelopment project. Request this 1/2 day AWARENESS WORKSHOP for your community by contacting Leta van Duin or Kristina Wantola.
ACTION: HOST A SITE OR VOLUNTEER FOR A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
Interested in hosting a site in spring 2017? Any project in rainwater harvesting, converting turf to planting beds, using native plants, converting turf to deep-rooted or native species, adding topsoil, downspout diversion techniques, permeable pavement, green roofs, riparian restoration, stream, pond, constructed pond, or wetland restoration is eligible. Projects considering multiple techniques are preferred. Below are a few images of our project at Johnsonia Beach at Pigeon Lake - planted fall 2016. If you would like to discuss a demonstration project or want to be added to the list of potential volunteers, contact Leta van Duin or Kristina Wantola. It's a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and have the satisfaction of making a real difference. You can also download the Call for Demonstration Projects one-pager (scroll to bottom).
JOHNSONIA TURF CONVERSION / RIPARIAN RESTORATION / DOWNSPOUT MANAGEMENT /RAINWATER HARVESTING PROJECT
PLANTED OCTOBER 2016
lasagna method used to convert existing turf to planting bed
planted with 300 wildflower plugs and shrubs
A lot more happened with this site, but this is just a taste. We will return in spring 2017 to add a rain barrel and mulch the plant plugs.