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Community Partners

The Stormwater Challenge is supported by Intact Foundation. There may be opportunities for individuals at Intact Insurance to provide advice and support for your Stormwater Action Plan or Project.

As part of Intacts’ commitment to building more resilient communities, over the last decade, they have been at the forefront of climate change adaptation in Canada. In 2015, the company established – by funding $4.25 million – the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, an applied research centre dedicated to helping Canadians cope with the effects of extreme weather and climate change.

See our local resources section for a list of some of these groups and their projects

Community and Local Resources

As the impact of Climate Change is felt across Canada and North America in the form of bigger storms and increased risk of flooding. Local community groups, environmental organizations and local governments are working toward solutions.

These local efforts are the first line of defense in the challenge to adapt and mitigate climate change. Your class, eco club or school can join the network of active groups: · naturalizing and de-paving areas,
· creating rain gardens,
· preventing plastic pollution,
· rehabilitating streams,
· and installing rain barrels.

Take advantage of these local efforts to maximize your impact and flood proof your community and school. If possible -- search your local area for groups that you can partner with, or learn from.

Greenlearning is also in contact with other stormwater community groups across Canada. Contact us directly at marcus@greenlearning.ca to explore the possibility of community partnership opportunities and or arranging expert advice.

National

Intact Center for Climate Adaptation
https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/
The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) is an applied research centre with a national focus within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre works with homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to identify, and reduce, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
Contact: Dana Decent, Manager, for ways to get involved with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at Intact.Centre@uwaterloo.ca

Depave Paradise
http://depaveparadise.ca/
Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada a our local partners in communities across Canada. We support volunteers and neighbourhoods to remove unwanted pavement and plant gardens filled with native species.
Contact: Rose Bergeron Tel: 705-745-7479 x159

The Yellow Fish Road
https://tucanada.org/yellow-fish-road/
The Yellow Fish Road™ program engages Canada’s youth, community groups, environmental organizations, families and individuals to protect our water. The program links learning to action and provides both curriculum and badge links for youth in Kindergarten to Grade 9. Participants learn about the impact of pollution and what steps they can take to protect their local water, then they can take action by painting yellow fish symbols with the words ‘Rain Only’ by storm drains and distributing informative fish-shaped brochures to nearby households reminding people that ‘Only Rain Goes Down the Drain’.

Green Communities Canada
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/about-us/
GCC is a national association of community organizations that help people go green – in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work, and in the community. GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers. GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

British Columbia

Water Bucket
https://waterbucket.ca/
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia (the Partnership) is the hub for a “convening for action” network in the local government setting, is responsible for delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan program through partnerships and collaboration, and embraces a vision for shared responsibility where all the players align their efforts for the common good.
The Partnership plays a bridging role between provincial and local governments, and between local governments and the stewardship sector; and is the steward for Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, a provincial guidance document released in 2002.Under the Action Plan umbrella, the Partnership collaborates with government and others to develop methodologies, tools and resources to support implementation of the Whole-System, Water Balance Approach to land use, infrastructure servicing and asset management.

Green Communities Local Offices
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/members/
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

Alberta

The Alberta Community Resilience Program
https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-community-resilience-program.aspx
The Alberta Community Resilience Program.(ACRP) is a multi-year grant program supporting the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought events, while supporting integrated planning and healthy, functioning watersheds.
The ACRP provides grants for the design and construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding and drought and help to ensure public safety is protected.
This provincewide, cost-shared capital funding program is not intended to provide emergency funds or duplicate funding opportunities offered by other provincial grant programs.

Green Communities Canada - Local Offices
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/members/
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

Ontario

Ontario EcoSchools
https://www.ontarioecoschools.org/
From individual behaviours to collective impact, all members of school communities are empowered with the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and desire to act as environmentally responsible citizens. Our mission is to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. To do this we:
- Certify K-12 schools in environmental learning and action. Learn More.
- Create a vibrant network of schools, school boards and community partners. See the School Map.
- Build strong EcoTeams with training sessions and tools. See Best Practices.
- Embed ecological literacy into the curriculum and daily practices. Visit our Resource Library.

City of Mississauga
http://www7.mississauga.ca/Departments/Marketing/stormwater/stormwater-charge/docs/inclass_presentation.pdf
Stormwater Presentations
Contact: City of Mississauga: Book by calling 1905-615-3200

Yellow Fish Road
https://trca.ca/app/uploads/2016/04/YellowFishRoadBrochure.pdf
The Yellow Fish Road program is a FREE half-day, curriculum-linked, action oriented experience that gets participants involved in community outreach. Developed by Trout Unlimited Canada, the Yellow Fish Road program offers a PowerPoint presentation; an in-class demonstration and an interactive model helping participants understand how storm drains are linked to local water bodies without any purification. Participants mark local storm drains with yellow fish symbols and distribute educational leaflets to homes in the area, helping to raise awareness of storm water pollution. This program runs from the beginning of April until the end of October, and is ideal for schools (grades 2-12 inclusive), Guides and Scouts, corporate and special interest groups.
Contact: TRCA’s Yellow Fish Road Coordinator at 416-661-6600 ext. 5764 or yellowfishroad@trca.on.ca

Green Communities Ontario - Local Offices
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/members/
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

Toronto and Region Conversation Authority (TRCA)
https://trca.ca/conservation/sustainable-neighbourhoods/snap-neighbourhood-projects/burnhamthorpe-snap/projects-depave-paradise/
A community learning team that delivers programs focused on natural and cultural heritage, habitat creation and citizen science that engage the public in environmental initiatives. We work in partnership with residents, schools, community groups and municipalities to deliver these programs.

Reep Green Solutions
https://reepgreen.ca/
https://reepgreen.ca/event/healthy-yards-idea-spark-planning-rain-coach/
Works with municipalities in Waterloo Region and Green Communities Canada, Reep Green Solutions to implement a groundbreaking storm water management program across all sectors in Waterloo Region.
Reep provides workshops designed to give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops will focus on rain smart techniques and the best places to integrate them into your outdoor space, including:
- Rain gardens
- Naturalized landscaping
- Infiltration galleries
- Rainwater harvesting
- Permeable pavement
- Other aspects of healthy yards, such as attracting bees and butterflies
Customer Service Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Phone: 519-744-9799 or 1-855-744-7337 (REEP)

Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC)
http://hamiltonharbour.ca/rain_gardens__raing_/
BARC is is partnered with Green Venture over the next three years to build rain gardens in schools throughout the Hamilton Harbour watershed.
Life Sciences Building 1280 Main St West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
905-527-7111
barc@hamiltonharbour.ca

Atlantic Canada

Clean Foundation - Atlantic Stormwater Initiative
http://atlanticstormwater.ca/map/
Three Stormwater Demonstration sites (Moncton, Charlottetown, Dartmouth)
http://atlanticstormwater.ca/demo-sites/
Clean Foundation works for a clean climate and clean water – and to support these foundations of a clean economy, we foster clean leaders of all ages. We provide the knowledge, tools and inspiration needed to encourage the actions that lead to positive environmental change and a greener economy.

Green Communities Canada - Local Offices
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/members/
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

Manitoba

Green Communities Canada - Local Offices
http://greencommunitiescanada.org/members/
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:
- Improve the health of our communities
- Conserve resources for future generations
- Reduce pollution

Information Resources

 

Videos

UBC - Bowker Creek Restoration Case Study
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"Bowker Creek Blueprint: A 100-year action plan to restore the Bowker Creek watershed"
GCC has over two dozen member organizations in every region of the country, with combined annual revenues of $24 million, 600 employees, and more than 2000 volunteers.
Overview of stormwater infrastructure, Local history and development and a case study of stream restoration “On Vancouver Island, the Bowker Creek restoration initiative is a “beacon of hope”. A provincially significant precedents, it has a long history in demonstrating how local government partnerships with stewardship groups can “improve where we live”. The Bowker Creek restoration story is inspirational.”


The Clean Show - Episode 5: Stormwater and go with the flow. (13:34) The Clean Foundation
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"Clean Show episode 5: Stormwater and not going with the flow"
“It’s always storm season somewhere in Atlantic Canada. It can rain and snow – a lot – in our region. But where does all that water go? And what does it take with it – pollutants, garbage, and soil? Join us as we wade into a discussion on storms, climate change and flooding.”


Green Space Based Learning (University of South Florida)
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"USF-Green Space Based Learning"
Working with schools to develop inquiry-based science learning accessible infrastructure and the development of green spaces.


Innovative Stormwater Management at the Neighbourhood Scale
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"Innovative Stormwater Management at the Neighbourhood Scale"
UBC's Master of Land and Water Systems program presents an educational video on Urban Stormwater Management at the neighbourhood scale. Parking lot and road designs are covered, as well as bioswales, detention ponds, constructed wetlands and associated issues with mosquitoes. This series is useful for educators, senior students, and homeowners Production made possible by The Learning Centre at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.


Into The Sewers: Bloomington Stormwater Management Tunnels (5:32 mins)
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"Into the Sewers! A tour of Bloomington's stormwater management tunnels"


Manage Stormwater on your Property, Infographic by Clean Foundation
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"Manage stormwater on your property"
“When it rains, water can’t soak into surfaces like driveways and roads – instead it runs off into streets and storm sewers, and takes with it a number of pollutants like oils, fertilizers, salt, dirt and garbage. Minor landscaping changes on your property can drastically help manage stormwater. Not only can you reduce the potential of flooding on your property, you can also harvest rainwater for your gardens. Reducing runoff can help minimize the impact on lakes and streams, and help encourage rainwater to soak into the ground to recharge our groundwater aquifers.”


“Solving Stormwater” The Nature Conservatory in Washington (5:32 mins)
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"Solving Stormwater"
Stormwater sneaks up on the Seattle region so innocently, as rain droplets falling through the misty air, but when it hits the ground, it picks up bacteria from lawn fertilizers, copper from brake pad deposits, oil from vehicle emissions and other pollutants that become deadly to salmon and Orcas when they trickle into Puget Sound. That's why we partnered with Washington State University to solve stormwater issues surrounding our urban cities.


“What is Stormwater” City of Vaughan
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"What is Stormwater?"
Animated definition of stormwater and its effects (stop at 0:37)


“What the Heck is Stormwater Runoff?” (Water Quality Outreach, 2014)
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"What the Heck is Storm Water Runoff? - Stormwater How To"
Episode 1 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds. This video provides a quick introduction to pollution and storm water with a similar message as the original more detailed Slow the Flow video. This video also briefly describes the many negative impacts polluted stormwater runoff has on human health and the environment. Some of the strategies to eliminate polluted stormwater runoff in urban areas are also touched on in this video.

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Accessing Urban Environmental Education Opportunities via Green Infrastructure, 2016
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"Accessing Urban Environmental Education Opportunities Via Green Infrastructure"

Advancing Low Impact Development as a Smart Solution for Stormwater Management
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"Advancing Low Impact Development as a Smart Solution for Stormwater Management"

Discovering Stormwater Runoff on Schools Grounds
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Student Handout Urban Runoff Part 1

Don River Stormwater Plan
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"Don River Watershed Site Evaluation— Predicting Effectiveness of Stormwater Source Controls in Urban Watershed Revitalization"

Downspout Designs For School (Images)
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Evaluation of methods for evaluating stormwater pollutant loads
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"Evaluation of methods for evaluating stormwater pollutant loads"

A Field Evaluation of Rain Garden Flow and Pollutant Treatment
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"A Field Evaluation of Rain Garden Flow and Pollutant Treatment"

Preliminary Observations on Water Quality of Storm Runoff from Four Selected Residential Roofs (1993)
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"Preliminary Observations on Water Quality of Storm Runoff from Four Selected Residential Roofs"

Principles for urban stormwater management to protect stream ecosystems
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"Principles for urban stormwater management to protect stream ecosystems"

Southfield Public Schools Stormwater Management Program Plan
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"Southfield Public Schools Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)"

Storm Smart Schools Guide
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"STORM SMART SCHOOLS - A Guide to Integrate Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Meet Regulatory Compliance and Promote Environmental Literacy"
This detailed American ‘how-to’ guide focuses on best practices for transforming school grounds for health and environmental benefits.

“Stormwater Basics; Ready-to-Use Educational Toolkit for Stormwater Management” Penn State Extension
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"Stormwater Basics"

Students Design Stormwater Solutions
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"Students Design Stormwater Solutions"
Earth Echo International has developed curricular units to help students learn about the environment including work on stormwater runoff which through an audit process and design of solutions offers opportunities to learn about civil engineering, history, design, math, and citizen science with real-world applications.

Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan
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"Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan"

Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan (Lesson plan)
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"Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan"

Urban Runoff Part 2: Designing a Plan for Stormwater Runoff
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"Urban Runoff Part 2: Designing a Plan for Stormwater Runoff"