Re-Visioning of our Roads with Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure incorporates natural systems and functions within the built environment, it is gaining momentum as an efficient and cost-effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on water management, natural heritage and agricultural systems in our communities and the Greenbelt.

Installing Green Infrastructure on our roads can have the following benefits:

  • Using vegetation and natural features in transportation right-of-ways increases the aesthetic value of streets and roadways. This helps improve human health and increases the rates of active transportation
  • It also builds habitat corridors for native and migratory species. In rural settings, it can provide much needed support for pollinators and the vital role they play for farmers
  • Rain gardens and bioswales will help filter pollutants in the air and water, improve local stream and river health, manage stormwater quality and quantity, and recharge the groundwater table

Find out more about each green infrastructure type: 

Rain garden and bioretentionA planted or ornamental rock-filled depression designed to collect, infltrate, and filter runoff.

Tree Canopy ExpansionTree planting, protection and maintenance increases the total amount of tree canopy, which helps clean air, filter water and provide shade.

Find out more:

Resources to DIY: View our list of resources available in your area to help with installation cost.

Help your Community: Read our Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities.

Read our blog series: Green Infrastructure has the potential to improve water quality, reduce the risk of floods, and ensure our watersheds are more resilient to climate change. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring interviews with municipalities, conservation authorities, and community groups to see how they are address these issues with green infrastructure.

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