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Find out how you and your community can help improve water quality in the Greenbelt's rivers, and help take action against flooding in your community.

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What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure is defined as natural vegetative systems and green technologies that collectively provide society with a multitude of environmental, social and economic benefits. 

Examples include barrels for harvesting rain, curbside bioswales to absorb and filter storm water, and trees and green walls to improve air quality.

Green infrastructure projects can range in scale from planting native species in your own garden to green roofs at bus stops to the multi-billion dollar project to naturalize the mouth of the Don River.

Green Infrastructure Options for Residents & Communities

 Residential

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 Main Street

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What are the benefits of Green Infrastructure?

Wide spread use of green infrastructure can cost-effectively help control stormwater, lower the risk of floods, remove pollutants, and reduce sedimentation in Greenbelt waterways -- critical factors for improving water quality and building resilience to climate change.

Green Infrastructure has the added benefit of doing many things at once. For example, a sewer’s only function is drainage, while green infrastructure can provide effective drainage, while improving water quality and offering a habitat for plants and animals. 

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What can you do?

Below are four options to get started:

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Do it Yourself: Read our user-friendly guide on projects you can use in your own home.

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

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

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Take our Survey: Let us know if you are interested in Green Infrastructure in your backyard and community.

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We also want to hear from any groups or organizations that are interested in exploring opportunities for other types of green infrastructure in their communities. Read our Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities, produced in partnership with Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, for information about how to get started.

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The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Green Infrastructure supports all of these goals. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to managing stormwater that can bring many social, economic, public health, and environmental benefits to communities. We are working to help Greenbelt communities to take advantage of those benefits. This initiative is created in partnership with:

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