Ducks Unlimited Canada – A New Paradigm for Community Resilience: Implementing Naturalized Stormwater Systems in The Greenbelt
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Greenbelt Foundation are partnering to support a naturalized stormwater system to fit a new development site in accordance with existing municipal policy and regulations. We are currently in the process of establishing partnerships with a suitable municipality and developer to demonstrate this technology. An EOI for the demonstration project is available HERE.
DUC draws on 80 years of knowledge and experience of installing and managing wetlands across Canada. Since 2002, DUC have successfully implemented and maintained over 90 naturalized stormwater management ponds (SWMP) across Canada. Though it will vary from site to site, in Winnipeg, this has drastically reduced maintenance costs for the City. Traditional wet ponds would cost the city $10k/ha vs $2.1k/ha annually for a naturalized SWMP design. These naturalized designs improve water quality, allows for low to no maintenance, provide natural aesthetics, provide a great range of design options, deter urban geese, and are economically viable with potentially significant cost savings.
The Greenbelt includes more than 290,000 hectares of protected natural features, including over 20 urban river valleys that run across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These urban river valleys and natural features reduce flood risks, including $224M per year in flood protection for private property. Wide spread use of natural infrastructure can cost-effectively help control stormwater, remove pollutants, and reduce sedimentation in Greenbelt waterways, which are critical factors for improving drinking water quality.
Deadline for submissions is June 28th, 2019
Click here to review the EOI