Learn how to:
- Manage rainwater runoff
- Add beauty and value to your property with low maintenance landscaping
- Protect your home from flooding
- Keep our creeks and rivers healthy
- Connect the Drops – How do activities in your home and neighbourhood affect Pinecrest Creek and the Ottawa River?
The project is part of the larger Pinecrest Creek/ Westboro Stormwater Management Retrofit plan to reduce the harmful impacts of stormwater.
Activities included in the pilot project:
- Information sessions at community meetings and events
- Do It Yourself workshops on rainwater harvesting and infiltration landscaping
- Interpretive signs along the Pinecrest Creek and Ottawa River pathways, a joint initiative with the National Capital Commission (NCC)
- Rainscaping demonstration projects such as rain gardens and de-paving
- The pilot project will help the City learn how it can best support homeowners across Ottawa to better manage rainwater on their property.
How is stormwater managed near Pinecrest Creek and Westboro Beach?
Like many of the City’s older urban areas, neighbourhoods near the Pinecrest Creek and Westboro Beach were developed with little or no stormwater management. The Pinecrest Creek/ Westboro Stormwater Management Retrofit Plan includes a long-term action plan to:
- Improve water quality in Pinecrest Creek and the Ottawa River
- Reduce erosion and flood risk
- Improve the aquatic habitat in the Creek
- Reduce closures at Westboro Beach
Connect the Drops and watch the rainwater story
You can make a difference
We all play a part in reducing the harmful effects of stormwater on our streams and rivers. Simple actions like re-directing your downspout on to grass or gardens, capturing rainwater in a rain barrel for later use or landscaping to encourage rain to filter into the ground can make a real difference, especially when many people do them.
- Get an umbrella and go outside during a heavy rain - where does the water come off the roof and where does it flow?
- Get more detail on the steps you can take to manage rainwater on your property at RAIN Community Solutions. Help slow it down, soak it up and keep it clean!
- Take a walk along the Pinecrest Creek pathway and check out the interpretive signs on the impacts of stormwater.
- Learn more about the City’s stormwater collection systems and management practices and what you can do to reduce your impact on stormwater.
Pinecrest Creek/ Westboro Stormwater Management Retrofit Plan
A comprehensive study was completed in 2011 to identify solutions to minimize the negative impacts of uncontrolled stormwater runoff. This is challenging in older urban areas where there is little space to install conventional stormwater practices like ponds.
The Plan includes a combination of solutions to be implemented over 50 years:
- Rain gardens and permeable parking lots on City properties to encourage infiltration where rain falls
- Green streets to be installed as roads are reconstructed
- A stormwater management pond to treat runoff from 435 hectares south-east of Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue
- Encouraging private property owners to install rain gardens and rain barrels on their properties to manage rain where it falls
For more information read the 2011 Pinecrest Creek/ Westboro Stormwater Management Retrofit Study.
Interested in other projects that affect the Pinecrest Creek and Ottawa River?
- Learn about the stormwater management pond planned for Baseline and Woodroffe.
- The City monitors water quality at 130 stations across the City. Check out the Ottawa water quality map for more information.
- Stay up to date on the http://www.stage2lrt.ca/ and Confederation Line West Light Rail Transit and how it will affect the Pinecrest Creek corridor.
- Learn about the National Capital Commission’s plans for the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Riverfront Linear Park
- Contact a local community association or environmental group such as Ottawa Riverkeeper or Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s City Stream Watch program to participate in a clean-up or monitoring event
Slow it Down - rain barrel installation and maintenance
- Tips to Slow it Down (RAIN Community Solutions Program)
- Rain barrel installation (video)
- Rain barrel installation (video with sub-titles)
- Winterizing your rain barrel
- Rain barrel maintenance
- More tips on using rain barrels
Soak it Up - Rain gardens, Soak-away pits and Infiltration
- How to Build a Rain Garden
- Tips to Soak It Up (RAIN Community Solutions Program)
- Rain gardens
- How to make a soakaway pit
- Permeable pavement demonstration
Keep it Clean
- Tips to Keep it Clean (RAIN Community Solutions Program)
- Where to take Household Hazardous Waste in Ottawa
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