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Committee approves pilot program with grants for residential stormwater management

February 16, 2021
Council Updates

Homeowners in the Pinecrest Creek/Westboro and Eastern Subwatershed areas could soon be eligible to get grants for stormwater management projects. The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management today approved piloting a program to encourage homeowners to manage stormwater on their properties.

The three-year pilot includes training for landscapers, along with public education and outreach on stormwater management practices. For residents in the Pinecrest Creek/Westboro and Eastern Subwatershed areas, the City would provide free home assessments and cover up to $5,000 per household for work like redirecting downspouts, establishing rain gardens and soak-away pits, and installing permeable driveways. The Eastern Subwatershed area includes the neighbourhoods surrounding Taylor Creek, Voyageur Creek, the Queenswood Catchments, Bilberry Creek and Green’s Creek and its tributaries.

Unmanaged stormwater runoff can increase erosion and flooding in local waterways and degrade water quality and aquatic habitats. This program would help reduce the harmful impact of runoff on the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Staff would report on the pilot in late 2023, recommending whether to make the program permanent.

The Committee also approved adding a new intake protection zone for the Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant. Approval would move the City closer to locating the plant’s primary intake deeper in the Ottawa River and nearer the Quebec side to help mitigate ice buildup that could shut down the plant or affect water flow.

Recommendations from today’s meeting requiring Council approval will rise to Council on Wednesday, February 24.

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