Hey Oakville! Are you ready for rain?

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All around Southern Ontario, our forests, meadows and marshes have happily soaked up rainwater for millennia.

But this has changed.

Rain which previously soaked into the soil, is now falling on urbanized areas and running over impermeable surfaces like roofs, parking lots and streets. Rain that no longer soaks into soils, flows instead into constructed ponds, creeks and streams and ultimately Lake Ontario, picking up pollutants and heating up along the way, and this means increased water pollution, stream banks eroding, and the possibility of street, or even basement flooding.

This Bioswale at North Park in Oakville helps restore the hydrological cycle by capturing rain water from the parking lot.

There are solutions to this problem and we want you to join us to be part of them!

Over the next year, Oakvillegreen will be designing community and neighbourhood projects to demonstrate how we can absorb and use rainwater where it falls, in rain gardens and other rain absorbing landscaping solutions.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN READY for RAIN:

Help us find an ideal location!

We can help you build a rain garden! We are looking for individuals who want to host a rain garden on their property or other community locations where you would like to see a rain garden! Homes, multi-units, schools, churches, and businesses are all options. Ideally, we are looking for an area in Oakville that has experienced flooding, or where rain runoff is currently directed into a creek or water body.

Join our steering committee!

We are looking for community water champions! Are you interested in water issues? Want to learn about eco-friendly solutions to improve water quality and reduce runoff? Want to take action to reduce our community’s flood risk, and help the environment? Contact us at programs@oakvillegreen.org to join our steering committee and share your skills and expertise.

Attend our upcoming ‘How-to Build a Rain Garden Workshop’!

When: Wednesday, November 14th  7-8pm (come at 6:30pm to chat about possible rain garden locations)

Where:  Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Multipurpose Room 4 

What: All are welcome to attend this free workshop! Michael Albanese will cover the basics of rain gardens and other customized drainage solutions for stormwater management at the residential scale.

REGISTER for this workshop here: www.oakvillegreen.org/events

We want to create a greener community that is Ready for Rain and we need you!

Contact us today via email at programs@oakvillegreen.org or give us a call at 289-813- 1568.

Photo Courtesy of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, MI