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March 22nd is World Water Day

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World Water Day is observed worldwide each year on March 22nd. It is an opportunity to focus attention on a natural resource that all our lives and livelihoods depend on. It is a day on which to be inspired and take action to make a difference for those who can’t take water for granted.

World Water Day was established in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly following a recommendation by the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio a year earlier.

Each year, UN-Water – the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation –
sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a global challenge. In 2016, World Water Day highlights how water and jobs interact to transform people’s lives.

In Oakville, our access to and use of water for drinking, farming, commercial uses, recreation and nature conservation is rarely top-of-mind. We turn on the tap and it is just there! Rain falls and it is whisked off to somewhere!

However, on World Water Day we’d like to shine a light on how each and every yard, roof and home in our community can help to be water-wise.

Stay tuned for more information on programs coming to Oakville to help manage rain where it falls! Also, be sure to join us on April 5th, at our AGM, when Sean James, of FernRidge Landscaping, will be speaking about rain gardens and other landscaping tips for absorbing water where it falls.

Please enjoy this guest post by Michael Albanese below.

Landscaping and Stormwater

Guest Post by Michael Albanese, Owner/Operator AVESI Stormwater and Landscape Solutions

As someone who lives and works in water industry of Southern Ontario I’ve seen a real desire within our community to be good stewards of local watersheds. We all want to experience the benefits of healthy watersheds: clean streams, swimmable beaches, recreational enjoyment, and an overall healthier environment.

This raises the question of how can we all help. Is there a link between our homes and our local watersheds?

The simple answer is yes! Next time it rains notice the square sewer grates on city streets collecting rainwater. That rainwater becomes stormwater runoff as it picks up pollutants like petroleum residues, heavy metals, bacteria, lawn fertilizers, and salt before it drains untreated into local waterways.

When it comes to keeping our watersheds healthy – start with trying to send less stormwater to sewers by creating spaces on our properties to store and absorb rainwater. An easy place to start making changes is at downspouts. Take a walk around your property, notice where downspouts are draining water, and look for opportunities to store and absorb that water. Rain barrels and water absorbing rain gardens can add a modern and sophisticated aesthetic along while filtering water through the soil.

The RAIN program delivered by Green Communities Canada is a great resource for homeowners looking to take an environmentally conscious approach when managing stormwater. Benefits of storing and absorbing rainwater reach beyond watershed health. As global climate change brings more intense storms, homeowners are experiencing greater losses caused by water damage and flooding than ever before. Recently, water related claims have surpassed fire as the largest dollar amount paid out by property insurers. The RAIN program also provides a great rainproofing checklist for how to keep homes safe from water and flood damage.

If you are considering hiring a landscape contractor for your property and want to add an environmental touch make sure to ask about water features that absorb, store, and/or recycle rainwater.

 

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Credit: North Carolina Department of Energy and Natural Resources
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AVESI Backyard Rain Garden

AGM April 5th & Guest Speaker, Sean James on Rain Gardens

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PLEASE JOIN US for our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – 6:30pm

Trafalgar Room – Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road

with special guest speaker

Sean James, FernRidge Landscaping
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Rain Gardens and Landscaping Tips for Absorbing Rain Where it Falls!

All are welcome – refreshments will be served!
For more information call (289) 813-1568.

Sean James designs and builds rain gardens, and speaks often about the benefits of rain gardens for homeowners and our environment. Read a short article from Sean on rain gardens published in Niagara Escarpment Views Autumn 2014. Watch his series of YouTube videos on: What to do in a Downpour?

Did you know that compared to a patch of lawn a rain garden allows 30% more rain water to soak into the ground! Learn more about rain gardens from this TRCA guide.

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Markham Museum Demonstration Rain Garden Image Credit: www.trca.on.ca

Oakville Native Tree & Pollinator Garden Kit Sale

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With SPRING only one week away, Oakvillegreen is once again offering a variety of NATIVE TREES and POLLINATOR GARDEN KITS for sale!

Order today! Visit our shop here!

All plants must be ordered online before April 24th, 2016.

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Your plants will be available for pick up at the Town of Oakville Municipal Greenhouse on Cornwall Road on May 7th from 9am – 12noon. (If you cannot pick up your order May 7th, please email programs@oakvillegreen.org to make arrangements to pick up on May 6th, 2016 between 4pm-6pm.


 

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We are also excited to announce that Fruit Trees ordered through TREEMOBILE can also be picked up in Oakville at the Town of Oakville Municipal Greenhouse on May 6th (4pm-6pm) or May 7th (9am-12noon).

Visit the TREEMOBILE SHOP to see their full selection of climate-appropriate fruit trees (apples, plums, cherries, persimmons, pears, paw paw, and more!), berries and other edibles.