If we allow more rain to soak into the ground we can reduce the volume and pollutants that enter the nearest water body to our home. This will make it safer for swimming, habitat and drinking water quality downstream. At the same time letting the water soak into the ground recharges the aquifer and protects valuable groundwater.
Next time you're resurfacing the driveway or patio, consider using permeable paving or gravel. Permeable paving provides a hard stable surface, while at the same time allowing rain to percolate down through narrow gaps and gravel into the ground, recharging the aquifer. Some pavers are also designed to allow grass or other low growing species to thrive. (Read more...)
Native trees and bushes intercept stormwater, absorb water via the roots, and adapt better to excessive moisture and drought. Toronto's LEAF program has a comprehensive list of species and instructions. (Read more...)
A rain garden is a planted depression that collects rainwater runoff from hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas and allows it to soak into the ground and recharge the aquifer. The next time you're planning a new garden bed or landscaping your yard consider using this method to protect water quality in your nearest lake or river. CMHC has the best instructions. (Read more...)
Visit our newest website, www.raingardentour.ca to click through examples of established rain gardens and get inspired. Already got a rain garden? Upload your images to our site!