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EL: Developers in Alberta Embracing Cutting Edge Stormwater Technologies
Environmental Leader says developers in Alberta are embracing cutting-edge alternative stormwater technologies, by adopting widespread use of low-impact developments in urban planning and new community design.

YouTube: Decatur Street Stormwater Low Impact Development Demonstration
City of Olympia online video provides an introduction to the Decatur Street Stormwater Low Impact Development Demonstration Project. This project is a trial of a roadway design which features storage and infiltration of runoff under the pavement section. The project utilitzed three different types of runoff water quality treatment and then routes the runoff into a drainage layer under the pavement for storage and infiltration.
Industry Information

SPI: 5 Trends in Sustainable Water & Stormwater Management
Smart Prosperity Institute describes how five Canadian municipalities are exploring exciting new ways to provide water and stormwater services to their communities.
Issues & Performance

FBC: Successful Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Fraser Basin Council online report Showcasing Successful Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Lessons from Implementation showcases examples of green stormwater infrastructure in urban streetscapes, residential communities and institutional sites in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. It describes how features such as bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, pervious paving and infiltration trenches on urban sites offer multiple benefits. (PDF)

CMHC: 5 Case Studies Of Ecologically Engineered Stormwater Management
CMHC study evaluates the costs and benefits of using ecological stormwater management instead of traditional engineered solutions in urban environments. Using five cases, all within the Colquitz watershed in the District of Saanich, B.C., it found that ecological stormwater systems can offset infrastructure costs, reduce a development's environmental impact, and lessen chances of downstream flooding and hence flooded basements. It also has the potential to create more visually appealing neighbourhoods, if incorporated properly, which may add sales value. (PDF)

CMHC: Assessment Of Ecologically Engineered Stormwater Management
CMHC study evaluated how five engineered wetland installations and stream restoration projects in British Columbia affected stormwater quality. Projects varied in age and size, but all were built to reduce the negative effects of stormwater on local streams. The study concluded that such ecological solutions can be as or more effective than traditional best management practices for managing and treating stormwater, and should be considered for inclusion in new and existing developments. (PDF)

CMHC: Effectiveness Of Stormwater Source Controls In Urban Watershed Revitalization
CMHC research highlight focuses on stormwater source control activities at three sites within the Don River watershed. It applied the hydrologic model to three sites to assess the outcomes of different residential developments and other measures on stormwater and how innovative practices can mitigate adverse the environmental impacts of stormwater. (PDF)

CMHC: Rain Gardens Improve Stormwater Management
CMHC fact sheet provides detailed instructions on how to plan and create a rain garden, what types of plants to use, and how to easily maintain it. Complete with illustrations, this fact sheet will help you make a contribution to a healthier natural environment. (PDF)

Dovetail: Innovative Approaches To Municipal Stormwater Management
Dovetail report Innovative Approaches to Municipal Stormwater Management describes how to utilize green infrastructure as a cost-effective means to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality. (PDF)

Polis: Blueprint For Reinventing Rainwater Management In Canada's Communities
Polis Water Sustainability Project report Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada's Communities, provides a comprehensive action plan outlining the crucial steps necessary for changing the way communities govern stormwater. The blueprint describes measures that local and senior levels of government can take to move from the current system of stormwater management to one based in rainwater management. (PDF)

SPI: New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada
Smart Prosperity Institute report New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada provides Canadian local governments with an introduction to stormwater user fees and to the various other tools that they can implement to take an integrated approach to better urban stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure. (PDF)
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