Windom Road Rain Garden Work Party – Day 2
Join us to tour the low-impact-development features along Windom Road to see how the City of Kitchener can manage rain within reconstructed roadways to reduce community flood risk. Participate in planting a native plant garden in the Windom Road infiltration bulb to beautify the streetscape, soak up more water, and support urban wildlife like birds and butterflies.
In partnership with the City of Kitchener, we are hosting a work party and open house of this recently completed project. Come to learn from the design and construction team how this project aims to improve wildlife habitat and water quality in and around East Side Creek. You can also get your hands dirty as we work together as a community to plant native flowering plants and trees that support pollinators and soak up runoff when it rains!
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What to Expect
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and Tour of Project
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Planting of native plants (trees and perennials) within the infiltration bulb at the end of Windom Road
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please be sure to dress accordingly with sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and weather appropriate attire.
We will provide the tools including shovels, rakes, and trowels. Please bring your own gloves and water bottle!
Saturday, October 7, 2023
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Why Soak Up Water in Roadways?
Soaking up rain around roadways can be an effective way to reduce runoff flowing off of our paved surfaces. This prevents flooding during storms. A flood can damage critical infrastructure like water mains and sanitary sewers and creates community safety risks. 75% of urban Kitchener lacks stormwater management measures. Recent flooding at the Walter Bean Trail and Kiwanis Park highlights the need for action. Our community needs to adapt to intensifying weather caused by climate change. Infiltration gardens, like the one within the Windom Road bulb, is one way the City of Kitchener is adapting.
City of Kitchener Stormwater Projects
The City of Kitchener is working on several projects across the city to improve stormwater management. These projects improve water quality and reduce flood risk due to climate change. The projects are partially funded by the federal government’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) with $50 million toward projects during 2018-2028.
Rain Smart Neighbourhoods
In partnership with the City of Kitchener, Reep Green Solutions is working with residents to create beautiful and healthy landscapes that make a big impact on reducing community flood risk and improving local water quality. Healthy yards lead to Rain Smart Neighbourhoods where rain water soaks into the ground instead of falling on hard surfaces and turning into runoff. These small changes add up to make our community more resilient to climate change.
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