is the program about?
program is a pilot project being initiated by the municipality of Saanich,
the Friends of Mount Douglas Park, and Veins of Life Watershed Society.
It hopes to encourage citizens to divert the rain water that is currently
flowing from their storm drains into Mount Douglas Creek, onto more natural
reduce the amount of urban runoff
entering Mount Douglas Creek
Why is it being done?
rains in Victoria, the water from your roof collects in the eaves
and empties into the storm drain system. From the storm drain, this
water flows directly into Mount Douglas Creek. During a heavy rainfall,
a vast amount of water flows from rooftops into these storm drains.
This heavy flow can result in flash flooding of the creek, causing
erosion and an increase in suspended sediments (turbidity) - both
of which can be damaging to stream life. With this program, rainfall
will be diverted from the storm drains, decreasing the impacts of
heavy rain on Mount Douglas Creek.
How can you
If you live
within the Mount Douglas Creek drainage area, and have been visited
by the Friends of Mount Douglas Park, please fill the pamphlet they
left on your door knob and send it in. After that, you don't have to
lift a finger. At a cost of only $5/downspout, an E-team crew from the
Veins of Life Watershed Society will visit your home to provide more
information or to do a site assessment of your property. They may then
disconnect your roof downspout and divert the flow onto your lawn or
garden, or into a rain barrel that you have provided.
in this program is a terrific help to our community stream.
for your participation!
How can you
the environmental benefits to your local stream, this program will provide
you with an effective means of recycling a valuable resource. With the
CRD's new water restrictions, many homes are now concerned about the
health of their landscaping (which according to the City of Vancouver
accounts for 40% of household water use). Rainwater is oxygenated, unchlorinated,
and warmer than tap water, qualities that actually make it a better
source for plants and safer for the environment.
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