Cities across Canada are looking for solutions to reduce their vulnerabilities to infrastructure deficits, rapid urban growth, and climate change. Planning for uncertainties requires a diverse portfolio of solutions to decrease the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater entering local drainage basins.
The stormwater community understands that climate change will exacerbate urban overland flooding and that low- impact development (LID) techniques are low-cost and less-intrusive options for managing stormwater. But is this message getting across to municipal engineers and asset management teams?
The shift to decentralized stormwater infrastructure is slowly but steadily gaining momentum according to Lincoln Kan, manager of environmental services at the City of Mississauga. “Currently, we have two to three LID pilot projects. […] Mississauga is fortunate because council is generally in favour of the change if there is a benefit and it makes economic sense for our situation.”
Planning for Uncertainties: Canadian municipalities should see the opportunities in stormwater management — not the threats. Water Canada