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Rain Garden

Flood My Rain Garden

a small rain garden

Flood My Rain Garden is a program that will build community awareness and support for lot-level stormwater management measures. Specifically, the program will build rain gardens with residents in a neighbourhood that has a history of flooding during intense rainfall.

Program goals are:

Green Venture will engage homeowners from the most frequently flooded neighbourhoods in Hamilton. At least 4 demonstration rain gardens will be installed with the help of the homeowners and neighbour volunteers. These gardens will be visible from the street, and will be complete with downspout disconnections, rain barrel cisterns, and interpretive signage.

Rain gardens will visibly collect rain during storm events. Rain gardens filter rainwater, divert runoff, and reduce flooding.

Sites will be selected based on suitability, need, visibility, and homeowner interest. Homeowners must be willing to volunteer their time, help engage neighbours, and adhere to a comprehensive maintenance plan for the garden. The homeowner and neighbourhood volunteers will play a vital role in building the rain garden.

We will have contractors do the excavation and preparatory work in advance, however we will hold a neighbourhood celebration for the actual planting and finishing work. Green Venture will educate neighbours on the benefits rain gardens provide, before instructing on proper planting and mulching techniques. Green Venture will encourage others to follow suit by building their own rain gardens at home. We are confident that with hands on experience, others will see the potential for rain gardens on their properties.

How Our Project Helps the Environment

In recent years, Hamilton has experienced serious problems relating to stormwater and runoff including environmental and water quality degradation, threat to human health and safety, and millions of dollars in property damage. There have been an increasing number of storm events in Hamilton, including ten 100-year storms between the years 2000-2005.

Normally when rainwater flows over pavement it picks up a wide range of polluting materials, including motor oil, anti-freeze, tire residue, pet waste, and cigarette butts. These are delivered untreated through storm sewers directly into streams and lakes, threatening fragile aquatic ecosystems. Many people do not realize that the water that flows into the sewer grate on their street may not receive any treatment or filtration before entering a stream or lake.

Benefits of Rain Gardens to the Harbour.

Public engagement is important to this project. We believe public involvement will have a lasting positive impact on the environment by creating a sense of responsibility and stewardship to the native habitats of BHPP and Manitoba.