Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is an approach that helps manage our rainwater with practices that benefit our environment. When rain falls in our region, it quickly moves from our roofs, streets and parking lots to storm drains that enter local waterways and shorelines. This intense runoff grows in volume and picks up various pollutants along the way including oil, metals and bacteria.
Sustainable practices can be used to help prevent pollution and protect our streams and shorelines and can be implemented at the municipal level as well as at the neighbourhood and property level. The CRD provides resources to assist municipalities, developers and property owners to apply green rainwater management techniques.
The recently developed Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Common Design Guidelines for the Capital Region help address stormwater management concerns by applying three fundamental concepts.
Capture and Slow the flow of stormwater by re-directing to designed areas for more gradual dispersion.
Clean and Infiltrate stormwater run-off before it reaches the natural receiving environment.
Store and Convey stormwater to minimize peak flows and flooding through planned detention and distribution of water volumes.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guide & Appendicies: