What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff is generated when rain, snowmelt or outdoor tap water makes its way across hard surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads and parking lots. Stormwater runoff impacts water quality by transporting pollutants from hard surfaces like roads, roofs and parking lots into nearby streams, rivers and the Hamilton Harbour. With our changing climate we are seeing more frequent and heavier storm events.
The Problem: Rain in urban settings
In urban settings, where natural areas have been covered by hard surfaces, stormwater runoff is drained using storm sewers. These hard surfaces do not allow water to soak into the ground as it does in natural areas. This can contribute to: Flash floods, Sewer overflow, Wet basements, Stream erosion, Polluted surface waters, Groundwater depletion
The Solution: Green Infrastructure at Home with Catch the RAIN
Be part of the stormwater solution! Soaking up stormwater on your property can help to reduce the volume of water and pollutants that flow into our streams and rivers via storm sewers and can help to protect your home from water related problems. The collective action of homeowners implementing green stormwater infrastructure techniques can capture and filter rainwater where it falls, beautifying our neighbourhoods, and protecting the overall health of our watershed. Catch the RAIN helps homeowners identify how to adapt their landscape to best practices for stormwater management. Our qualified rain coach will visit your home and work with you to create a concept sketch for your landscape to integrate rain gardens, rain barrels, bioswales and permeables. Those who receive a RAIN Coach visit could qualify to become a demonstration site for green infrastructure and receive funding support for their projects.