Slow it down, Soak it up, Keep it clean

Catch the RAIN will help to implement green infrastructure projects in neighbourhoods with landscape design consultations that focus on integrating stormwater management techniques into your property. Through these one-on-one consultations with our RAIN Coach, homeowners will receive landscape design sketches that use green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, bioswales and permeable pavers to absorb and filter stormwater and encourage gardening with nature. Green Venture is piloting this new program in Dundas, Ontario.

Dundas experiences significant flooding events which carries polluted stormwater runoff into the nearby Spencer Creek. 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.

This project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Sustain Our Great Lakes program.

We are actively seeking Dundas homeowners to participate in this project! If you would like to be involved, please contact Catch the RAIN Program Manager, Laura Anderson at

Workshops and Events

Attend one of our upcoming workshops to learn more about Catch the RAIN and our RAIN Coach visits:

Green Infrastructure in Your Community

Calling all Dundas residents! Come envision how you and your neighbours can use green infrastructure to reduce flood risk and polluted stormwater runoff. This event will provide an introduction to green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, bioswales, and permeable pavers that can be used to capture and filter stormwater where it falls, using rain as a resource and protecting the overall health of our watershed.

Spring Workshop Dates:

Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 @ Dundas Public Library

Tuesday May 28th, 2019 @ Yorkview Elementary School

Cost: Free

This workshop is subsidized by our Sustain Our Great Lakes grant.

Stay tuned for more workshop dates!

Do you have a community group or neighbourhood interested in this workshop? Get in touch with us!

RAIN Coach Consultations

The RAIN Coach consultation is a one-on-one meeting at your property with Green Venture’s RAIN Coach, Michael Albanese. Michael will walk around with you, discuss any landscaping goals for your property, assess where water is flowing and look for opportunities to use rain water as a resource through green infrastructure. After the consultation Michael will take the necessary measurements of your property and provide you with a landscape design sketch identifying where green infrastructure can be incorporated. This coach consultation is intended to help you visualize where and how to manage rain on your property to create a healthier, more sustainable landscape.

Meet our RAIN Coach!

Michael Albanese is a landscape consultant, designer, and contractor operating under Avesi Stormwater & Landscape Solutions. His work focuses on helping people use rain as a resource through ecological planting design. A local Hamiltonian, Michael strives to be a positive influence on both the community and the environment. All of our home consultations will be with our RAIN Coach, Michael.

These RAIN Coach consultations are subsidized through a grant we received to pilot the Catch the RAIN program. Thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Sustain Our Great Lakes for funding support for this project. A $25 refundable deposit is required.

RAIN Coach Consultation Application

As we have a limited number of free consultations through Catch the RAIN Dundas please complete the following application form to determine suitability for our program. You must be a Dundas resident to receive one of our subsidized consultations.

RAIN Coach Application Form

RAIN Coach Refundable Deposit

Once your application has been reviewed and it is approved you will receive a confirmation email from our RAIN Coach, Michael. In order to book the consultation please complete the $25 refundable deposit for your visit by calling Water Programs Manager Laura Anderson at 905-540-8787 ext. 158 or Erinn Todd at 905-540-8787 ext. 115 to process your payment. You can choose to donate your deposit to Green Venture after your consultation or it will be refunded to you upon completion of the visit. Green Venture will contact you if your property does not fall within the guidelines for this consultation.

Note: if you are not present when our RAIN Coach comes for the visit, your refund will not be issued.