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Change is a good thing!

The new and improved Water Sampler, a joint newsletter from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA), will now contain information previously featured in CVC’s Be a Leader newsletter.


This is now your one-stop shop for the latest information on all water-related sustainable technologies research being conducted by the three Greater Toronto Area conservation authorities.  With our updated format, you will receive monthly updates on all of our upcoming training opportunities; and twice a year you will receive an expanded version, featuring articles about ongoing research, initiatives and updates.

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom to explore upcoming training and events!

Research

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New Guidance out on LID Inspection and Maintenance
Operationalizing a low impact development (LID) approach to stormwater management requires designer, municipalities and property managers to develop their capacity to inspect, track and maintain practices that most have little or no experience with. To reduce uncertainty in the process, STEP has recently published a tool kit-based guidance document – LID Stormwater Management Practice Inspection and Maintenance Guide. This guidance document is intended to help designers with developing BMP-specific inspection and maintenance plans, and  municipalities and property managers with integrating LID BMPs into their infrastructure asset management programs. Click here to visit the project webpage.
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LID Performance Monitoring
At Credit Valley Conservation, we continue to advance low impact development (LID) approaches to managing stormwater. We’re excited to announce the latest round of LID performance monitoring results. With 12 intensely monitored sites, we’re taking a close look at innovative technologies that slow down, cool and filter stormwater, allowing it to soak it into the ground. LID uses a combination of natural and built features to achieve these goals, and we’ve been monitoring LID practices continuously for more than six years.  To learn more click here.
Bioswale/Filter system on a right-of-way road
Bioswale/Filter System Demonstration Project
The Town of Newmarket, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), initiated a demonstration project for Low Impact Development (LID) for a municipal road improvement project on Forest Glen Road north of Queen Street, in Newmarket, Ontario. This demonstration project was funded in part by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
 
The LID retrofit consists of a bioswale/filter system, comprised of surface raingardens integrated within the bioswale features in front of each residence, a subsurface bio/absorptive media (red sand) and a base drainage layer of clear stone wrapped in filter fabric, collectively integrated as two linear conveyance features along either side of the road right-of-way.  The LID retrofit will enhance conveyance capacity, provide stormwater volume reduction, increase quality treatment to improve both Total Suspended Solids and Total Phosphorous removal and reduce peak flows in downstream flood-prone areas.
Brampton Filter Swale
TRCA has been monitoring a lined filter swale draining runoff from County Court Boulevard in Brampton as part of our ongoing efforts at several LID sites to understand key performance opportunities and challenges of LID practices.   The Brampton filter swale project is uniquely configured to allow side-by side comparison of runoff treatment and vegetation survival metrics with and without the influence of the salt.  To accomplish this, half of the swale is open to salt laden road runoff during the winter, while the other half is closed, receiving road runoff only during the winter.  Monitoring of this project is due to be complete in this year.  Stay tuned, and for more information about the project, click here.

Initiatives

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Green Infrastructure Map
The implementation of LIDs and other Green Infrastructure is becoming increasingly widespread in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. These features are popping up everywhere, in the form of a front yard rain garden, a road-side vegetated swale, a greened up roof, a restored creek or even underground trenches that are invisible to residents.  To help give you a flavour of what is out there TRCA has developed a map that provides locations and case study links to some of the more significant conglomerations of green infrastructure in our jurisdiction.  Help us continue to populate the Green Infrastructure map by sending us information on other BMPs. Click here to visit the project webpage.
People cutting a ribbon to mark the new rain garden
Pouring Positivity: The Kenollie Rain Garden
We all know that rain gardens provide many measurable environmental benefits, such as peak flow attenuation and water quality improvements.  But as a recently constructed rain garden at Kenollie Public School in Mississauga demonstrates, rain gardens are capable of so much more.  This community project not only collects and treats rainwater (although it does a good job of that, capturing a drainage areas of 3294 m²), it also beautifies the local landscape, provides food and habitat for birds and insects, and creates educational opportunities for Kenollie students and the local community.  Credit Valley Conservation has produced two videos showcasing this project. Click here to view our video on the partnerships that made this project so successful. Click here to see the construction process. 
Why a New Business Model is needed for Managing Water
Despite advances in Low Impact Development (LID) technologies and implementation of stormwater charges in several cities on Ontario, many municipalities are still facing challenges related to maintenance and replacement of stormwater systems.  Market research completed by Freeman Associates on behalf of CVC and their partners demonstrated that upfront capital costs and extended payback periods are the major barriers for private property owners implementing at-source controls.  The GTA CAs and partners will begin their GRID LID and Economic Model project to address such challenges.   We will be looking at potential tools for aggregating properties, developing economic models, developing a business case, and implementation framework. To lean more, click here.

Updates

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Innovation Park
Innovation Park is being developed by TRCA and partners as a sustainable neighbourhood with eight 1,000 sq. ft. homes and a state-of-the-art LID treatment system that will be utilized by the development community, building material manufacturers, and post-secondary institutions to develop and test sustainable building technologies and processes.  The first phase of servicing, the sanitary and watermain connection at Pine Valley Drive, is nearing completion. Servicing is expected to be completed by Spring 2018. TACC Construction is handling all phases of the infrastructure construction. The first demonstration building will begin construction next year. For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.
STEP In the News!
In recent months, STEP projects have been featured in magazine and journal articles to help spread the word about our research and initiatives. These include:
 
“Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program: Fostering Sustainability through Innovation” article published in Erosion Control’s June 2016 issue.
 
 “Green innovation hub slated for Kortright Centre” published in April 216 in Daily Commercial News.
 
“The Fixer: The continuing challenge of stormwater maintenance” published in Water Canada’s July/August issue.
 
 “Options for Managing Dredged Stormwater Sediment” published in Environmental Connections' July 2016 issue.
 
 “Performance of an Underground Stormwater Detention Chamber and Comparison with Stormwater Management Ponds” published in the peer-reviewed journal Water.
 
For more STEP, visit our publications page by clicking here.

Training and Events

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Water Training

In-Class Training

  • Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control, Toronto (October 26 - 27)
  • Making it Work: Low Impact Development SWM Construction, Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring, Alliston (November 14)
  • Improving Agency Education and Capacity for Erosion and Sediment Control Review, Alliston (November 14)
Webinars
  • Implementing LID - The 10 Step Process (October 13)
  • Lessons Learned in LID Construction (December 8)
Conference
On-line Courses
  • Introduction to Low Impact Development (online course)
  • Design of Infiltration Practices: Low Impact Development Technical Training (online course)
  • Introduction to Erosion and Sediment Control (online course)
  • L’introduction au contrôle de l’érosion et des sédiments (online course)
  • Polymers for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control (online course)
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Energy Training

In-Class Training

  • Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction, Vaughan (November 19)
  • Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems, Vaughan (November 20)
On-line Courses
Design tools

Building Design and Construction Training

In-Class Training

TRCA Employer Engagement Project

TRCA's Employer Engagement Project - Strategies for Recruitment and Retention

  • Aims to develop tools and training to help employers hire, integrate and retain internationally trained professionals. 
  • We are currently seeking employer feedback through interviews and/or a survey in order to better understand employer recruitment and retention experiences. 
For more information and to complete a survey
Our training changes frequently, check out our website for more information. If you don't see what you're looking for, we can also work with you to tailor a custom training package.

For further information or to schedule training please contact:
Patricia Lewis                         Julie McManus
289-268-3903                         905-670-1615 ext 247
plewis@trca.on.ca                  jmcmanus@creditvalleyca.ca
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