The city is working with Lansdcape Ontario to train local landscape companies on “fusion” landscaping, which has a focus on stormwater management.
The city is capping the maximum grant at $5,000 per household.
According to the city’s estimate, the three-year pilot project will cost $750,000, but if the city wants to continue operating it in 2024 after the test phase is done, it will have to make room for the spending in a long-range financial plan.
Keeping stormwater out of the Ottawa River has been a top environmental priority for the city for more than 10 years, ever since council in 2010 approved a $250-million “action plan” to clean the historic waterway. The city has been concerned about the quality of water in creeks and rivers, leading to a greater focus on stormwater management.
The city has previously run stormwater retrofit studies in the Pinecrest/Westboro and urban eastern areas of the city, in part, to prevent summer beach closures at Westboro Beach and Petrie Island. The studies came with 50-year targets for implementing stormwater controls on private properties, but they rely heavily on actions by individual homeowners.
When council in 2016 changed the rate structure for water, sewer and stormwater management, it asked staff to look into crediting property owners that embrace stormwater-control measures.
Staff looked at 75 programs across North America for ideas and have come back with their pitch to council.
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