Trent University Student – Solutions to #PTBO Stormwater Runoff Pollution

Check out this awesome Trent University student’s Rain Garden project!

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We all know that pavements, urban areas, roofs, driveways, walkways and parking lots don’t absorb water (they are impermeable…and not very #green).

But have you ever thought about what kind of negative environmental consequences that these urban areas have?

Because pavements don’t absorb stormwater runoff, nasty pollution, like excess phosphorous from fertilizer and nitrogen from cars, can enter local streams and rivers, damaging habitat, and decreasing water quality.

However, Trent University student Emily Amon is a #green hero. She is working on a research project right here in Peterborough to help reduce this problem.

Emily’s research is looking at finding priority areas for #rain gardens around Harper Creek. A rain garden allows stormwater runoff to be diverted from impervious pavements…. so when it rains, it drains!

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(The rain garden featured in these photos was implemented by Green Up’s Depave Paradise Program, at WIreless Solutions.)

The Harper Creek Subwatershed includes Harper Creek, Harper Park, and a number of locally significant wetlands. This #greenspace needs to be protected, as it is a vital home for a native brook trout population.

By planting native vegetation in a rain garden, excess runoff can be absorbed into well-draining soil, and the contaminants can be filtered through the plants. Emily’s #green stormwater project looks to prevent future flooding and divert contaminated runoff from the Harper Creek area.

Through her research at Trent University, Emily is working closely with faculty and community partners, such as Peterborough Green Up, to protect Peterborough’s local streams and rivers.

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Her project focuses on science, such as hydrological impacts due to urban development, and policy, such as the local discussions about stormwater management policies and the Casino and Parkway expansion proposals, expected to be developed within this zone.

Emily’s research objective is to find realistic solutions to protect the Harper Creek Subwatershed and to better understand the negative urban constraints that development can create.

Already, there are a few great projects working towards the protection of Harper Creek and active support from community members.

Thank you Emily for your great research project.

Keep on protecting our local watersheds!

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