The Water Guardian project begun with the overarching goal is to help the Petitcodiac watershed adapt to climate change impacts. by helping to reduce carbon and other air pollution; address stormwater management issues; and reduce polluted urban run-off from entering streams and rivers. To accomplish this, the PWA have turned to the strength of green infrastructure!
The Dieppe Market rain garden
Green infrastructure can refer to a naturally occuring area providing valuable ecological services like a wetland, or nature-based infrastructure that can be installed like rain gardens or retention ponds. Rain gardens mimic naturally found spaces that are most effective in flood mitigation and filtering stormwater runoff. Incorporating these structures will create more green spaces while aiding in the offset carbon emissions by capturing particulate matter. They can also provide habitat for wildlife in the form of rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, and naturalized ditches.
The Forest 2020 rain garden off McLaughlin Rd.
The PWA have successfully installed 4 rain gardens within the tri-community area in 2019 and will build at least 4 more in the coming year. Stay tuned for the greening of our watershed!