The Water Guardian project first began as an avenue to protect our streams and rivers from impacts by stormwater runoff and flooding. Stormwater is the water an area will receive from rain, snow, and/or ice. Stormwater runoff is the water from rainfall or snowmelt that can no longer infiltrate into the soil and instead will flow over surfaces, and often will catch and carry harmful pollutants that enter our local waterways over impermeable surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, and roads. Flooding events will catch pollutants similar to stormwater runoff but often at a larger scale. To reduce these inputs, the PWA have turned to the strength of green infrastructure! These innovative installations can take the shape of a rain garden, green roof, or retention pond to name a few. Green infrastructure can also refer to a naturally occurring area providing valuable ecological services like a wetland.

Rain Gardens

The PWA installed 4 rain gardens in 2019 and another 4 from the end of September to November 2020 within the watershed communities of Riverview, Memramcook, Moncton, and Salisbury. 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 adition to creating community rain gardens, the PWA has also helped plant a residential rain garden in Salisbury. 

The Centennial rain garden in Centennial Park

If your yard of suffers from flooding or is often saturated with water, you could benefit from planting your own rain garden. If you have any questions or would like our help please reach out, we would love to assist in any way possible! 

Building your own rain garden

Rain Barrels

Since 2014 we have been providing community members with rain barrels and hosting community workshops on rain harvesting practices. Rain harvesting and the use of rain barrels is an underutilized practice that we hope to support our watershed. We hosted one rain harvesting workshop in 2019 and another in 2020 and we are hoping to host more in the future. In 2021 we managed to provide ten rain barrels to community members. In addition to managing excess rainwater, rain barrels provide users with free water that can be used to maintain lawns and gardens. If you are interested in having your own rain barrel or attending a rain harvesting workshop please reach out to us via VIA email or our Facebook page.