Low Impact Development Demonstration Project at Fanshawe Conservation Area (June 21, 2016)
June 21, 2016 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is pleased to announce a new Low Impact Development (LID) demonstration project being installed at Fanshawe Conservation Area! LID is an innovative stormwater management approach that manages rainfall close to where it lands.
Alison Regehr, Conservation Services Technician at the UTRCA, says, “This week, we’re establishing a rain garden beside the Camp Registration Office at Fanshawe Conservation Area. These are small, simple designs and cost-effective landscape features that should improve water quality and reduce the amount of stormwater going into the Thames River.”
Educational signage will be erected to inform conservation area users about this new technique for improving watershed health. The project site was selected because it is a highly visible area to all campground users.
Who: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Fanshawe Campers Association
What: Installing a rain garden to demonstrate Low Impact Development. The rain garden will infiltrate runoff from the UTRCA maintenance/workshop facility. Low Impact Development provides new solutions to infiltrate, filter, store and evaporate stormwater runoff.
When: Thursday, June 23rd, 11:00 am
Where: Fanshawe Conservation Area, beside the Campground Registration Office, 1424 Clarke Road, London
Funding: Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), RBC Bluewater Fund