Groundbreakers aims to keep basements dry

MPP Sophie Kiwala & Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson planted together at the project launch.

MPP Sophie Kiwala and Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson planted together at the project launch.

GREEN COMMUNITIES Canada’s RAIN Community Solutions program is working with three of our member organizations and their municipal partners to reduce or eliminate basement flooding in vulnerable neighbourhoods by planting rain gardens, and implementing measures such as rain barrels and downspout extensions and redirection.

RAIN Garden Groundbreakers projects are being undertaken by GCC member organizations Red Squirrel Conservation Services (Kingston, ON), GreenUP (Peterborough, ON), and EcoSuperior (Thunder Bay, ON) in neighbourhoods that have experienced repeated basement flooding.

Red Squirrel launched its project in July in the Kingscourt neighbourhood, an area with shallow soil and bedrock close to the surface that prevents water from sinking into the ground.

Along with partners Kingscourt Community Association and the City of Kingston, and local residents, Red Squirrel plans to build six rain gardens on private property, educate homeowners on ways to reduce basement flooding, and implement green infrastructure measures on city property.

The RAIN Garden Groundbreakers Project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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