Equipping Albertans to create vibrant, ecologically functional landscapes within the built environment, through comprehensive stormwater management.

LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT
A SOLUTION FOR GROWING COMMUNITIES

We need houses and roads for our growing population. Unfortunately, all those hard surfaces result in twenty or more times the runoff than a natural landscape! And that runoff can be quite dirty.

Low impact development is an evolution of the science of stormwater management. It is an approach that mimics nature's features and processes in order to minimize and clean up this runoff in the most economical way possible--while maximizing environmental and social benefits.

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Industry

From planning and policy to operations and maintenance, through the design and approvals process to construction...land development has many players and many implications for managing runoff. For a sustainable future, we need to evolve.

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Property Owners

A low-impact landscape on your own property is an essential component of an affordable, sustainable stormwater management system. Learn how you can do your part...there are many simple ways to get started!

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Latest News

National bioretention design and construction standards are open for public review

Apr 09, 2018

The National Research Council of Canada, under its Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Program, is supporting the development of standards that integrate and enhance climate change adaptation. The Green Infrastructure Technical Committee has produced its first standards, now open for public review, on the Design and Construction of Bioretention Systems.

Public comments are open until April 23, 2018 for the construction standard; and May 27 for the design standard.

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Planting at New Street across from the Calgary Zoo was a hit

Jun 15, 2017

We had a great time planting and we had a front row seat to the removal work of the old bridge at 12 St S.E. More photos to come.

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U.S. EPA has released a new cost estimation tool for its National Stormwater Calculator

May 17, 2017

The U.S. EPA has released a new planning level cost estimation tool for its National Stormwater Calculator. There's also a nifty short video explaining the need for stormwater controls from a water quality perspective.

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