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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Upcoming Events

Ready, Aim, Fire! Strategies to Target and Achieve Resilience - A Workshop
Upcoming
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 1:00 PM Calgary

Ready, Aim, Fire! Strategies to Target and Achieve Resilience - A Workshop

Following the inaugural Canadian Stormwater Institute Conference, join us for an afternoon workshop exploring drivers, tools and approaches being implemented in various jurisdictions across North America to achieve various types and levels of protection for people and the environment. From flooding to blue-green algae blooms...what levers can we use to manage the future?

Latest News

CBC Radio visits green roofs in Edmonton celebrating recent research published by the U of A

May 24, 2018

Radio Canada Alberta caught up with U of A Research Associate Colin Bergeron, visiting two green roofs in Edmonton, celebrating the recent release of Bergeron's arthropod research and touting the benefits of green roofs.

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Green roofs useful for conserving threatened grassland and prairie habitats, Edmonton research suggests

May 24, 2018

Beetles and spiders find their way to green roofs and readily colonize them, shows recent Edmonton research. So what?

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Nose Creek Watershed Water Management Plan completes round of engagement on final draft

May 23, 2018

Nose Creek was the first watershed in Alberta to implement a runoff volume control target. The updated plan calls for the target to be held at the 2013 level pending additional modelling and monitoring work and introduction of provincial reuse policy, guidelines, and performance criteria. In addition, the plan calls for a redevelopment runoff volume control target and related water quality objectives to be established, and to improve certainty and timeliness of approvals incorporating LID. The plan also addresses riparian setbacks and water quality. Comments are being accepted until June 15, 2018.

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