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

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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CSA Erosion and Sediment Control Inspection and Monitoring Standard Now Open for Review

May 22, 2018

This Standard specifies minimum requirements for the inspection of ESC measures throughout the duration of a construction project, as well as requirements and recommendations for monitoring certain water quality parameters. Review is open until July 2, 2018.

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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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