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The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Soak It Up! Toolkit: 16 actions your municipality can take to reduce runoff and runoff pollution

Green Communities Canada
Published: 2017
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This toolkit outlines 16 actions municipalities can take to reduce runoff and runoff pollution, providing examples of what other communities are doing and insights from practitioners about what works, and what doesn’t. The actions range from community engagement and capacity building, to implementing green infrastructure on public property (green streets, alleys, and parks), requiring and incentivizing action in new development, supporting the urban forest and healthy soils, and strategies for retrofitting existing developed lands. A resources section provides links to background information as well.
The “Stormwater Scorecard” accompanies the toolkit, and allows users to conduct an in-depth analysis of their community’s existing policies, plans, and programs around green infrastructure and stormwater management. Anyone with an interest (decision-makers, stormwater managers, community groups, members of the public) can fill it out to evaluate what their community is doing, and what they could be doing, to reduce runoff and runoff pollution.
Subject Areas:
  • Erosion
  • Flood
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Forests
  • Water Management
  • Development Permit Area
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Infrastructutre Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Urban Forest Management Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • Checklists
  • List of Resources
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