The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences received a donation of $50,000 from the RBC Blue Water Project. The donation will help the River Institute work with the City of Cornwall on its “Flooding by a Thousand Drips” initiative, which provides education and demonstrations to help citizens implement flood mitigation measures outlined in the city’s Blueprint initiative.
Johanna Delves, RBC’s regional vice president of Eastern Ontario, said the initiative “not only helps to profile the importance of water, but works to change water behaviour and how we look at the importance of water conservation and protection in our community.”
The Cornwall Blueprint initiative is a response to an increase in extreme weather events impacting several sectors of the city over recent years. It is a comprehensive flood risk reduction plan that identifies infrastructure needs, public education, awareness, and Low Impact Development (LID) as vital keys to flood management in the city. The “Flooding by a Thousand Drips” initiative is based on the notion that small efforts by an entire community can help reduce the factors that contribute to urban flooding.