Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) received $175,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to determine the most cost-effective stormwater management system for the City of Mississauga’s Southdown District, located in southwest Mississauga.

This funding will help CVC and our partners assess the technical and financial feasibility of shared stormwater systems on public and private properties.

The Region of Peel was the lead municipal applicant for CVC’s application and contributed $34,500 to the project. The City of Mississauga contributed $20,000 to the project.

“This funding is a great example of how CVC adds value by collaborating with municipal partners to leverage funding and improve business opportunities,” said John Sinnige, associate director of watershed management at CVC. “Conservation authorities are leaders in stormwater management technologies that help protect against natural hazards such as flooding and erosion. Together with our local municipal partners we’re working to manage flood risks while determining the most cost-effective systems to manage stormwater in our communities.”

Green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) are sustainable technologies and practices that manage rain and snow-melt to reduce the risks of flooding, protect water quality in our streams, and build resilience in a changing climate.

“Despite proven success and benefits of green infrastructure, there are barriers preventing wide-scale uptake of stormwater systems on private property,” said Shannon Malloy, a specialist in integrated water management at CVC. “Our goal is to help businesses find greatest payback in the shortest time possible. This becomes possible by sharing design, construction, and maintenance costs between neighbouring businesses and public agencies.”

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Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Its watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt, and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River.

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