When the rain falls heavy or the snow starts its annual melt, it creates what we call “stormwater”. It’s a technical sounding term for a resource that we pay little attention to, in simple terms, our water.
As gardeners we don’t often think about the words “Stormwater Management”, but it’s something we are doing all the time. We catch our rain in barrels, saving it for dryer times, we worry about flooding and drought in our gardens, and we build structures and systems to hold, spread, and sink that precious water into our plants and land. Yessiree, we gardeners know a thing or two about stormwater management, and yet there is always so much more to learn and teach.
Our cities are not built to hold, spread and sink our water where it is needed, instead our buildings and sidewalks cover the land and water runs off of our roofs and our roads straight into the gutters and sewers below. It overflows our sewage plants and carries our city’s pollutants along with it, leaving nothing in our tanks, our homes or our gardens for later when it might be needed to flush a toilet or water the garden.
And so I wanted to let you all know that my colleagues here at the Ecology Action Centre have launched a blog all about stormwater management called Stormwater Central and you all should take a look. This winter lets start to think more about the roles our gardens can play in managing, capturing and caring for our rain water. Lets learn more about harvesting our rainwater, building swales and the role a rain garden can play alongside our other garden spaces and systems.