Leanne Collett from the Hamilton Conservation Authority spoke of the need to redirect storm water runoff from the sewer system to a more natural drainage that puts the water back into the air and soil. In urban areas runoff is 55% vs 10% in forest areas. Redirection can reduce flooding, erosion and pollution if done correctly. She suggests unhooking roof drains from the sewer system, building pollinator and rain gardens that absorb runoff and using rain barrels to harvest roof water for irrigation. Leanne is passionate about storm water stewardship in Dundas and is available to come to resident homes to help plan what they could do to reduce excess runoff going into the sewer system. For more information contact http://conservationhamilton.ca/stormwater-stewardship-in-dundas.
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