5 things Ontario developers need to know about Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure requirements
June 28, 2016
June 28, 2016
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has new rules about low impact development and green infrastructure. Are you prepared?
Developing land affects its hydrology—or the movement of water across it. Urbanized areas have fewer plants and less soil to soak up and filter water. Instead, pipes carry water directly to rivers and lakes, along with all the pollutants it’s picked up along the way. New regulations from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change mean developers will need to put LID and GI into practice by 2017. But using Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) techniques mitigate damage to our waterways. Designing with LID and GI means using processes or facilities to slow down, soak up, and clean storm water runoff. These techniques, while becoming more common in parts of North America, are still relatively new in some, including my home province of Ontario.
While many jurisdictions across North America have already adopted LID/GI, many misunderstandings about the techniques persist. How do LID and GI work? How do you use them to design, operate and maintain a site? Here are five facts you need to know about LID/GI in Ontario, and beyond.