Our Progress

Youth Rain Action Storyboard

Post 9: Our Progress

  • Step 1: What is a rain garden?

Learn what a rain garden is. What is the purpose of a rain garden?

A rain garden helps capture excess storm water and helps clean the pollutants out of it and restore it back to nature. It helps decrease the polluted runoff into our water sources.

  • Step 2: What is the location of this rain garden?

The location for this rain garden is Sheridan Nurseries because it’s located right beside the Etobicoke Creek and is a prime location for flooding in heavy rainfall events.

  • Step 3: What is the drainage area?

The drainage area, is the whole driveway and a bit of the parking lot that slopes towards the creek.

  • Step 4: What other infrastructure is nearby

When looking at a location, it’s important to know what infrastructure is already in place. This includes any power lines or other underground structures and other storm water infrastructure.

This location already has a gas line near it that runs towards Sheridan nurseries. It’s important to know this because when building additional infrastructure above ground, we need to stay one metre away on either side of an gas line.

The existing stormwater infrastructure that is placed near the rain garden is a bioswale that can capture an excess amount of water the rain garden may not be able to catch.

  • Step 5: Test the soil

The soil in this area is talked about more depth in a previous post. It is not very permeable. It would be slow draining because the make-up of it is mostly clay and more filtered media would need to be added to make it more permeable and advantageous.

  • Step 6: Double check about what’s needed and what is not needed

There is already a lot of superficial infrastructure in place, such as a sidewalk, fountain, garden and a huge sign. The idea is to know what is needed and what can be removed.

The sign and a rock garden in front of our proposed location is a permanent fixture that cannot be moved. But the sidewalk, fountain and a little bit of the garden furthest from the sign could be disposed of or changed.

The sidewalk is not wheelchair accessible, and the fountain no longer works and would not be beneficial to a rain garden.

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Visit the Youth Rain Action project page to learn more or contact Emily Dutton at edutton@ecosource.ca.

The Youth Rain Action Project is led by Ecosource in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP), and Sheridan Nurseries, and is generously supported by the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.