Inspiring Initiatives: Wetlands, Green Roofs, and Mitigating Coastal Floods
Inspiring Initiatives: Wetlands, Green Roofs, and Mitigating Coastal Floods

Green Infrastructure to Offset Dock Construction in Ontario

Work is being organized for a habitat offset project in Napanee, Ontario. Ducks Unlimited Canada will partner with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority to create 44,000 cubic metres of wetland habitat to offset the expansion of a ferry dock. This key habitat will provide more than just a home to thousands of species of birds, fish, amphibians, but will also act as crucial green infrastructure, providing key flood control services for the area. More details can be found in the original article.

Inspiring green roofs from around the world

Green roofs are incredibly versatile and can provide excellent social benefits – a place for kids to play and learn, a way to blend modern architecture into the sensitive ecosystem surrounding it, and to enhance public spaces and encourage green roof use as common green space. To see some inspiring green roofs from around the world, take a look at these:

St. Louis Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch

Recess! Green Roof Atop a Polish Kindergarten

Indonesian Jungle Villa

Mitigating Coastal Floods with Natural Infrastructure 

A small Township in Atlanta is looking to replace a bunch of coastal properties famous for flooding with green space that will aid in mitigating many of the negative impacts of floods. In the past 10 years, the motels slated for removal have cost $3.8 million in insurance claims due to flooding – and with climate change, experts predict these costs will only increase over time. The township is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Hoboken New Jersey – who took on a flood prevention project in 2014 that incorporated grey and green infrastructure to help defend their coast from flash floods and storm events. This included permeable paving, rain gardens, rainwater storage, and more. With an application pending for funding to pursue a green infrastructure approach to repurposing this coastline, the interest in this approach is promising as a recommended approach for other coastal cities in need of climate change mitigation measures. Read the full article here.

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