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Port Elgin Sewage Lagoon Natural Shoreline Stabilization

Lead Organizations:

EOS Eco-Energy, Shediac Bay Watershed Association, Nature NB

Contact:

info@naturenb.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

land-conservation

Project Scale:

community

Description:

In fall 2018, EOS Eco-Energy, Shediac Bay Watershed Association and Nature NB organized a tree and shrub planting event with the local community and school to restore a compacted recreation trail adjacent to the village's sewage lagoon using native trees and shrubs. Deep rooted, salt tolerant native species were selected to help anchor the bank and protect the area from ongoing erosion concerns.

Protecting Old Growth Forest and Community Water Supply

Lead Organizations:

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

natural-infrastructure

Project Scale:

community

Description:

In 2018, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Village of Riverside-Albert worked to secure 326 acres (132 hectares) of Acadian forest, of which 22 acres (9 hectares) has been transferred to the Village to protect its local water supply area. This work has not only protected critical forest habitat, but ensures the community will continue to benefit from a range of other ecosystem services provided by the area (e.g. water infiltration, water quality, etc.).

More Information:

https://tinyurl.com/yaxdvwqh

Lorne St. Phase II Stormwater Mitigation

Lead Organizations:

Town of Sackville

Contact:

sackville.com/contact

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

community

Description:

In winter 2019, the Town of Sackville began construction for a naturalized stormwater wet pond near Lorne Street. This naturalized wet pond will store ~40,000 cubic feet of stormwater during major events, which will then slowly be released through existing stormwater infrastructure into the Tantramar River. The goal of the project is to reduce flood risk. The pond is being designed to protect and enhance other ecosystem services, including recreation and habitat space.

NATURhoods: Naturally Adapting To Urban Runoff

Lead Organizations:

Green Venture

Contact:

water@greenventure.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

natural-infrastructure

Project Scale:

community

Description:

NATURhoods is a program empowering residents to slow water down and soak it up on their property while providing beautification, home to pollinators, places to gather, flood protection, and so much more. The program provides resources and support to home and community-based projects to install green infrastructure. We educate communities on the impacts of urban runoff, and simple changes that can be done to mitigate the impacts on our ecosystem health and freshwater resources. Eligible projects may include: rain gardens, permeable paving, dry rock swales, bioswales, infiltration galleries and soakaway pits. NATURhoods was born of our successful 2-year pilot project in Dundas, and will be bringing this work to additional parts of Hamilton.

More Information:

NATURhoods

Tantramar Rain Gardens

Lead Organizations:

EOS Eco-Energy

Contact:

Contact

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

community

Description:

Rain gardens collect rainwater from roofs, parking lots or other hard surfaces and let it absorb naturally into the ground. They are planted with native plants, grasses and flowers that help to absorb water and their root systems help to break up the soil and increase its permeability. Rain gardens do not hold water for more than a day or so, they are not ponds or wetlands. They help to reduce runoff and erosion and can help reduce localized flooding. They are also great pollinator gardens. EOS has planted 3 rain gardens in the Tantramar regions with plans for 30 over the next 3 years on private land.

More Information:

https://tinyurl.com/y75t9bkg

Bioengineering & River Restoration (Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee)

Lead Organizations:

Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee

Contact:

info@kennebecasisriver.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

buffers

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

Since 2012, the KWRC has undertaken various river restoration projects using bioengineering. Bioengineering uses living and natural materials to restore degraded stream/river banks. KWRC uses brush layering, willow staking, and geo-rolls to stabilize banks, reduce erosion, and improve floodplain connectivity. Click the link to view their map of their various restoration sites (includes sites up to 2017) to learn more.

More Information:

https://tinyurl.com/yddwj3d4

Natural Stormwater Management - Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels

Lead Organizations:

Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee

Contact:

info@kennebecasisriver.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

The KWRC has installed three rain gardens (2017-18) in Sussex to help educate the community about stormwater and to reduce impacts of flooding and stormwater runoff. The rain gardens hold and filter water into the ground to reduce runoff in the community. The group has also distributed 50+ rain barrels throughout the community, 95% of which are used regularly by recipients. These initiatives aim to reduce runoff, flood risk, and water quality concerns in the area.

More Information:

https://www.kennebecasisriver.org/

Naturalized Stormwater Guidelines

Lead Organizations:

City of Moncton

Contact:

info@moncton.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

municipal

Implemented to Address Climate Risk:

Yes. Directly

Description:

This report was developed in 2015 and provides the City with practices, guidelines, and standards for naturalized approaches to stormwater management. The public report discusses various Best Management Practices that have been adapted to the Moncton context such as naturalized wet ponds, rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs.

More Information:

https://tinyurl.com/yc9zf4ep

Lorne Street Phase II Stormwater Mitigation Project

Lead Organizations:

Town of Sackville

Contact:

www.sackville.com/contact

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

municipal

Description:

In winter 2019, the Town of Sackville began construction for a naturalized stormwater wet pond near Lorne Street. This naturalized wet pond will store ~40,000 cubic feet of stormwater during major events, which will then slowly be released through existing stormwater infrastructure into the Tantramar River. The goal of the project is to reduce flood risk. The pond was designed to protect and enhance other ecosystem services, including recreation and habitat space.

More Information:

https://sackville.com/2019/01/lorne-street-stormwater-mitigation-project-update/

Naturalized Stormwater Pond

Lead Organizations:

City of Dieppe

Contact:

info@dieppe.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

municipal

Description:

The City of Dieppe has developed naturalized retention basins to help manage and filter stormwater using natural vegetation off Aquatique Street in the Dieppe Industrial/Business Park.

Shoreline Reclamation and Indian Brook Enhancement

Lead Organizations:

Kingsclear First Nation

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Hybrid Approaches: projects that are focused on engineering and incorporate natural elements and/or processes into their design.

Category:

buffers

Project Scale:

community

Description:

Kingsclear First Nation underwent a large-scale remediation project divided into two phases: Phase 1 was to restore original shoreline conditions after a significant erosion event and worked to reclaim lost land. Phase 2 worked to reinstate and enhance Indian Brook, which had suffered a breach in the natural meander due to a significant rainfall event. The final design for the shoreline reclamation project involved the construction of 6 engineered rockhydraulic structures (i.e. spurs or groynes) to interrupt the flow, limit sediment movement and ultimately protect the shoreline. The enhancement of Indian Brook included significant engagement with biologist, as well as youth and Elder groups in the community to reinstate terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The final design incorporated the use of several rock types, angular rip rap, large woody debris, and erosion control blankets made of biodegradable coconut fibre to help strength the banks and encourage native species.

Stormwater Management in Working Landscapes

Lead Organizations:

Clean Annapolis River Project

Contact:

www.annapolisriver.ca/copy-of-contact-us

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

CARP is partnering with Eastern Charlotte Waterways to pilot various agricultural BMPs, which can help farmers retain water on their properties - providing a more sustainable solution to stormwater management, while reducing soil erosion and flood risk

More Information:

https://www.annapolisriver.ca

Digby and Middleton Rain Gardens

Lead Organizations:

Clean Annapolis River Project

Contact:

www.annapolisriver.ca/copy-of-contact-us

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

CARP has planted various rain gardens in the Town of Digby and NSCC campus in Middleton, NS. These projects help to manage stormwater on the landscape and engage the public around natural stormwater management. Students at NSCC also contributed to this project by working to assess and map ideal sites for rain gardens based on slope, building distance, etc.

More Information:

https://www.annapolisriver.ca

Climate Change Public Outreach and Education

Lead Organizations:

Bathurst Sustainable Development

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Education/capacity building

Category:

capacity

Project Scale:

municipal

Description:

Bathurst Sustainable Development is working to advance the understanding of sustainable development goals and climate change resiliency challenges in the Bathurst area. Includes public education materials related to nature-based adaptation approaches.

More Information:

https://www.bathurstsustainabledevelopment.com

Belcher Street Marsh

Lead Organizations:

TransCoastal Adaptations - Saint Mary's University

Contact:

catlyn.mcfadden@smu.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

natural-infrastructure

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

The Belcher Street Marsh (north side of the Cornwallis River) east of Kentville was a mix of active/fallow agricultural land protected from tidal influx by an eroding dyke. The project aimed to address dyke erosion, protect agricultural land, restore river floodplain/tidal wetland habitat, and reduce flood risk. Local land owners, Indigenous groups, and regulators were consulted regarding dyke alignment, the project design, and sourcing materials. Site data was collected on hydrology, vegetation, geospatial attributes, and sediment/soil characteristics for baseline ecological monitoring. This data was used to compare pre-/post-restoration. Implementation: 140 metres of new dyke construction, and the grading of decommissioned dyke material was completed to create new marsh habitat. Additionally, a central channel was excavated to accommodate tidal flooding and freshwater discharge, and included living shorelines on the channel banks to prevent future erosion.

Sundial Creek restoration

Lead Organizations:

Couchiching Conservancy, Sustainable Orillia, City of Orillia

Contact:

engage@couchconservancy.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

natural-asset

Project Scale:

community

Description:

Orillia is fortunate to have within the City a rare cold water stream, Sundial Creek, supporting Brook Trout. But the creek is gradually declining in health due to urbanization and climate change. Sundial Cr is groundwater fed and flows through a city neighbourhood collecting stormwater before flowing through Grant Wetland, a Couchiching Conservancy Nature Reserve, and emptying into Lake Couchiching. Grant Wetland, which is surrounded by residential homes, provides an important buffer for increased stormwater runoff within the urban area. Several challenges have been identified with Sundial Cr: nitrate and chloride concentrations, siltation from stormwater, encroachment (hardening of surfaces, dumping of fill and yard waste), invasive species and compromised riparian zones. The project: an education campaign to engage local citizens to help restore and protect this creek and its Brook Trout, working with the City to mitigate negative stormwater effects.

More Information:

Sundial Creek

Wetland Ecosystem Services Protocol - Musquash

Lead Organizations:

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Contact:

atlantic@natureconservancy.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

land-conservation

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

Beginning in 2019, NCC will use the Wetland Ecosystem Services protocol for Atlantic Canada in salt marsh and river-margin wetlands around the Port of Saint John to identify wetlands that provide flooding, storm surge, and erosion protection services (Hog Island and Musquash Estuary Nature Reserves).

Climate Change Adaptation Planning - Saint John

Lead Organizations:

ACAP Saint John

Contact:

office@acapsj.org

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Education/capacity building

Category:

land-use

Project Scale:

community

Description:

ACAP Saint John has coordinated a tree planting project to increase stormwater capacity and reduce flood risk in three areas across the city including a new development site, a snow dumping area, and along a section of Marsh Creek. This project aims to increase infiltration capacity to reduce overland flow in key areas throughout the city.

More Information:

http://www.acapsj.org/harbour-health/

Restoring a healthy Placentia Bay coastal ecosystem

Lead Organizations:

Memorial University

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

ecosystem-management

Project Scale:

community

Description:

The goal of this project is to rehabilitate degraded eelgrass beds to benefit associated fish/shellfish resources and increase coastal resilience in Placentia Bay. Includes placement of reef balls to act as substrates for eel grass to establish.

More Information:

http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/crf-frc/nfl-tnl-eng.html

Green Infrastructure and Stormwater

Lead Organizations:

ACAP Saint John; City of Saint John

Contact:

office@acapsj.org

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

community

Description:

ACAP Saint John has coordinated a tree planting project to increase stormwater capacity and reduce flood risk in three areas across the city including a new development site, a snow dumping area, and along a section of Marsh Creek. This project aims to increase infiltration capacity to reduce overland flow in key areas throughout the city.

More Information:

http://www.acapsj.org/harbour-health/

Naturalized Detention Basin

Lead Organizations:

City of Moncton

Contact:

info@moncton.ca

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Nature-Based Approaches: projects that mimic natural processes to reduce climate risks (e.g. naturalized stormwater management ponds or mitigation)

Category:

water

Project Scale:

community

Description:

A Naturalized Detention basin constructed in 2016-2017. This basin works to hold and treat stormwater runoff before it is released to the local storm system/watercourse. It has been sized to handle a 1:100 year storm + 20% for increased precipitation due to climate change. A second basin on Grand Allee Naturalized basin is under construction (as of January 2019). This basin is to hold and treat stormwater runoff before it is released to the local storm system/watercourse.

Dune restoration - Christmas trees

Lead Organizations:

Vision H2O

Contact:

info@visionh20.com

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

ecosystem-management

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

Vision H2O has worked around the watershed to restore dunes using recycled Christmas trees. Trees are placed horizontally along the dune to form a barrier that helps capture sand and hold it on the dune. All materials used in this process are biodegradable and the approach can be useful in a variety of sandy environments.

More Information:

http://visionh2o.com/en/projets/restauration-des-dunes

Dune restoration - Marram grass

Lead Organizations:

Vision H2O

Contact:

info@visionh2o.com

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

ecosystem-management

Project Scale:

watershed

Description:

Vision H2O works with local schools to grow marram grass and transplant adult plants onto dune systems. This ongoing project works predominantly on private land and has helped reduce erosion through enhanced sediment accumulation (plants) and dune stability (through the roots). With its stabilizing properties, marram grass (dune grass) allows sand to accumulate because its long roots (rhizomes) help retain sand. Vision H2O also post signs along the dune systems to educate the community and reduce the disturbance to these sensitive ecosystems

More Information:

http://visionh2o.com/en/projets/restauration-des-dunes

Municipal Natural Assets Initative (MNAI): Riverside-Albert

Lead Organizations:

Southeast Regional Service Commission

Contact:

https://www.nbse.ca/planning/contact

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Education/capacity building

Category:

natural-asset

Project Scale:

community

Description:

The goal of this project, delivered by MNAI and SERSC, is to identify key areas within the Mill Creek watershed that should be retained as natural assets to minimize stormwater management infrastructure costs associated with new development. This work also aimed to identify upstream options to support the effectiveness of these natural assets. Visit the link to find a summary and technical report.

More Information:

Project Communities

Municipal Natural Assets Initiative - Florenceville-Bristol

Lead Organizations:

Western Valley Regional Service Commission, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Contact:

mmolnar@davidsuzuki.org

Based in Canada:

Yes

Type:

Natural Infrastructure: projects that conserve/restore/protect natural ecosystem functions for climate resilience and store carbon.

Category:

natural-asset

Project Scale:

community

Description:

The goal of this project is to minimize erosion and quantify/reduce culvert and roadside ditch maintenance costs in the Bristol Heights subdivision catchment areas through natural asset protection and development.

More Information:

Project Communities

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