Soak it up! Webinar Series

Learn how to manage rain where it falls across your city.

In spring 2016, we completed a series of three webinars demonstrating ways that your community can start using green stormwater infrastructure – moving beyond demonstration and pilot projects, to city-wide adoption.

Past Webinars in the Spring 2016 Series

Managing rain where it falls in the Lake Simcoe watershed

Wednesday March 30, 2016 1-2pm (EDT)

With the right support, municipalities and developers can become champions for low impact development and managing rain where it falls.

In this webinar, Steve Auger from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) RainScaping Program shared the experiences in addressing stormwater runoff from new developments, as well as from existing built-up areas in the Lake Simcoe region. Participants learned how LSRCA:

  • has developed a model bylaw and stormwater management guidelines for adoption by municipalities
  • works closely with developers and consultants to help them implement low impact development (LID) stormwater management
  • is developing a retrofitting incentive program for construction of green infrastructure on industrial, institutional and commercial lands
  • tailors training and capacity building for landscaping staff as an important part of the strategy in retrofitting the existing urban landscape

Strategies for implementing green stormwater infrastructure

Wednesday April 27, 2017 1-2pm (EDT)

Green Communities Canada developed the Soak it Up! Toolkit recognizing that communities are on the front lines of stormwater impacts, costs, and solutions. Conventional grey infrastructure (storm drains and pipes) is costly and can’t keep up with the challenges of increased urbanization and climate change. Green infrastructure (also known as low impact development) will be a big part of an effective, affordable solution. The Soak it Up! Toolkit is available for free download at The 50-page document outlines a wide range of practical strategies for municipalities and communities, including green streets and alleys, green parks, development standards, and stormwater user fees and incentives as a way of promoting action on private property. The toolkit was prepared by Clifford Maynes and Clara Blakelock (current on maternity leave), with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Join Clifford Maynes in this webinar to learn most out of the Soak it Up! Toolkit.

Stormwater Retention Credits — a fresh idea

Wednesday May 25, 2016 1-2pm (EDT)

Washington, DC has developed an innovative way of promoting cost-effective action to reduce stormwater runoff volumes: stormwater retention credits (SRCs). Landowners who lack an affordable way to meet requirements for onsite rainwater management can purchase stormwater retention credits from others in the same watershed in order to meet part of their obligations. Each credit is equivalent to managing one gallon of runoff for a year. Landowners with absorbent properties have a financial incentive to invest in green infrastructure and sell their SRCs.

In the webinar, Matthew Espie, an Environmental Protection Specialist at the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) in Washington, DC, explained how the District’s Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) trading program provided financial incentives to reduce stormwater runoff. This SRC trading program is the first program of its kind in the US. Matthew also talked about the District’s Stormwater Database, which tracks design and inspection information for green infrastructure projects that comply with the District’s stormwater regulations or that participate in financial incentive programs for green infrastructure.