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Green Infrastructure Projects Sprouting Up Across the City This Fall

14-Sep-2018

Three Saint John neighbourhoods will be looking a little greener this fall thanks to a number of new trees and shrubs being planted. The City of Saint John and ACAP Saint John are partners behind the planting. The City was the recipient of a $20,000 Environmental Trust Fund Grant from the Province of New Brunswick this year, which was then matched by ACAP Saint John. 

With flooding on the rise due to climate change, many cities are exploring new strategies to manage the influx of stormwater while also keeping costs down. Engineered green spaces can capture and purify stormwater and deliver ecosystem and recreational benefits. Months after Saint John saw its worst flooding in decades, the City’s Stormwater Management Service is turning to engineered green spaces to help manage stormwater. 

“Engineered green spaces are becoming popular options for cities, in part due to their affordability and their effectiveness at purifying water, allowing groundwater recharge and controlling water circulation,” explains Monica Boudreault, Operations Manager for the City of Saint John Stormwater Management Service. “Using native trees, shrubs, soil and other elements provides us with a natural process to manage water and create a healthier, more pleasing urban environment.” 

Caledonia Brook Floodplain in Millidgeville, Loch Lomond Floodplain, and Glen Falls Greenway will have hundreds of new native trees and shrubs planted in the coming weeks. Restoration of a forth location at Hazen Creek began earlier this month where City crews completed restoration work on a portion of the creek that runs through City land off Bayside Drive. ACAP Saint John will complete the project with tree and shrub planting as well as materials to prevent erosion.

“Completing the stream restoration and planting will improve stormwater management and also serve as a habitat for aquatic and native plant life,” says Graeme Stewart-Robertson, Executive Director of ACAP Saint John. 

This month, ACAP Saint John will partner with local companies and youth groups in tree planting activities at Caledonia Brook Floodplain (Sunday, September 16) and Loch Lomond Floodplain (Tuesday, September 25). Volunteers can visit the ACAP website for information on upcoming events.

An official opening to celebrate the completion of the Glen Falls Greenway Revitalization, a CN and Tree Canada EcoConnexions project, will be held in October. 

 

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