Rivers West - A New Future for Manitoba's Red River

Water On The Land Sustainable Stormwater Management Guide


Rivers West partnered with École St-Avila in the development of its bio-retention project and iscollaborating with a few other community organizations and schools to assist in the development of rain gardens and bio-retention projects. In doing so, it became quite apparent that persons wanting to develop these projects were missing a lot of information and were in need of a guide that could assist them in this process.

Rivers West Red River Corridor approached the Province of Manitoba’s Department of Water Stewardship and Department of Education to discuss the development of the Sustainable stormwater management guide that would include information on watershed health, outdoor learning, natural play opportunities, as well as provide useful resources and ‘how to get started’ for school grounds, public spaces and mid-size commercial properties.

The Stormwater Management Guide for Schools will contribute to a wider understanding of the concept of stormwater management, will explain how to implement a stormwater management system, and will show how to use the system as an educational tool. This guide could promote the development of rain gardens in Manitoba schools, and ultimately contribute to the development of a rain garden network throughout the Province.

The Province of Manitoba Water Stewardship Fund allocated $24,000 to develop the guide and other partners contributed in-kind and financial resources to complete the project in both official languages. The official launch took place on World Water Day – March 22nd, 2012. Rivers West intends to distribute the latter to over 900 schools in Manitoba, to municipalities and conservation districts. An on-line version of the guide will also be available free of charge on the www.riverswest.ca and www.routesonthered.ca Web sites.

Please click on one of the following links to access the guides:

Water on the Land - Sustainable stormwater management guide English (45MB - PDF)

Water on the Land - Sustainable stormwater management guide French (45MB - PDF)