A web platform dedicated to municipalities to improve rainwater management

The Regroupement des organizations de bassins versants du Québec (ROBVQ), in collaboration with the Government of Quebec and Les Ateliers Ublo, is pleased to unveil a series of tools, developed for municipal stakeholders to encourage the adoption of better practices in sustainable rainwater management (GDEP) and put together Together on one platform: robvq.qc.ca/gdep.

Cultivated valley at Pierre Laporte car park in Victoriaville
Credit: City of Victoriaville

Whereas Quebec weather models generally predict more precipitation and more frequent severe episodes (heavy rain, violent thunderstorms, storms, etc.) As a suitable alternative to effectively reduce the effects of these climate risks.

Quebec needs useful data for decision-making in order to better manage the impacts of climate change and the risks it generates. It is a fact, municipalities are at the forefront of the impacts of climate risks. Such a platform, which in the same space focuses on different types of information relevant to sustainable stormwater management, is essential. This is why the Quebec government supports its implementation. I thank ROBVQ and its partners for this work. »

Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the fight against climate change, Minister in charge of the fight against racism and Minister in charge of the Laval region

“GDEP developments have many advantages for communities, because in addition to reducing the effects of heavy rains, for example, they at the same time reduce sedimentation and pollution of surface water. So they also contribute to preserving our drinking water sources,” explained Karen Dauphin, General Manager of ROBVQ.

The site is designed to make it easy to take action, and focuses on several resources organized according to whether they aim to inspire new projects, evaluate applied practices or provide tools.

Inspirational projects

Since many Quebec municipalities have already followed in the footsteps of the GDEP and to publicize their achievements, the Get Inspired department presents eight (8) projects of varying nature and scope and implemented in different environments.

Municipal electronic self-diagnosis to assess its practices

The municipal self-assessment, produced in 2016 and updated in 2019, allows municipalities to raise awareness of good practices in GDEP and to evaluate measures in place in their lands. It is now available in an electronic version (web and mobile). By creating an account, users will be able to save several self-diagnostics (by neighborhood for example), to return to incomplete forms or to update them. Each form will generate a report outlining the type of efforts to be made in specific sectors, and suggestions for each case.

Action Tools

Finally, the site hosts a catalog of tools to guide municipal stakeholders from thinking to implementing their projects. They are carefully selected, and are organized into three (3) distinct categories (Introduction, Planning and Implementation Tools) in order to facilitate research and best meet the needs of each. Municipal stakeholders will find bibliographic references and videos, but also three (3) papers produced by Les Ateliers Ublo, an urban planning, architecture, and urban design firm involved in numerous developments and land redevelopments that include sustainable stormwater management facilities.

For Pascal Ruel, President and Co-Founder of Les Ateliers Ublo, “Stormwater integration is a tool for addressing various resilience issues in the face of climate change. The new series of tools developed by TROBVQ strengthen the capabilities of municipalities, accelerate action and scale up. These are simple and practical tools It responds to the challenges of decision makers and designers and enables the development of ecosystem benefits related to sustainable stormwater management practices.

Drawing on over 10 years of experience in Quebec, based on research and practical cases, Pascal Ruel and her team were able to support ROBVQ in creating these tools that dispel myths and preconceptions about implementing sustainable stormwater management in economic, social and environmental levels. Collaboration with ROBVQ revolves around Les Ateliers Ublo’s desire to highlight water on a daily basis and see it as an added value rather than an impediment within development projects. »

This project meets the objectives of the 2030 Green Economy Plan and was funded by the Electrification and Climate Change Fund.

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