Some Facts on Low Impact Development

  • Low Impact Development or LID is a land planning and engineering design approach to managing stormwater runoff. LID emphasizes conservation and the use of on-site natural features like bioswales, rain gardens and wetlands to protect water quality.
  • You can implement your own low impact development in your yard by simply installing a rain barrel to collect rain water for watering your plants and lawn.
  • Another great way to add low impact development initiatives into your living space is to increase the depth of topsoil on your lot. Deeper topsoil acts like a sponge and holds moisture for use by your lawn, trees and shrubs.
  • Bioswales are landscape elements that are designed to remove pollution and silt from surface runoff water. They are swaled drainage courses filled with vegetation and riprap. The water’s flow path is designed to maximize the time water spends in the swale, which aids in trapping pollutants and silt.
  • In natural, undeveloped areas, the water from rain and snow melt is first absorbed into the soil, collected in wetlands, and used by the vegetation growing on the land. What isn’t used this way is called runoff. This runoff moves across the land and into creeks, streams and rivers. the water quality of the runoff is improved by the absorption in the soil and by the uptake by vegetation, particularly in wetlands or areas of high moisture like a ditch or swale. The water is cleaned by these processes.
  • More than 220 species of birds have been sighted within the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, including Franklin’s Gill, Blake Tern, Eared Grebe, Northern Pintail, Yellowlegs, Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper and America Avocet.
  • Big Lake is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area because it supports large nesting grounds and many migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.
  • Archaeologists believe nomadic peoples used Big Lake as far back as 9000 years and specific archaeological sites have been recorded dating back 5,000 years. Stone tools and weapons found on the south and east sides of the lake attest to the importance of the lake to prehistoric people.
  • Starling uses low impact development techniques that mimic nature. Starling has been designed to incorporate deeper topsoil to absorb the runoff and a variety of techniques such as wetlands, rain gardens and swales that collect, absorb and move the runoff through the site much like what happens in a natural setting. The water quality is improved naturally through the system before it enters the stormwater system.
  • Low impact development provides many benefits such as creating a natural habitat for our feathered and furry friends!
  • Download our brochure on Low Impact Development and how you can create a sustainable community for your neighbourhood and home!

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