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Toward Sustainable Municipal Water Management 2013-2016

Montréal’s Green CiTTS Report Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

2016 REPORT
Montréal has made a commitment to report on its progress every three years. This interval facilitates the assessment of progress in sustainable municipal water management since it can take several years for actions deployed by the city to become detectable. This report thus covers the period from 2013 to 2016. It is presented as follows;
• The 2016 Report uses the same chart that was used in 2013.
• The Assessment Scorecard Chart illustrates the trend between 2013 and 2016 in regards to the milestones retained. The color code for the 2013 trends was improved, as it now refers, where applicable, to the degree to which the city has attained a measurable objective.
• For each milestone, a more detailed presentation includes a description of indicators and highlights for the 2013-2016 period, along with expectations for the years to come.
• An additional two milestones were assessed, bringing the number of milestones assessed to 20 out of the 25 proposed under the Framework.

City of Evanston – 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation Report

The City of Evanston, Illinois evaluated its municipal water management through the Cities Initiative's Sustainable Municipal Water Management framework and published this report in September 2014.

Ajax, Ontario: Rain Gardens

The City of Ajax designed and installed three Rain Gardens near Lake Ontario to improve surface water runoff infiltration. The City also implemented two “bio-swales” that will also improve surface water infiltration but are specifically designed to improve beach quality and swimmability.

Collingwood, Ontario: Climate Adaptation Measures

The Town of Collingwood, Ontario, has implemented several programs to further their climate adaptation efforts. These include the Quench Buggy, which aims to promote Collingwood’s tap water and reduce plastic water bottles used at local events; their Water and Energy Conservation Strategy; a
Wastewater Plant Cogeneration Retrofit, which will generate electricity for the plant, using what was previously a waste by-product; and an Energy Audit, the recommendations of which are being developed into a Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) plan.

Quench Buggy News Release

Wastewater Treatment Cogeneration Study

 

Sarnia, Ontario: Climate Change Adaptation Measures

The City of Sarnia, Ontario has implemented or plans to implement many climate adaptation measures. The City is working in the areas of Parks and Recreation, Transit, Engineering & Public Works, Emergency Management, Land Use Planning, Facilities Planning, and Finance & Legal to implement climate adaptation strategies.

Sarnia Summary of Adaptation Measures

Mississauga: Climate Change Adaptation Plans

“The City of Mississauga is a partner in the Peel Climate Change Strategy that has a number of climate change mitigation and adaptation action (http://www.peelregion.ca/planning/climatechange/reports/index.htm).
The City is also involved in a number projects and initiatives aimed at increasing local resiliency
Including:
– A vulnerability assessment of the Port Credit Community in Mississauga (led by the Region of Peel)
– A Stormwater Financing study to examine how to fund stormwater projects and infrastructure
– Conducted Low Impact Development Pilot Project along Elm Street
As part of the work completed by the Region of Peel, the City will receive 100 year future climate
projections for Peel later this year. The City will be using that data to determine and prioritise new
adaptation actions”

Our Future Mississauga: Green

Niagara Region, Ontario: Climate Change Adaptation

Niagara Region is adapting to climate change through their Water Strategy, their Community Climate Change Action Plan, their Community Plan, and their Corporate Plan. In their Water Strategy, they highlight the goal of “Water Resiliency,” which “focuses on enhancing our understanding and ability to adapt to changes to our climate, economy and population that may impact water resources.”

Corporate Climate Action Plan

Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges for Niagara

Township of the Archipelago, Ontario: Adapting to Changing Water Levels

The Township of the Archipelago has addressed Climate Change Adaptation through capital improvement measures related to changing water levels, such as modifications to docks, wharfs, channels, and access points.

Thunder Bay, Ontario: Climate Adaptation Strategy

“The City of Thunder Bay is developing a Climate Adaptation Strategy to build community resilience, reduce the risks inherent in climate change, and take advantage of opportunities associated with current and future impacts of climate change. Through the development of a Climate Change Adaption Strategy, the City of Thunder Bay aims to: 1) identify the impacts related to climate change in Thunder Bay and the risk they pose to our various service sectors and to our community, and 2) propose actions to reduce risk and vulnerability associated with climate changes impacts through adaptive measures.”

Oshawa, Ontario: Climate Change Adaptation Programs

The City of Oshawa has implemented a number of Climate Change adaptation measures. From floodline mapping, to developing a regional climate adaptation plan, to citizen outreach initiatives, the town has been actively involved in climate change adaptation.