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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.

Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders

National Wildlife Federation's Monarch Conservation in America's Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders is for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation. It includes model language for proclamations, ordinances and other best practices. By learning from one another and understanding what has worked (and what hasn’t) cities can more effectively and more quickly take action and make a difference for the monarch. If your municipality has a model monarch butterfly conservation program or initiative, please contact NWF at mayorsmonarchpledge@nwf.org. For local government executives interested in pledging their commitment to monarch butterfly conservation, check out and sign NWF's Mayors' Monarch Pledge.

Ontario Climate Consortium Climate Research Network

The Ontario Climate Consortium Climate Research Network represents a distributed network of scientists and researchers from across Ontario. The database of researchers provides a tool for individuals and organizations in the private and public sector to seek out researchers and experts with climate change expertise in various disciplines. This database also provides the ability for researchers themselves to seek out colleagues and collaborators to address interdisciplinary research challenges.

Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide is a new resource aimed at connecting planners and coastal, floodplain and stormwater managers with the tools and data they need to account for natural hazards and climate change in the Great Lakes.  This resource will help Great Lakes counties and municipalities communicate coastal issues and inform existing and future land use, infrastructure, and natural resource plans and policies to enhance community resilience.

Assessing the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change Training Tool

Created by the Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative on Drinking Water Source Protection, Assessing the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change is a training program aimed at helping practitioners better understand climate change science and the potential effects of climate change on watershed hydrology and water resources.

Cities Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT)

The Climate Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT) is a climate adaptation planning support tool for decision makers at the city level in the Great Lakes Region of North America. It provides usable data such as demographics, socioeconomic data, and both current and projected climate trends. Using this information, the tool also identifies a custom network of climate peers whose current climate reflects how yours may look in the future. The CIAT also provides a searchable database of adaptation strategies pulled from existing climate action plans from across the country.

Carling, Ontario: Mapping Water Levels

The Township of Carling is working with several government and non-government organizations to map shoreline water levels. The township will be able to use this data to run scenarios to predict the impact of climate change and changing water levels on its residents and businesses. In addition, the Township is modifying its Georgian Bay access point infrastructure to be able to fluctuate with changing water levels.

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