Public Works Winter Newsletter Series [PART 3]

Managing melting snow

Here’s a snippet from the winter edition of the Public Works Newsletter — Vaughan at Work — now available. Check it out at vaughan.ca/atwork.

StormWaterSTORYBD3-11x17-FINALDo you know about stormwater management?

Stormwater is rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets and other hard surfaces. Driveways, buildings and roads prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground, which creates an excess of water that travels to our waterways faster than our storm-sewer systems can handle.

This stormwater runoff can contribute to:

  • spoiled water quality
  • habitat loss
  • stormwater system damage
  • property damage and increased flooding

By collecting this runoff in any of the City’s 143 stormwater management ponds, we are able to filter out the debris and pollutants (such as salt or oil) it has picked up on the way and improve water quality.

These ponds also decrease the risk of flooding by controlling how quickly it is released back into our waterways. The City is working on a study that will help identify future needs for maintaining our stormwater system.

For more information, visit vaughan.ca/stormwater.

 

 

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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