What do rain gardens, living roofs, pet waste digesters, permeable paving, outdoor ashtrays and rain barrels have in common? They all help protect our waterways when it rains! Like most cities, Thunder Bay is covered with a lot of hard surfaces: asphalt roads and driveways, parking lots, roofs, patios and walkways. When snow melts or rain falls, all that water (including contaminants from vehicle leaks, spills, litter and cigarette butts) runs off these surfaces in large volumes into our storm sewers. Most of our storm sewers lead directly into our urban streams and rivers, which connect directly to Lake Superior.
Many participants came out this spring to learn what they can do to help protect our drinking water and aquatic ecosystems. If you missed the workshops or events, check out the following for resources and photos.
Page last updated on Friday, February 15, 2013