Thanks to the Metcalf Foundation for supporting the first round of five Depave Paradise projects in Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Collingwood and North Bay.
The results are in for the deliverables:
· Hands-on depaving and planting events engaged 126 community volunteers, and generated $53,000 in value from local cash and in-kind contributions.
· Almost 500,000 litres of contaminated rainwater will be diverted from storm sewers annually, preventing about 128,000 grams of contaminants from reaching streams and rivers. These contaminants include lead, zinc, oil, grease, phosphorus, suspended solids, and e-coli.
· Awareness was also raised significantly, with 90% of follow up survey participants reporting very high levels of awareness that:
- rain flowing into sewers can carry significant amounts of motor oil, anti-freeze, and other pollutants directly to rivers and streams;
- depaving helps keep streams clean by allowing contaminated rainwater to be filtered through soil; and
- depaving helps trees and plants by letting rain reach their roots