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September 09, 2015 13:14 ET

Media Advisory: Combining Green with Grey. A Solution to Climate Change?

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2015) -

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Riverwood Conservancy - Chappell House
4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON
Event: Reports of record rainfall, closed roadways and transit, stranded commuters and flooded homes are all part of the new reality in Ontario. The intensity and duration of rainfall events is increasing in magnitude, Ontario's current infrastructure can't keep up and we need cost-effective solutions to adapt. While solutions to climate change can be costly, we know that working with nature is one of the simplest and most cost-effective actions we can take. And new research is about to find out how.
On September 15th, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), is announcing new research to investigate the value of wetlands to control flooding in southern Ontario. With funding from RBC Blue Water Project and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the organizations have joined forces to carry out research in the Credit River Watershed and ultimately, gain a better understanding of how combining green infrastructure like wetlands, with traditional grey infrastructure, can be part of the solution to climate change in Ontario.

* Media, insurance and home builder industry representatives, the science community, landowners, volunteers, community leaders, elected officials and other special guests have been invited to participate. Formal announcements, new video airing, coffee and light refreshments will be followed by an opportunity to tour the property and see wetland restoration in action. This is a great photo opportunity.

Speakers include:

  • Councillor Jim Tovey - Ward 1 Mississauga
  • Dr. Blair Feltmate - Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo
  • Deborah Martin-Downs - Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation

Losses to the Canadian insurance industry due to flooding reached a record high of $3.2 billion in 2013. At almost $1 billion, flooding in Toronto on July 8, 2013 was the most expensive natural disaster in Ontario's history.

Our current system can't keep up. The provincial government, municipalities, businesses, farmers and homeowners are facing mounting costs as a result of extreme weather, and need cost-effective solutions to adapt.

Contact Information

  • For Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Joanne Barbazza
    Communications Specialist, Ontario
    705-721-4444 ext. 240
    j_barbazza@ducks.ca

    For Credit Valley Conservation
    Jamie Williams
    Marketing & Communications Specialist
    905-670-1615 ext.285
    jwilliams@creditvalleyca.ca