Enhancing Year-Round Function in Stormwater Management Facilities Through Targeted Vegetation Plantings

How well are existing stormwater management facilities coping with climate change?

Crozier Consulting Engineers and Wilfrid Laurier University have been studying stormwater management pond vegetation and its ability to enhance water quality.

Thanks to an NSERC funding extension granted earlier this year, the Laurier and Crozier research team has continued through summer and fall to chase storms, collect samples, analyze data, and interpret the results.

The next phase of this research project will include growing plants in temperature-controlled chambers to simulate changing weather conditions while being subjected to simulated urban runoff. Water quality samples will be taken from these chambers to determine pollutant removal efficiencies. Following the cold chamber experiments, our team plans to deploy some targeted vegetation plantings in the field for study.

Stay tuned for more updates as the research progresses, and we work toward improving the future of stormwater management.

For more information on this research project, please contact Nick Mocan from Crozier at 905-875-0026 or at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/nickmocan.

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