World’s First Residential Rain Grid:
RiverSides Awarded Grant for Building It in Toronto
Toronto — The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has announced winners of C$1.3 million of grants to help to address North American environmental problems locally. CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program awarded $79,000 of this grant money to RiverSides to install an award-winning, automated stormwater-management system in a neighbourhood near Toronto’s Don River.
In cooperation with Toronto Riverdale residents, RiverSides will install and test the ability of the RainGrid system to predict, capture, and redistribute stormwater before it rushes too quickly to the local sewers, the Don River, and Lake Ontario. The fully scalable and flexible system easily integrates into urban residential communities at a fraction of the cost and time needed to construct conventional water-management infrastructure. In an old-meets-new configuration, rain barrels are installed to capture rainwater near homes, but with a computerized system that allows weather and water levels to be tracked and the barrel to be emptied from the comfort of a home computer.
“RiverSides is proud to launch the Toronto RainCap Pilot on Thursday, April 28, in the Toronto Riverdale community,” said Marcus Ginder, RiverSides’s Managing Director. “This first-of-its-kind project will become the gold standard for protecting residential property and local streams from the increasing threat of storm water.”
RiverSides is a non-profit environmental group with a track record of over 15 years working with urban householders and municipalities to deliver lot-level stormwater solutions.
“Congratulations to all NAPECA grant recipients. Your innovative environmental initiatives were chosen from among more than 500 project proposals,” said CEC Executive Director César Rafael Chávez.
CEC Council members—the environment ministers of the three NAFTA countries: Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna; Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán; and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy—support the grant program to encourage innovative and model environmental initiatives at the community level.
Find out more about the NAPECA program and details about how the Toronto RainCAP Pilot will improve our shared environment at: http://www.cec.org/our-work/napeca/napeca-projects. An interactive map is also accessible there, which shows where in North America each of these projects is located. Make sure to follow the progress of these new and innovative projects on Facebook, and on Twitter @CECweb using #NAPECA.