Desrochers: Use nature in Ottawa’s storm water management
Ottawa Citizen

By Brigitte Desrochers, Ottawa Citizen, September 18, 2016

The more people go to the Ottawa River, the more we should care about its water quality, and the more we should think about the stormwater pipes that lead into it. There is a long way to go to bring the waters back to full health.

Ottawa is becoming a poster child for water management issues, with its sinkholes so big they make it into the New York Times. To be fair, water has become a headache in most cities, overtaking fire as the leading source of home insurance claims in Canada. All cities our size intensify, and leave fewer places where water can soak up before going down our stormwater drains. And those storms are becoming more violent by the year.

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