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Imagine 12,000 Rain Gardens on Vancouver's North Shore

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Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Environment's Pacific Water Research Centre and our partners invite you to learn about an exciting rain garden initiative in Puget Sound and explore what it would take to build 12,000 rain gardens on the North Shore.

The 12,000 Rain Garden campaign is a cooperative effort with local Washington state-based partners lead by Stewardship Partners and Washington State University Extension. The campaign promotes rain gardens to address significant problems on priority streams and marine shorelines caused by untreated, uncontrolled runoff. This partnership acts as a clearinghouse for information and resources, including in-person events and trainings for people interested in learning to build rain gardens. Their rain garden installations are clustered strategically to ensure the greatest cumulative benefit.

In this community talk, the director of Stewardship Partners, Aaron Clark, will discuss the 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound Campaign launched in 2011. An effective blend of regionally coordinated but locally driven efforts, the 12,000 Rain Garden campaign has played a major role in taking the rain garden concept from obscure to commonplace and from outlier to mainstream in terms of stormwater management strategies. Working closely with local government agencies, non-profits, research and educational institutions, private businesses and community members, they have helped ensure that current science informs current guidance across the widespread region and guided government incentive programs and regulatory policies to be progressively more equitable and effective in their reach. And, of course Aaron will talk about and look at many pictures of rain gardens themselves in their diverse beauty of different forms, plant palettes, and site contexts.

With representatives from the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver, we will talk about what it would take to engage our citizens in such an initiative here on the North Shore.

Special Guest Presentation:

Aaron Clark, PhD, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Stewardship Partners

Aaron Clark is an environmental scientist with experience conducting, communicating and applying scientific research for the support of healthy, functioning ecosystems. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, he focuses on building an interdisciplinary network between communities, policy-makers, businesses, architects, engineers and planners. He received a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington; he worked as an environmental consultant and landscape designer before joining Stewardship Partners. Aaron is driven by a belief in the positive impact that humans can and do have on the environment through restoration and stewardship. Aaron serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GrIP) and leads the annual Puget Sound Green Infrastructure Summit.


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