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North Shore Rain Garden Project – Community Rain Garden Workshop

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The Oak Room at Delbrook Community Centre

851 W Queens Road

North Vancouver, BC V7N 4E3

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SFU’s Faculty of Environment and Cool North Shore are collaborating to present this “how-to” workshop for building rain gardens in your own yard or neighbourhood. With the help of several different presenters and speakers, we aim to de-mystify the process of designing and building rain gardens.

Rain gardens are a simple way to naturally filter and infiltrate urban runoff. These gardens come in many shapes and sizes, and can be made to suit the needs of every home owner and community. As stormwater runs over non-permeable surfaces such as roads, parking lots and sidewalks, it picks up contaminants like fertilizers, heavy metals, motor oil and other chemicals. Rain gardens and other green Infrastructure aim to infiltrate urban runoff on-site, filtering out contaminants and recharging local aquifers.

This workshop aims to educate and encourage community members to create their own rain gardens. With the help of local experts, this rain garden workshop will cover:

  • Effects of urban runoff on stream health on the North Shore of Vancouver, B.C.
  • The necessary steps of planning, designing, building, and planting the right rain garden for the setting
  • A presentation by a local landscape architect firm about design and necessary equipment for successful rain garden planning and building
  • A presentation by a local garden center about soil composition and planting options

Deborah Jones, Workshop Presenter and Rain Garden Advisor

Deborah is Rain Gardens Coordinator for Cougar Creek Streamkeepers (North Delta/Surrey BC) and serves as volunteer advisor to The Nature Trust of British Columbia on their rain garden grant program. For the past 11 years, she has collaborated with Delta’s Engineering Department, Delta School District and others on the design, installation and maintenance of school and community rain gardens throughout North Delta.

Caitlin Pierzchalski, Workshop Facilitator

Caitlin aims to connect community members with the resources and information necessary to help their local ecosystems and further sustainable development for healthy, future communities. She holds a BSc in marine biology and is working towards her MSc in ecological restoration.

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The Oak Room at Delbrook Community Centre

851 W Queens Road

North Vancouver, BC V7N 4E3

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