Government of Canada and FCM support an eco-friendly parking lot in Brome-Missisquoi RCM (27/04/2015)
The eco-friendly parking lot at the RCM of Brome-Missisquoi office building in the Eastern Townships is equipped with bioretention cells that collect and treat runoff.
Cowansville, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Brome-Missisquoi. The $185,900 in funding was used to develop and test the performance, over more than a year, of bioretention cells that collected and treated runoff from the parking lot at the RCM's office building.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like Brome-Missisquoi build a greener future for our citizens."
In conventional parking lots, underground pipes drain surface water into storm sewers that discharge the untreated water into rivers or lakes. The eco-friendly parking lot tested in Brome-Missisquoi has no underground piping and cost half the amount of a conventional, retention-based parking lot. The runoff flows into three bioretention cells containing various materials and plants that tolerate floods, drought and deicing salt. The cells drain the runoff from most rain events, treat it, then return it to the water table.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, and other Canadian municipalities will benefit from the publication of a report and case study about this project."
"The eco-friendly parking lot we field-tested has many environmental benefits," explained RCM Prefect Arthur Fauteux. "These include improved runoff quality, reduced peak quantities and flows, a more attractive appearance, reduced heat islands, and the creation of carbon sinks. By demonstrating the bioretention system's feasibility, the RCM will be able to promote large-scale installation throughout its territory, which would undoubtedly benefit all citizens of Brome-Mississquoi."
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.