Stormwater: I’ts killing our waters
A lot of rain falls on the Comox Valley and the Pacific Northwest generally. And every time it rains after a dry period, it’s as if a giant toilet flushes animal feces, fertilizers, pesticides, oils, road salts, heavy metals and other contaminants into our municipal stormwater systems, which in turn send torrents of polluted water directly into our watersheds, killing fish, eroding property and making our waters unsafe for shellfish harvesting. But there is a slow — some say too slow — trend toward green infrastructure and low-impact development methods to manage rain where it falls. This ongoing series of stories examines the negative impacts of stormwater runoff and the shift toward more natural solutions.
This is the sixth in a series of articles about how urban stormwater runoff has negatively impacted Comox Valley waterways, what local governments are doing to address the issues and what other communities have done.read more
Stormwater management plans in the Comox Valley have historically treated rainwater as waste, something to be collected and disposed of quickly, usually into previously clean streams or directly into the ocean. Clearly a new approach is needed.read more
Morrison Creek thrives with diverse aquatic wildlife thanks to only two relatively harmless stormwater outlets and a pristine, spring-fed headwaters that several organizations hope to protectread more
The Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society and the Town of Comox have kept the creek alive, but the degradation of natural assets in Courtenay and Area B continue to pose threats to this urban waterwayread more
The second in a series about stormwater begins the Tale of Three Creeks: Golf, Brooklyn and Morrison. Golf Creek is dead, Brooklyn Creek is threatened and Morrison Creek is thriving, with an effort to protect its pristine and intact headwatersread more
Traditional engineered methods of managing urban stormwater runoff have polluted our waters and killed wildlife. But new methods that mimic nature might slowly stop and possibly reverse the damage.read more