2022 STEP Webinar: Sustainable Technologies Applied at the Residential Level – Rain Ready Ottawa: The City’s residential rainwater management program for private property
Abstract: Rain Ready Ottawa is the City of Ottawa’s residential rainwater management program for private property. The program is a response to the Ottawa River Action Plan and municipal council direction to boost adoption of private property residential actions which can help ameliorate stormwater quantity and quality issues in tributaries to the Ottawa River.
Rain Ready Ottawa is a multi-faceted approach to engage and incentivize residents, and to build landscape industry capacity to design, install and maintain stormwater management features on residential property. Additionally, the program targets to homeowners in priority stormwater retrofit areas, with information and education across the City. A robust communications and outreach plan supports the overall program.
Four parallel components provide a diversity of tactics that can be scaled up in order to meet Ottawa’s long-term stormwater retrofit targets:
- Industry capacity building
- Home assessments
- Financial rebates
- Communications and outreach
The presentation will provide an overview of Canadian and US voluntary rainwater management program and provide background on the development of Rain Ready Ottawa. We will share preliminary results from the first year of operations of the program and offer key insights into advancing municipal stormwater programming.