The first official rain garden is being installed in Morden, thanks to funding from the RBC Blue Water Project and a partnership between Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) and the City of Morden.
Rain gardens are an attractive and efficient way to sustainably utilize rainwater runoff and reduce surface water contamination. The concept has become more popular in recent years thanks to water conservation initiatives such as the RBC Blue Water Project.
“Morden is a green place and the people here are progressive and interested in sustainable environmentally friendly activities and systems. We are thrilled to partner with the City and the RBC Blue Water Project to create this demonstration project that shows the sustainable use of water and techniques urban areas can employ to positively impact their environment,” said PVCD Manager, Cliff Greenfield.
“This rain capture and rain garden project is something we are already doing in rural areas with small to medium sized dams that hold water back and reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality downstream as well. Our grandparents understood the value of water and trying to use what resources we have to the utmost and best use--that’s why they had cisterns to capture rainwater to use,” said PVCD Chairman and Darlingford area farmer, Murray Seymour.
The rain garden will be installed at the Access Event Centre and will utilize rooftop rainwater runoff, channeled toward the garden as well as a small reservoir for Parks staff to use for watering. Using captured rainwater for watering City plants instead of expensive treated water is another great water conservation practice.
“The Community Services department is always seeking innovative ways to green our city while being aware of the investment required for many of these initiatives. The rain garden and reservoir takes an old concept and applies it in an innovative way to an urban setting,” said City of Morden Community Services Director, Clare Agnew. “We are extremely grateful to the assistance that Pembina Valley Conservation District and RBC Blue Water Project have provided for this project. The partnership on the project with our Parks Department has provided an interesting opportunity for the City.”
“The City of Morden prides itself on providing a vibrant community with an extraordinary quality of life. As a Council, we truly believe that Morden is the best in country living, and that’s why we have made environmental management a key project in our Corporate Plan. We are proud to see the rain garden move ahead in delivering a part of that project,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe.
A public planting event will take place: Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Access Event Centre.
ABOUT PEMBINA VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
: The Pembina Valley Conservation District is a not for profit grassroots organization that promotes sustainable use of our natural resources for current and future generations. Our motto is “local people managing local resources”.
ABOUT RBC BLUE WATER PROJECT:
The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. We support initiatives that help protect water in our growing towns and cities. We also promote responsible water use with our employees and clients, are committed to reducing the intensity of our own water footprint and encourage the growth of water businesses.
The first official rain garden is being installed in Morden, thanks to funding from the RBC Blue Water Project and a partnership between Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) and the City of Morden. Rain gardens are an attractive and efficient way to sustainably utilize rainwater runoff and reduce surface water contamination. The concept has become […]
The City of Morden was excited to host a representative from Hockey Canada on Friday, May 8th
at the Access Event Centre, following a bid application by the City of Morden and the Pembina Valley Hockey Association to host the Esso Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship in 2017.
“Having Hockey Canada come to Morden on a site tour was a great opportunity to showcase the excitement and community passion for hockey in Morden that can be difficult to accurately portray on paper, “ said Community Services director, Clare Agnew. “They were able to gain a valuable understanding of how the Access Event Centre would be a great location to host the Esso Cup in 2017. They were impressed with the venue and options for marketing, meeting room space and promotions. We are excited for the possibility, and we look forward to hearing their decision soon.”
It is a standard practice for event representatives to tour the facilities of potentially successful applicants, prior to an awarded contract. The City of Morden was not informed which other Canadian communities would receive a site tour. It is suggested that a final 2017 hosting decision from Hockey Canada will be made by the end of May 2015, with an official announcement following in June.
ABOUT THE ESSO CUP: Established in 2009, the Esso Cup brings together five regional champions from across the country and a host team to compete for Canada's National Female Midget Championship, another step is the development of the women's game.
The City of Morden was excited to host a representative from Hockey Canada on Friday, May 8th at the Access Event Centre, following a bid application by the City of Morden and the Pembina Valley Hockey Association to host the Esso Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship in 2017. “Having Hockey Canada come to Morden […]
As Mother Nature continues to turn the community green, the City of Morden will follow suit by removing the use of plastic bags in the 2015 Spring Clean-Up Week
-- May 4 - 8, 2015.
The annual program offers one week of free curb side pickup during regular garbage collection days for residential compost, garden refuse, and leaves. The City of Morden requests that only compostable materials are used. Plastic bags will not be picked up. Compostable bags are available at most hardware stores and include logos on the labels. Here is an example:
All items must be packed in compostable paper bags or boxes, branches cut and tied into bundles and placed at the curb on your regular garbage day prior to 8:00 a.m. Materials will not be picked up after 5:00 pm on your garbage day.
For more questions please contact the City of Morden at email@example.com or 204-822-4434.
Morden Residents Community Compost Site
The compost site is located at Wilcocks Road – Southeast of Huron Windows. This site is for grass clippings, leaves and garden refuse – branches only – all to be placed in marked areas. Wood chips and compost material is available for Morden Residents (hand loading only). PLEASE empty your bags and place them in the containers provided.
Compost Weekly Pickup Service
Compost material grass clippings, leaves and garden refuse will be picked up on a weekly basis every Monday from May to September. To obtain this service residents are asked to purchase tags from the Morden Civic Centre at a fee of $2.50 per bag with a maximum weight of 45 lbs per bag. The paper bags are to be placed at the curb by 8:00 A.M. on Mondays.
NOTE: Compost material is not included in the regular solid waste contract.
As Mother Nature continues to turn the community green, the City of Morden will follow suit by removing the use of plastic bags in the 2015 Spring Clean-Up Week – May 4 – 8, 2015. The annual program offers one week of free curb side pickup during regular garbage collection days for residential compost, garden refuse, and […]
The City of Morden will continue to support the development of community food options this year with the extension of the Loren Drive temporary garden site. Sixty garden plots have been developed at that site—up from the 27 plots last year. There is also an additional 33 plots at the permanent Grant Street location. The […]