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Stormwater Management at Home
BY Michael Albanese
ON July 14, 2015
I am happy to be writing my second post for the BARC blog. Much like the first post, the focus here is on simple changes we can make at home to confront climate change in a way that will bring positive changes to the quality of our streams, creeks, and the Hamilton Harbour. As Hamilton continues to evolve we all want to experience the benefits of clean streams, swimmable beaches, and an overall healthier environment.

With the reality of climate change confronting us rather quickly it’s becoming even more important to both mitigate and adapt to these changes. The simplest way to have a positive impact on the environment is to adopt a zero runoff approach at home by trying to keep as much rain on your property as possible. Use rain as a resource by infiltrating it into the landscape through gardens or bioswales; or use it for irrigation via rain barrels or sprinkler systems. This helps local creeks and streams deal with large storm flows without becoming overwhelmed by stormwater runoff. The Hamilton Harbour is the ultimate end point for the majority of our city’s runoff; meaning positive changes at the individual property level will translate to a healthier Hamilton Harbour.

Helping others prepare for a changing climate while delivering positive benefits to our watersheds has been a major source of inspiration behind starting AVESI Stormwater & Landscape Solutions. A full service landscape consulting and contracting company guided by three principles:

1. Help keep properties safe from water damage
2. Manage rain where it falls
3. Create beautiful, functional, and sophisticated landscapes

These ideals are used to create holistic approaches unique to each property - because when it comes to landscape management there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution. During my time at Green Venture and REEP Green Solutions I experienced first hand working with water efficient properties and I am pleased to share my expertise with as many people as I can.

I know that there are tons of people out there looking use less water, house more native plants, create habitat for birds and butterflies, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve the quality of our air, soil, and water. The goal has been to create an affordable service that can help facilitate these changes throughout all the stages of landscape assessment, design, and construction.

When it comes to addressing climate change it’s as simple as letting water do the work. To learn more about how your property can use rain as a resource please feel free to get in touch with me!

Michael Albanese | (905) 929 3079
Author Bio - Michael Albanese
Stormwater management and ecology are my biggest passions. I work directly with property owners to create landscapes that will help keep properties safe from water damage. Always looking to incorporate natural landscaping features that use rain as a resource. avesistormwater.com
Stormwater management and ecology are my biggest passions. I work directly with property owners to create landscapes that will help keep properties safe from water damage. Always looking to incorporate natural landscaping features that use rain as a resource. avesistormwater.com

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