Ready for Rain Peterborough

Do you ever worry about flooding when it rains? Interested in techniques to reduce rainwater runoff? This is the program for you!

Ready for Rain Peterborough is a community engagement exercise in water resource education and stormwater project piloting. It encourages communities and neighbourhoods to take action on flooding and sustainable water resource management while creating a healthier environment for everyone in the Otonabee watershed. This program aims to promote sustainable and ecologically sound methods of diverting stormwater by installing rain gardens in target neighbourhoods around the city.

Using rain gardens and other low impact development techniques is one of the most proven alternative methods of improving the health of our watersheds and reducing runoff. A small rain garden can divert as much as 50,000 m3 from a single storm event! That is enough to fill a liquid bulk tanker truck! Rain gardens have many benefits outside of storm water management including beautification, educational opportunities, and providing habitat for local wildlife.

Do you have a flooding story to share?

Fill out the following survey and help tell Peterborough’s flooding story with the Ontairo Urban Flooding Collaborative who is creating an action strategy for addressing urban flooding in Ontario.

Ontario Urban Flooding Public Outreach Survey

    Share your flooding stories

  • This initiative is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  • Your information will not be shared and will be used only to contact you regarding this contest. You must first respond to the discussion questions in order to be entered in the draw. The prize will be drawn on November 1, 2018.



Program History

Over the past 20 years, Peterborough has experienced some of the most dramatic flooding events in the city’s history. With a changing climate and projections for increased rainfall in Southern Ontario, it is expected that there will be an increase in flood events similar to those that occurred in 2004. Reliance on stormwater infrastructure that was built for the past century will not suffice when we are faced with more frequent and intense storms that are projected for this century. Rather than view this as an obstacle that needs to be overcome, the groundbreakers program aims to use this as an opportunity to promote more sustainable and ecologically sound rainwater management solutions that protect against flooding, help keep our precious water resources healthy, and allow money savings.

In Peterborough, our stormwater infrastructure blends into the background, hidden away as pipes, sewers, drains, and ponds which can foster an attitude toward complacency. Cities across North America have been experimenting with new and novel ways of creating storm water infrastructure that creates opportunities for education, beautification, and reduces the cost of maintaining and installing traditional water management structures.  Now it’s Peterborough’s turn to lead the way!

In response, The GreenUP Ready for Rain Peterborough program installed eight rain gardens in The Avenues and Bolivar Street neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood residents organized volunteers to help with the planting, invited their entire street to come learn through the experience, and opened their kitchens to help feed hungry volunteers.

This project was possible due to generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and dynamic partnerships with GreenUP, Green Communities Canada, City of Peterborough, Basterfield Landscape Architects, and Peterborough citizens living in these neighbourhoods.

Program Services

Our community mapping page allows you to provide input for locations of new stormwater infrastructure in Peterborough; simply add a drop pin on the map where you have seen flooding in your neighbourhood and/or add your comments about water in your neighbourhood.

Click here to connect with our Community Map and Rain Garden FAQs….

Program Links

Rain Community Solutions – Canada


Program Contact Information

Name: Heather Ray
Position: Water Programs Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238
Fax: 705-745-4413


Green Communities Canada

Green Communities Canada

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

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