Over the past century, we have manipulated our natural creek beds and waterways, thinking there would be no consequence.
We were wrong.
By burying and rerouting creeks, we frustrated nature’s flood controls in exchange for a system of culverts that allows heavy rainfall to move quickly and directly into Cootes Paradise and Lake Ontario, picking up contaminants like metals and oils along the way.
Extreme rain events brought by a changing climate will continue to overwhelm our wastewater and stormwater system, increasing the chances of flooded basements, more sewage overflow and more contaminants entering our waterways and natural habitats.
Smart cities are responding with new approaches to land and water management. Hamilton can do the same.
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