Application for funding through Co-op Community Spaces open until February 12, 2016

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Everyone needs a place to meet, play, learn and share. In 2016, Co-op Community Spaces will contribute up to $1.5 million to support recreation, urban agriculture and environmental conservation projects in Western Canada.

Community organizations have until Feb. 12, 2016, to apply for funding through Co-op Community Spaces.

Last year, the Manitoba Eco-Network was one of 16 Co-op Community Spaces recipients. For more information on these projects and to learn how your community can apply, visit communityspaces.ca.

The Manitoba Eco-Network is creating a natural solution for ensuring clean water enters the water system in Winnipeg.

“The rain garden will receive, temporarily hold and clean the runoff from the adjacent parking lot before it enters the nearby Seine River,” said Megan Krohn, Water Program Manager. “Deep-rooted native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers will trap and remove sediment and other pollutants.”

Winnipeg experiences combined sewer overflow from rain storms 22 times a year, which results in millions of litres of stormwater and untreated human waste in waterways. Rain gardens, in addition to filtering runoff, divert runoff from the storm drains and release the water slowly after the peak runoff time. This can be a useful tool in communities with combined sewer systems to reduce overflows.

The rain garden project raises awareness of easy and tangible approaches to stormwater management for the city, local business and private landowners. Not only will it educate and engage landowners, the project will have a positive effect directly on river water quality.

This project will serve as a pilot for future rain gardens in the urban watershed.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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In 2015, the Manitoba Eco-Network received $35,000 from Co-op Community Spaces to help create a rain garden that will improve stormwater management in Winnipeg.

In 2015, the Manitoba Eco-Network received $35,000 from Co-op Community Spaces to help create a rain garden that will improve stormwater management in Winnipeg.