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These tools might assist in proposing policies and management programs focusing on conservation and preservation; effect of land use on environmental resources.  
 
These tools might assist in proposing policies and management programs focusing on conservation and preservation; effect of land use on environmental resources.  
 
*Municipal stormwater risk management framework
 
*Municipal stormwater risk management framework
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This project is to develop a science-based handbook for the assessment of source water quality vulnerabilities to climate change. The handbook will assist Source Water Protection Committees with the preparation of Climate Change adaptation policies to address the relevant climate change impacts associated with their source protection areas. The handbook will include guidance and worksheets for carrying out climate change vulnerability assessment in order to incorporate relevant broad scale indicators into the drinking source water vulnerability scoring assessment.
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*Westhoff water balance model
 
*Westhoff water balance model
 
*Wetland hydrologic analysis tool
 
*Wetland hydrologic analysis tool

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Watershed scale

These tools might assist in proposing policies and management programs focusing on conservation and preservation; effect of land use on environmental resources.

  • Municipal stormwater risk management framework

===Sourcewater protection water quality risk assessment for climate change - handbook/worksheet This project is to develop a science-based handbook for the assessment of source water quality vulnerabilities to climate change. The handbook will assist Source Water Protection Committees with the preparation of Climate Change adaptation policies to address the relevant climate change impacts associated with their source protection areas. The handbook will include guidance and worksheets for carrying out climate change vulnerability assessment in order to incorporate relevant broad scale indicators into the drinking source water vulnerability scoring assessment.

  • Westhoff water balanceThe accounting of inflow and outflow of water in a system according to the components of the hydrologic cycle. model
  • WetlandA vegetated area such as a bog, fen, marsh, or swamp, where the soil or root zone is saturated for part of the year. hydrologic analysis tool

Subwatershed scale

These tools help assess the effect of land use scenarios and urban stormwater practices on different objectives of water balanceThe accounting of inflow and outflow of water in a system according to the components of the hydrologic cycle., stream erosion(1) The wearing away of the land surface by moving water, wind, ice or other geological agents, including such processes as gravitation creep; (2) Detachment and movement of soil or rock fragments by water, wind, ice or gravity (i.e. Accelerated, geological, gully, natural, rill, sheet, splash, or impact, etc)., water quality , temperature, baseflow, flooding, fisheries, aquatic life. They may assist in choosing preferred strategies based on public acceptance, cost, technical feasibility, ability to meet goals and objectives, potential to enhance environmental impact of strategy on future land uses.

Macroeconomic study

This project (due 2020) will develop, test and deliver a first-ever methodology and model employing an "Equitable Responsibility" approach for transformational stormwater design. The user-driven model will enable detailed analysis and cross-analysis of multiple parameters for stormwater management (SWMStormwater Management), hydrologic function and cost-benefit comparisons applying scale and infrastructure aggregation, integration and distribution, and climate change scenarios to achieve optimal system performance for mitigation of risks (e.g., flooding, drought, erosion(1) The wearing away of the land surface by moving water, wind, ice or other geological agents, including such processes as gravitation creep; (2) Detachment and movement of soil or rock fragments by water, wind, ice or gravity (i.e. Accelerated, geological, gully, natural, rill, sheet, splash, or impact, etc)., source water contamination, etc) associated increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather. The methodology and model will also provide for the development of a municipal-cost sharing or equitable responsibility mechanism for drainage basinGround depression acting as a flow control and water treatment structure, that is normally dry.-scale (and larger scale) SWMStormwater Management systems.

Risk and return and investment tool

A Tool for water infrastructure that will help municipalities and conservation authorities make evidence-based cost-effective decisions to reduce flood risk. The Tool will perform the following key functions:

  • Fully assess baseline flood risk and quantify the potential impact
  • Evaluate overall risk-reduction that can be achieved by various management options
  • Perform a financial assessment of the return on investment associated with each management option, by comparing life cycle costs to the costs mitigated by reducing flood risk.

Thermal stream index

  • Hotspot identification tool-sedimentSoil, sand and minerals washed from land into water, usually after rain. They pile up in reservoirs, rivers and harbors, destroying fish-nesting areas and holes of water animals and cloud the water so that needed sunlight might not reach aquatic plans. Careless farming, mining and building activities will expose sediment materials, allowing them to be washed off the land after rainfalls.
  • Natural assets project

Environmental impact report/ subdivision plan scale

If your seeking to summarize findings of watershedThe drainage area of a river.An area of land that drains into a river or a lake. The boundary of a watershed is based on the elevation (natural contours) of a landscape., subwatershed plans and done on a tributary subcatchment boundary.

Integrated water management tool

This tool helps to build a strong business case within a sustainability framework (environmental, economic, social) for implementing connected and spatially intensive green infrastructureNatural vegetation and vegetative technologies in urban settings such as: urban forests; green roofs; green walls; green spaces; rain gardens; bioswales; community gardens; natural and engineered wetlands and stormwater management ponds; and porous pavement systems. These systems are designed to provide multiple benefits, such as moderate temperatures, clean air and water, and improve aesthetics. that can reduce the impacts of stormwater flows (e.g. overland runoffThat potion of the water precipitated onto a catchment area, which flows as surface discharge from the catchment area past a specified point.Water from rain, snow melt, or irrigation that flows over the land surface., erosion(1) The wearing away of the land surface by moving water, wind, ice or other geological agents, including such processes as gravitation creep; (2) Detachment and movement of soil or rock fragments by water, wind, ice or gravity (i.e. Accelerated, geological, gully, natural, rill, sheet, splash, or impact, etc)., and water quality) and provide associated co-benefits to the community. The tool can consider future land use change/ climate change scenarios. The IWM tool can be used to model and determine GIGreen infrastructure types, sizing and intensity of application at a site/ neighbourhood level to meet SWMStormwater Management criteria while considering the cost and co-benefits of the design. This tool can be used to determine GIGreen infrastructure opportunities on priority sites identified by the Risk and Return on Investment Tool.

Soil risk assessment tool

The Soil Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool has been created to predict average annual soil loss from areas which have implemented a variety of ESC measures. The SRA tool can be used to assess the efficiency of ESCs on construction sites and to determine areas of high erosion risk.

WetlandA vegetated area such as a bog, fen, marsh, or swamp, where the soil or root zone is saturated for part of the year. water balanceThe accounting of inflow and outflow of water in a system according to the components of the hydrologic cycle. module: Visual Otthymo 5

Stormwater management planning

Topsoil and soil amendment calculator

This best practices guide is intended to provide both the rationale and practical guidance needed to improve conventional urban construction soil management practices in Ontario. It is a useful resource to designers and engineers involved in urban and landscape design, government agencies involved in the permitting and inspection of urban construction projects and contractors involved in urban construction and landscaping.

Post construction maintenance or monitoring

  • Green infrastructureNatural vegetation and vegetative technologies in urban settings such as: urban forests; green roofs; green walls; green spaces; rain gardens; bioswales; community gardens; natural and engineered wetlands and stormwater management ponds; and porous pavement systems. These systems are designed to provide multiple benefits, such as moderate temperatures, clean air and water, and improve aesthetics. asset management tool
  • SWMStormwater Management facilities maintenance tracking status asset management tool

Online training modules