What is BlueScaping?
BlueScaping is landscaping for stormwater to reduce lotlevel runoff, and improve the quality of the water reaching surface waters from built-up areas. In cooperation with the City of Kawartha Lakes, a spot in the northwest corner of Victoria Park next to the armoury was selected as a site in which to install a BlueScaping feature. A combination of a small rock garden to reduce erosion and a rain garden is the most appropriate feature for this location.
This BlueScaping demonstration site is a rain garden designed to infiltrate and treat storm water runoff which flows from the Armoury roof, and the parking lot. It includes three sections: a rocky inlet, a woodland garden and a tallgrass prairie garden. Both garden treatments will be planted with native grasses and perennial wildflowers that would be Rain gardens are not only beautiful and creative, they are also functional. By planting a rain garden, you can help maintain the natural water cycle while protecting local rivers, lakes, fish and drinking water sources.