RBC donates $50,000 to river institute flooding program

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From left are Jeff Ridal (St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences), Sylvie Perreault (RBC East Court Branch Manager), Johanna Delves (RBC Regional Vice President), Dianne Nixon (RBC Cornwall Main Branch), and John St. Marseilles (City of Cornwall General Manager, Infrastructure & Municipal Works).

CORNWALL, Ontario - The city and the St. Lawrence River Institute are partnering on a new program to educate residents on how to protect their homes from flooding.

Thanks to a $50,000 donation from RBC Bank, the river institute is working with municipal officials to provide education and hands-on demonstration programs to assist citizens with the implementation of flood mitigation measures - including the dreaded basement flood.

“We’re proud to partner with the river institute and their new initiative that not only helps to profile the importance of water, but works to change water behaviour and how we look at the importance of water conservation and protection in our community,” says Johanne Delves, regional vice president, Eastern Ontario, RBC.

“RBC’s Leadership Grant will help us to collaborate with the city on a project that will engage the entire community. We are confident that this collaborative project will empower citizens to make small changes that will contribute toward addressing the flooding problems in our community,” said Dr. Jeff Ridal, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.

In recent years, extreme weather events have caused basement flooding in sectors of the city.

In response, the City of Cornwall developed the Cornwall Blueprint — a comprehensive flood risk reduction plan that identifies infrastructure needs, public education, awareness, and Low Impact Development (LID) among other initiatives, as priorities for flood management in Cornwall.

The concept, called ‘Flooding by a Thousand Drips’, is based on the premise that everyone in the community can help reduce the factors that contribute to urban flooding.

“The generous donation will assist with the collaborative community efforts to create awareness and implement flood risk reduction measures through our Blueprint and the ‘Flooding by a Thousand Drips program,” said John St. Marseille, General Manager, Infrastructure & Municipal Works for the City of Cornwall.

Organizations: RBC, RBC Bank, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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