Rain Gardens Improve Health of Bowker Creek

The City is rehabilitating two existing rain gardens on Hillside Avenue to clean stormwater entering Bowker Creek. The rain gardens will receive new soil, trees and a mix of native and climate adaptive plants to help the gardens clean and absorb water runoff from the road and reduce the volume of stormwater flowing to the creek.

“Rehabilitating rain gardens is an important step to improve the quality and quantity of stormwater reaching Bowker Creek and reaffirms our decade long commitment to improving the health of the watershed,” said Councillor Jeremy Loveday, Council liaison to Oaklands. “Thanks to leadership from local residents and our Bowker Creek Initiative partners, significant strides have been made to restore the ecological health of this natural amenity for our communities and wildlife to enjoy for decades to come.”

In addition to the rain garden rehabilitation, the City has established the Rainwater Rewards program to encourage stormwater management on residential properties. The program helps homeowners sustainably manage rainwater on their properties by providing incentives to install features such as rain gardens and permeable pavers that improve the quality of stormwater reaching the Creek and help restore the health of the watershed.

The Bowker Creek Blueprint is the 100-year action plan that guides the restoration of the Bowker Creek watershed and was endorsed by Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay. It is the 10-Year Anniversary of the Bowker Creek Blueprint and Friends of Bowker Creek are hosting a creekside concert on September 26, World Rivers Day, at King’s Road Community Nature Greenspace (at Kings and Haultain). Residents and visitors are invited to attend to learn more about 10 years of action to restore the creek and check out live music and family-friendly activities. More information is available at bowkercreek.org/events/.

Bowker Creek is about 8 kilometres in length, beginning at the University of Victoria and flowing through Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay before discharging into the ocean. The Bowker Creek Initiative is a broad coalition of community, government, businesses and institutions who work collaboratively to protect and enhance the ecological, social and economic health of the Bowker Creek watershed.

Learn more about the Bowker Creek Blueprint