Niakwa Trail Rain Garden
Objectives: To provide natural filtration of storm water runoff as it drains to the Seine River and increase food sources and nesting for birds and other wildlife
Location: North-East corner of St. Anne's Road and Fermor Avenue
Years Active: 2015 - Ongoing
Save Our Seine worked with Manitoba Eco-Network on an exciting legacy project for SOS’s 25th Anniversary in 2015. The Niakwa Trail Rain Garden was unveiled on September 16, 2015 and continues to be actively maintained and updated.
The rain garden is designed to collect storm water runoff from the roof and parking lot of the Great Canadian Superstore on St. Anne's Road, with a catchment size of 9860 square meters (2.4 acres). The garden was planted with 670 native plants of 58 different species, covering an area of 460 square meters. The plants and soil act as a natural filtration system, removing pollution and contaminants from the water. The water then drains through an underground pipe to the Seine River, providing clean water downstream.
On September 16, 2015, approximately 75 volunteers took part in planting the rain garden, including 30 volunteers from Louis Riel School Division, the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Real Canadian Superstore. Since then, the rain garden has been regularly maintained and periodically amended with additional plantings by dedicated volunteers and board members.