Rain to Runoff: A Stormwater Story

Rain to Runoff: A Stormwater Story is a program from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) designed to help students and community groups learn about the impacts of stormwater in a changing climate, and discover how to take action to protect drinking water, wildlife habitat, and more.

ABOUT THE RAIN TO RUNOFF PROGRAM

Where does the rain go?

When it rains, approximately half of the water soaks into the ground — except in urban areas, where there are more hard, paved surfaces and less natural ground to absorb it.

In these areas, the water becomes stormwater runoff, and collects in our storm sewers and waterways.

image of stormwater and debris rushing into sewer grate illustrates the focus of the rain to runoff program

As stormwater runoff makes its journey, it picks up litter, road salt, car fluids, and other pollutants. During intense rain events, it can also cause flooding and erosion in both natural and human-built environments.

The following video, designed for children and families, provides a great introduction to Rain to Runoff. Get the accompanying e-learning worksheet (for ages 8+).

GET E-LEARNING RESOURCES:
For Schools and Community Groups

Rain to Runoff offers FREE virtual learning resources for teachers, suitable for grades 2 through 12. VIEW CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS.

These digital resources are also available to community groups.

Please register below to help us effectively track the distribution of these free resources. We ask that you do not share these resources with colleagues, but encourage them to sign up for free.

Upon registration you will receive an e-mail with the link to access our virtual resource kit.

REGISTER TO GET THE RESOURCES

BECOME A RAIN TO RUNOFF FACILITATOR

TRCA’s environmental educators will train you and provide all the resources you need to lead your own group or class in learning about the impacts of stormwater in a changing climate.

The training will enable you to use your own neighborhood for context, and teach you how to empower your learners to take action and protect their drinking water, local wildlife habitat, and more.

You will be provided with a Rain to Runoff presentation and activities that you can deliver independently to your community. The activities are appropriate for students, scouts, guides, and adults!

For more information, or to book facilitator training, please contact Emily Rondel: emily.rondel@trca.ca.