Floods to Flowers Initiative


ACAP Cape Breton is pleased to be tackling flooding in downtown Sydney through a stormwater management project funded by the RBC BlueWater Project. We will be implementing a variety of methods on eligible properties within the area contributing to the flooding. This area includes parts of Ashby, Hardwood Hill, and around the Baille Ard Trail.


Our aim is to decrease flooding through Low Impact Development. LID involves capturing runoff water before it reaches storm drains, where it overloads our sewer infrastructure. There are many methods of capturing stormwater, including rain gardens, rain barrels, rock-filled trenches, and more.


If you live in the target area, you may be eligible to have one or more of these methods implemented on your property, free of charge. The process involves an assessment of your property by ACAP staff to determine what, if any, methods would be effective. If it meets our criteria, ACAP Cape Breton will develop a plan for your property. Finally, if you approve of the plan, we will implement it, adding a beautiful feature to your yard that will reduce water pollution and flooding in your neighbourhood.


All gardens, barrels, and other methods will be implemented by ACAP Cape Breton free of charge; however, all future maintenance will be the responsibility of the property owner.


Rain garden built by ACAP Cape Breton in Sydney.

A registration event will be held for homeowners who may be interested in this program on Thursday, July 14th from 4 to 7pm at the Atlantic Street Field in Sydney. We recommend downloading and completing the registration form available here and bringing it with you to the event. 


Please note that only a limited number of properties will be selected due to funding constraints, and all properties must meet our eligibility criteria to be approved for the program. For more information, please contact:


Sarah Penney

Environmental Project Coordinator

902-567-1628 ext. 208



Download the registration form here and

bring it with you to our registration event on Thursday, July 14, from 4:00-7:00PM at the Atlantic Street Field in Sydney

Are you eligible? Zoom in on the

map below to see if you live in

the highlighted area!

We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. 

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Visit: 90 Esplanade, Sydney, NS

Mail: PO Box 28, Station "A", Sydney, NS, B1P 6G9

Phone: (902)567-1628

Email: ed@acapcb.ns.ca