Hamilton submits Cootes Paradise remediation workplan to the Ministry of the Environment,

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Hamilton has submitted a proposed remediation and mitigation workplan for Cootes Paradise and the Western Hamilton Harbour Area of Lake Ontario. The workplan is associated with the second part of an Order issued by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) related to the discharge in Chedoke Creek.

The second part of the Order, which is related only to the remediation and mitigation works to offset the impacts associated with nutrient loading to Cootes Paradise and the Western Hamilton Harbour Area, was due to the MECP this week.

The submitted workplan includes projects and initiatives that are subject to further review and consultation with the MECP and includes several projects, including:

  • Annual Removal Projects
  • Large Scale Floating Vegetative Mats
  • Outcomes from Lower Chedoke Master EA Study
  • One-Time Removal Projects
  • Exploratory Study to Dredge beyond Princess Point Embayment in Cootes Paradise
  • Sediment Nutrient Inactivation
  • Watershed Projects (Point/Non-Point Annual Removals)
  • Outcomes from the Ainsley Woods Class EA (Sewer Separation)

There are four additional projects and initiatives that are pending further review from city, MECP and area stakeholders. They include Golf Course Runoff Management, potential Desjardins Canal works, accelerating the Sewer Cross Connection Program to address the removal of partial cross connections involving private homeowners and a review of policies and procedures related to street management programs focused on roads in the Chedoke Watershed.

The city is exploring opportunities for small-scale works to be installed this summer to improve the water quality of Chedoke Creek with initiatives such as a small aeration system and a floating treatment wetland within Chedoke Creek.

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