Niagara Region has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study to assess the preferred alternative for the required upgrades to the Catherine Street Sewage Pumping Station located at 8 Catherine St. in Fort Erie. The station was commissioned in 1981 and has since undergone equipment replacements and various maintenance activities while continuing to service the town. Recent investigations indicate the station will require upgrades based on the infrastructure’s age, condition and to accommodate the projected population growth.
Investigations conducted at the site indicate aging infrastructure and poor condition warranting the need for station upgrades. In addition, Niagara Region’s 2017 Water and Wastewater Master Servicing Plan indicates capacity increase demands due to operational, capacity and wet weather constraints. Considering this, Niagara Region has identified the need to initiate a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to conduct an assessment of the site and determine the preferred solution to address these future requirements for the site.
This study is being planned as a Schedule ‘‘B’’ Class Environmental Assessment, satisfying Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Engineers Association Class Environmental Assessment process, which is a planning process approved under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. This study will define the problems and opportunities associated with the site, develop and evaluate alternative strategies, determine the most feasible solution, and identify methods to avoid or minimize impacts to the community and natural environment.
Niagara Region encourages the public and stakeholders to participate in this planning process. The Region will be hosting a Public Information Centre to obtain input on the findings of the study. Notification of the Public Information Centre will be advertised in the local community newspaper, and notices will be mailed to businesses located within the immediate study area. Additional project information is located on the study’s website.
Upon completion of the study, a Project File Report documenting the study process will be prepared and made available for public review and comment. Anyone who wishes to comment on or to be involved in this study should indicate their interest, preferably in writing to:
Project Manager, Water & Wastewater Services
3501 Schmon Pkwy., PO. Box 1042
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
905-980-6000, ext. 3176
Amanda Beattie, P.Eng., P.Geo., CRL, CMRP, PMP
GM Blue Plan Engineering Limited
1266 South Service Rd., Unit C31
Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5R9
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