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Notice of study commencement for Lakeshore Rd. Sewage Pumping Station in Fort Erie

Niagara Region has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental  Assessment Study to assess the preferred alternative for the required upgrades to the Lakeshore Road Sewage Pumping Station (the site) located in the Town of Fort Erie at 14A Lakeshore Rd. The station was commissioned in 1985 and has since undergone minor equipment replacements and various maintenance activities while continuing to service the Town. Recent investigations indicate the station requires upgrades based on the infrastructure’s deteriorating condition and to accommodate the projected population growth.

Investigations conducted at the site indicate aging infrastructure resulting in high maintenance costs. In addition, Niagara Region’s 2017 Water and Wastewater Master Servicing Plan indicates increased capacity demands due to the growing population in the area. Considering these factors, Niagara Region has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to conduct an assessment of the site and determine the preferred solution to address the condition and future requirements of the station and 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 actively participate in this planning process. A Public Information Centre will be planned and hosted virtually to present details about the study, the process used to decide on possible solutions and allow you the opportunity to share your comments and concerns.

Notification of this upcoming Public Information Centre will be advertised in the local community newspaper and via Niagara Region’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:

Stephanie McGill
Project Manager, Water & Wastewater Services
Niagara Region
3501 Schmon Pkwy., PO. Box 1042
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
905-980-6000, ext. 3176
fax: 905-685-5205
stephanie.mcgill@niagararegion.ca

Amanda Beattie, P.Eng., P.Geo., CRL, CMRP, PMP
Project Manager
GM Blue Plan Engineering Limited
1266 South Service Rd., Unit C31
Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5R9
905-643-6688
amanda.beattie@gmblueplan.ca

Personal information collected or submitted in writing at public meetings will be collected, used and disclosed by members of Regional Council and Regional staff in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The written submissions including names, contact information and reports of the public meeting will be made available.

Questions should be referred to the Privacy Office at 905-980-6000, ext. 3779 or FOI@niagararegion.ca. If you require any accommodations in order to attend and participate in meetings or events, please let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Please contact the Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905-980-6000, ext. 3252 or accessibility@niagararegion.ca.

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