This study is in Phase 3 of the Class Environmental Assessment process and includes a review and evaluation of alternative design concepts of the preferred solution. This phase has been supported by further investigations to identify potential impacts to the environment that alternative design concepts may present and help identify mitigation measures to deal with potential issues such as odour, noise, impact to surrounding land use and traffic.
Through this phase, the preferred solution is being refined to select the siting of the plant at Site 8, as presented at Public Information Centre #3 in March 2020. Detailed pipe alignment and construction staging areas for the associated sewer strategy and plant outfall have also been developed and evaluated.
On Feb. 9, 2022, the Region is hosting Public Information Centre #4. The event will be conducted virtually using Zoom. The Region will be presenting the preferred design concepts for the new plant, trunk sewer and Thorold servicing. This includes the proposed layout at the wastewater treatment plant at 6811 Reixinger Rd., Niagara Falls, plant outfall discharge location (Welland River East), and associated sewer strategy and proposed pipe alignments along Montrose Road and from Thorold South.
For information about the preferred design concept, view the Public Information #4 display boards and interactive story map.
We will also present proposed technology selections for the new plant and impacts and mitigation measures.
Following rigorous evaluation and stakeholder consultation, the study has completed Phase 2 of the Municipal Environmental Assessment Class Environmental Assessment process and has selected the preferred wastewater servicing solution. You can find images of the preferred location in the image gallery.
The south Niagara Falls class environmental assessment includes three critical components:
The preliminary preferred solution for the three project components was presented at the third public information centre on March 11, 2020.
The short list was evaluated against each other using a set of weighted criteria: environmental (25 per cent), social / cultural (25 per cent), legal / jurisdictional (10 per cent), technical (20 per cent) and financial (20 per cent). This weighting was presented to the public for feedback at our second public information centre on November 20, 2019.
In addition to the criteria, the Region has consulted with an extensive stakeholder group including: the City of Niagara Falls, the City of Thorold, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ontario Power Generation, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, residents, businesses and property owners of short-listed sites for feedback to help inform the decision-making process.
The full decision-making process and the breakdown of the results of the evaluation can be found on the public information centre #3 display boards.
Following the third public information centre, and review and consideration of stakeholder input, the preferred solution was selected:
Niagara Region is investing in tomorrow to make sure we have the infrastructure to serve current and future residents and businesses in Niagara.
A Schedule 'C' Class Environmental Assessment is underway to plan for a new wastewater treatment plant and improvements to wastewater systems in the South Niagara Falls area.
The new plant and system upgrades will meet growing needs and provide environmental benefits to the South Niagara Falls area. The public, stakeholders and agencies will be consulted and engaged through each step.
The environmental assessment is a transparent, mandated process that will identify and confirm some important factors:
We undertook an integrated process called Niagara 2041 where the Region looked at water and wastewater infrastructure, growth planning and transportation to establish a plan for Niagara's future. Of the total growth (employment and population) expected in Niagara Falls by 2041, 64 per cent of that growth is expected in South Niagara Falls area.
Under this process, the 2016 Water and Wastewater Master Servicing Plan Update was completed. A key recommendation was to establish a new wastewater treatment plant in the South Niagara Falls area and have the sewer systems in the southern area connect to this new facility. Niagara Region Council and Niagara Falls Council adopted these recommendations in 2017.
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