6:30 p.m., April 7)
Feds, province commit funds for final phase of Ottawa
River Action Plan
By Fred Sherwin
Mayor Jim Watson, sporting a pair of crutches,
is joined by Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal
Galipeau and Nepean-Carleton MP and federal
Minister of Employment Pierre Poilievre for
today's Ottawa River Action Plan announcement.
federal government and the province of Ontario are ready
to hand over $124 million to the City of Ottawa in order
to implement the final and most costly phase of the Ottawa
River Action Plan.
investment represents a little over half of the estimated
cost of the $231 million project, with the rest of the
money coming from the City of Ottawa in the form of additional
Ottawa River Action Plan was developed in response to
sewage outflows to the river that occur after a heavy
rain event. Their were 29 such events in 2014, down considerably
from the year previous when they were 179 overflow events
and 2013 when there were 142 events.
plan was adopted by Ottawa city council in 2009 and includes
17 different projects, six of which have already been
completed, including real time controls on the city's
stormwater management system which has reduced outflows
by 80 per cent. Another 10 projects are ongoing and the
final project is the construction of two large holding
tanks under the downtown core.
tanks are actually two large tunnels. One will be run
east west from Stanley Park to Lebreton Flats, and the
other will be built under Kent Street from Chamberlain
Street to Chamberlain Street. The Kent Street tank will
be built under the light rail tunnel were the two intersect.
The storage system is only the second of its kind in Canada.
Toronto uses a single large tank to control collector
than 800 communities in North America use a collector
sewer system in which stormwater and santitary sewage
is collected in the same sewer pipe.
occur when a heavy rain event overwhelm the sewer system
creating an overcapacity which overflows into the local
D.C. is building a deep underground storage tank and other
improvements to its sewer system at a cost of $2.1 billion,
and Boston built a tunnel system similar to what Ottawa
is planning, at a cost of $850 million.
total cost of the Ottawa River Action Plan, including
the work in progress, is $381.3 million.
project should drastically reduce the number of beach
closures at Petrie Island, but it won't do anything to
improve water quality at Mooney's Bay, which is effected
by runoff into the Rideau River, or Britannia Beach and
Westboro Beach, which are impacted by runoff fuirther
up the Ottawa River and its tributaries.
announcement also does nothing to limit collected sewer
outflows on the Quebec side. The official line from Gatineau
city hall is that they are currently meeting provincial
guidelines for collected sewage outflows. However, they
have yet to install even a single monitoring device.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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