Temporary relocation of the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall and four pump station outfalls in the City of Niagara Falls
Niagara Region has initiated a Municipal Class
Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to identify preferred alternatives for the temporary
relocation of the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall (WWTP) and
four (4) sewage pump station (SPS) outfalls.
Niagara Region is responsible for operating and
maintaining the wastewater treatment plant and most sewage pumping stations in
the City of Niagara Falls. The Niagara
Falls WWTP discharges treated effluent into the Chippawa-Queenston Power Canal
(Power Canal). There are also overflow outfalls
into the Power Canal located at the WWTP, Dorchester Road SPS, Drummond Road
SPS, Royal Manor SPS, and South Side High Lift SPS.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is currently planning for
temporary maintenance shutdowns of the Power Canal. When the maintenance shutdowns occur, flow
within the Power Canal will be eliminated. As a result, any discharge from the
WWTP and pump stations to the Power Canal will not be possible. Instead these
flows will need to be temporarily relocated, or in the case of the pump
Alternative solutions for the temporary relocation or
control of these outfalls will be reviewed and evaluated as part of the
Municipal Class EA process. Key criteria
in the evaluations will be the ability to meet the operational and compliance
requirements at each facility, and provide similar protection to upstream properties
as the existing outfalls.
The project is being planned as a Schedule ‘B’
undertaking, in accordance with the 2015 version of the Municipal Engineers
Association Class Environmental Assessment. The Class EA process includes public and
review agency consultation, evaluation of the alternatives, assessment of the
impacts of the preferred alternative and identification of measures to mitigate
any adverse impacts.
A Public Information Centre is being planned for February
2018 and will present the preliminary findings of this study. Attendees will have the opportunity to review and
discuss the project directly with the Project Team. The location and date of the Public
Information Centre will be announced at a later date by means of a similar
You are encouraged to participate in this study and
provide your comments for input into the project. Information and comments regarding this
project are being collected to assist the project team in meeting the
requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. With the exception of personal information,
all comments will become part of the public record.
For further information on
this project, or if you
wish to be added to the mailing list or have any questions on the project,
Ms. Lisa Vespi, P.
Niagara Region, Water and Wastewater Services
Parkway, P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
905-980-6000 ext. 3640
Mr. Vince Grande, P. Eng.
Associates Limited, Consultant
1 St. Paul Street,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7L2
4201 or fax: 905-685-9894