Notice of Study Completion for Mewburn Road Sewage Pumping Station in Niagara Falls

Niagara Region has completed a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study for the Mewburn Road Sewage Pumping Station, located at 2617 Mewburn Rd. in the City of Niagara Falls. The station was built in 1988, and has had several repairs since that time. Recent inspections of the pumping station show it is aging and in need of major repair or replacement to ensure it can continue to properly service the City. The current location of the pumping station is not owned by the Region; therefore, alternative locations for an upgraded pumping station are to be considered.

This study defined the current and future needs and investigated potential locations for an upgraded Mewburn Road Sewage Pumping Station. A conceptual design for the new pumping station was completed which will meet the needs outlined in the Region’s Water and Wastewater Master Plan. The current capacity of the pumping station is expected to be adequate for 25 years or more, so the design focused on upgrades and location of the station. The study followed the guidance outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (as amended in 2007, 2011, and 2015).

Based on the evaluation, it was determined that building a new pumping station located at the closed landfill entrance at the corner of Mewburn Rd. is the preferred alternative. This new location is on Mewburn Rd., approximately 320 meters north of the existing SPS, on Niagara Region-owned land.

This notice serves as the final mandatory point of public contact. The project file report is available to review in the Region’s website, or a printed copy can be made available upon request, as the Regional and municipal buildings are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions or would like further information about the study, you can do so by contacting:

Albert Succi
Project Manager, Engineering
Water & Wastewater Services
3501 Schmon Pkwy., P.O. Box 1042
Thorold ON, L2V 4Y6
905-980-6000 ext. 3308
Toll-free: 1-800-263-7215

Mike Newbigging, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Jacobs Engineering Group
72 Victoria St. S., Suite 300
Kitchener ON, N2G 4Y9

Please note that comments will be maintained for reference throughout the project and will become part of the public record.  Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, any personal information such as name, address, and telephone number included in a submission will become part of the public record unless the comments specifically request that such personal details not be included in the public record.

A person or party may request that the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks order a change in the project status and require a higher level of assessment under an individual Environmental Assessment process (referred to as a Part II Order). Reasons must be provided for the request. As of July 1, 2018, a Part II Order Request Form must be used to request a Part II Order. Copies of the Request Form must be sent to:

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay St., 5th Floor
Toronto ON, M7A 2J3

Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Ave. W., 1st Floor

A copy of the written request should also be sent to the proponent.  If there is no request received within the 30 calendar day review period, the Region will proceed with carrying out the design and construction of the project, as presented in the planning documentation. This review period will begin on May 30, 2020 and end on June 29, 2020.

All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number, and property location is collected, maintained, and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained to create a record that is available to the general public, as described in section 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434.

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