South Niagara Falls Wastewater Solutions
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Environmental Study public review

Your input is important and we welcome your feedback and comments. From Aug. 11 to Sept. 26, 2022, submit your comments on the Environmental Study Report. Feedback must be received by the project manager during the 45-day public review period using the contact email or feedback form.

If your concerns cannot be resolved, you may send your Section 16 Order request to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Director of the Environmental Assessment Branch. A copy of the request should also be sent to the Region's project manager.

Hon. David Piccini, Minister
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J3

Director, Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor,
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5

Environmental Study Report

Some information within the documents could not be made accessible. If you need a different format, contact Chris Hamel.

Volume 1 - Executive Summary

Volume 2 - Comprehensive Overview

Volume 3 - Supporting Documents

Volume 4 - Class Environmental Assessment Consultation

About the project

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 study

The environmental assessment is a transparent, mandated process that will identify and confirm some important factors:

  • Wastewater treatment strategy for the area
  • Preferred site for the new plant
  • Sewer routes in the area
  • Preferred technology and construction requirements
  • Timing for design and construction

Project background

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.

Project timeline

april 4, 2019

  • Notice of Study Commencement issued

May 28, 2019

  • Public Information Centre #1
  • Study purpose and objectives
  • Overview of the Environmental Assessment process

spring to Fall 2019

  • Public Information Centre #2
  • Identify evaluation criteria for selecting preferred site
  • Review long-list of potential sites for the new wastewater treatment plant

fall 2019 to winter 2020

  • Apply the evaluation criteria to the long-list of identified sites in order to select the optimum combination of plant site, outfall location and sewer system connections
  • Select preliminary preferred solution, including site, plant outfall location and conceptual sewer routes
  • Public Information Centre #3

Winter 2020 to Winter 2022 - completed

  • Validate preferred solution and present preliminary preferred design concept
  • Select preferred technology and construction requirements
  • Determine timing for design and construction
  • Public Information Centre #4

February 9, 2022 - completed

  • Virtual Public Information Centre #4

Winter to Spring 2022 - completed

  • Finalize conceptual design
  • Finalize Environmental Study Report

July 28, 2022 - completed

August 11 to September 26, 2022 - completed

  • 45-day public review period for the Environmental Study Report


Michelle Miller
Project Manager
905-980-6000 ext. 3737
Email Michelle Miller

Chris Hamel
Consultant Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited

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Image Gallery

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This image shows the visitors from the first public information centre.
This image shows Lisa Vespi and Chris Hamel leading our first Facebook Live stream.
Members of our project team explain the environmental assessment process to residents.
Chris Hamel of GM Blue Plan leads the third Facebook Live stream.
This image outlines the study area for the South Niagara Falls Wastewater solution.
This image shows the preliminary preferred site and shows a south facing view from the George Bukator Park along Welland River East (Chippawa Creek).
This image shows the attendees from the third public information centre.
This image shows Lisa Vespi, Project Manager, Niagara Region, explaining the preliminary preferred solution to an attendee.
This image shows the aerial view of the location of the proposed preferred site on Rexinger Rd. The outfall location is at the Welland River East (Chippawa Creek). The location is parallel to the Queen Elizabeth Way.
This image shows a map of the proposed sewer alignments for the new wastewater treatment plant.
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