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Major Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements Help Clean Up Hamilton Harbour

Jul 24, 2013 - 6 years ago

By Supply Post

Hamilton residents and visitors will now enjoy a cleaner, more natural harbour, thanks to the completion of important improvements to Hamilton’s wastewater treatment infrastructure, including the naturalization of the Windermere Basin. Representatives from the governments of Canada and Ontario, and the City of Hamilton recently gathered to celebrate this important milestone, which contributes to Hamilton Harbour remediation efforts.

“The improved wastewater treatment system and Windermere basin are major achievements in support of the ongoing clean-up of Hamilton Harbour,” said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Environment. “Our government is proud to have invested in cleaning efforts that will help the environment, improve quality of life for Hamilton residents and that has created jobs.”

“Investing in local infrastructure renewal will build stronger communities and improve Hamilton residents’ daily lives,” said the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs for Ontario. “The Wastewater Treatment and Windermere Basin projects demonstrate the Ontario government’s ongoing commitment to work with our federal and municipal partners to address the province’s infrastructure priorities.”

“This program of work represents a large-scale project that we could not have completed without the generous support from our federal and provincial partners,” said Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina. “The Windermere Basin project resulted in the unique creation of new wetland space providing much needed habitat for fish and wildlife. All of these efforts contribute to our local goals for the remediation of Hamilton Harbour.”

The project will enhance the quality of life for visitors and residents in the City of Hamilton and contribute to public health improvements and the protection of the environment. The positive results of this work will also help remove Hamilton Harbour from the Area of Concern list under the Canada – U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The project has three components that will contribute significantly to Hamilton Harbour’s clean up. First, improvements were made to the Dundas Wastewater Treatment Plant’s disinfection system to ensure the removal of chlorine in the plant’s effluent. Second, new systems were put in place to control the flow of sanitary sewage and stormwater to reduce untreated discharge into Hamilton’s Harbour. Finally, the naturalization of the Windermere Basin – the water body that receives wastewater effluent from the Woodward treatment plant on its way to Hamilton Harbour – has transformed an open body of water with limited natural value into a 13 hectare healthy Great Lakes coastal wetland.

The Government of Canada contributed $35 million toward this project through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund; the Government of Ontario contributed $15 million, with the City of Hamilton providing the balance of the funding toward the $80 million project.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 1,000,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will support Canada’s infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

These investments support Building Together, the Province of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $85 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario’s economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

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