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HAMILTON, ON – Earlier today, the City of Hamilton’s General Issues Committee (GIC) received an update on a proposed workplan to remediate Chedoke Creek. The update included information related to the first part of an Order issued by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) related to the spill in Chedoke Creek.
The Orders, issued in late 2020, require the City to complete targeted dredging in Chedoke Creek, and undertake remediation activities in Cootes Paradise and the Western Hamilton Harbour Area.
The first part of the Order, which is related only to the targeted dredging in Chedoke Creek, must be submitted to the MECP on February 22, 2021.
GIC received information about the City’s work collaborating with the MECP on timelines related to the targeted dredging work. All parties agree that the timelines outlined in the Order are challenging to achieve, largely due to the agency approvals required to proceed through the construction. It is likely the City will be required to engage with and receive approvals from the following agencies in order to proceed with the project:
While the Ministry is currently requesting that the targeted dredging work be completed by October 31, 2021, the City’s consultant has provided a detailed timeline, including critical milestones and associated potential challenges with permitting and approvals from outside agencies, has also been included and currently assumes a completion date for dredging works of Q3 2022, provided no unforeseen challenges arise.
The City will continue to cooperate with the Ministry to the best of our ability as we have since reporting the discharge in 2018.
The City of Hamilton continues to be committed to the health of the watershed and to ensuring members of the public receive regular updates on the City’s efforts.
Timeline of recent events related to the Orders:
Additionally, in September 2020, the City retained the services of a consultant to complete a Chedoke Water Quality Evaluation Study. Independent to the work in the Order, the study has identified short-term and long-term operating, capital and policy work that will improve water quality within the entire Chedoke Creek watershed. This work is being done in collaboration with the Bay Area Restoration Council, Conservation Halton, Environment Hamilton, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, Indigenous Water Walker representatives, Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Royal Botanical Gardens (with MT Planners, Consultant). More information on this study will be shared in spring 2021.