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Class environmental assessment for expansion of water works facilities

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The Town of St. Marys initiated a Class Environmental Assessment process for the expansion of water works facilities in the Town. A Master Servicing Study was completed in June 2012, which examined future servicing needs for the community related to existing water, sewage and road infrastructure. The study identified a deficiency in the current storage capacity of the water system and determined that additional storage is necessary to meet the required fire flows for the existing service population and future development.

The Class EA process included an assessment of storage facility locations, and types of storage facilities (elevated and in-ground). From the investigation, a preferred alternative has been selected: the construction of a ground-level reservoir and booster pumping station, adjacent to the existing Well 1 pumphouse and water treatment building at 55 St. George Street North (see the included figure).

The project, as an activity subject to an environmental screening process, is following the planning process established for Schedule B activities under the Municipal Class Environment Assessment (Class EA) document. The purpose of this Environmental Assessment process is to identify a preferred type of storage facility, identify any potential environmental impacts associated with the proposal and to plan for appropriate mitigation of those impacts. The process includes consultation with the public, stakeholders and government review agencies. The environmental assessment process has now been completed. There were no negative impacts identified with the project that could not be mitigated.

For further information on this project, or to review the Class EA process, please contact the engineers: B. M. Ross and Associates, 62 North Street, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 2T4. Telephone (519) 524-2641. Fax (519) 524-4403. Attention: Lisa Courtney, Environmental Planner. E-mail: lcourtney@bmross.net.

A Screening Report documenting the environmental assessment process is available for public review at the St. Marys Library (15 Church Street) and the St. Marys Town Hall (175 Queen Street East) during normal business hours. A copy of the report has also been placed on the municipal website: http://www.townofstmarys.com

If environmental concerns arise regarding the project which cannot be resolved in discussion with the Town of St. Marys, a person or party may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act which addresses individual environmental assessments. Requests must be received at the addresses below within 30 calendar days of this Notice. A copy of the request must also be sent to the project engineers at the above address. If there is no request received by August 19, 2016, the project will proceed as planned.

Minister, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
11th Floor, 77 Wellesley St. W., Toronto, ON M7A 2T5

Director, Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Ave West, 1st Floor
Toronto ON M4V 1P5

Dave Blake, Supervisor of Environmental Services This Notice Issued
July 20, 2016
Town of St. Marys