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Stormwater runoff from urban environments can contain a number of pollutants including suspended solids, metals, nutrients, bacteria, salts, oils and grease. These pollutants can have significant impacts on the surrounding watershed and ecosystem health.

This program identifies and funds innovative projects that protect, maintain and enhance water quality in the North Saskatchewan River and surrounding watershed. It supports implementation of strategic plans such as the Stormwater Quality Control Strategy & Action Plan and the Biosolids Management Strategy.

This program addresses regulatory changes, adopts sustainable approaches to watershed management, and continually improves watershed health.

Program Scope

This program covers the following components of the Environmental Enhancement and the Mill Creek End-of-Pipe Treatment Facility:

  • Interconnection Control
  • Low Flow Diversion for Quesnell Storm Basin
  • Low Impact Development demonstration projects
  • Environmental monitoring to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Sewage lagoon rehabilitation (Clover Bar lagoon and Bremner lagoon)

Benefits

  • reduces polluted low stormwater flow into the North Saskatchewan River and surrounding watershed by diverting untreated water to the wastewater treatment plant for treatment
  • improves the water quality in the North Saskatchewan River through controlling sewer interconnections city-wide
  • supports sustainable development to deliver social values such as recreation and community livability using Low Impact Development practices
  • provides an effective natural pollutant removal method from stormwater runoff using end of pipe facilities
  • reduces costs of operating and maintaining drainage system by a faster and more reliable data collection and reporting process

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