Councillor Shelley Carroll

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Cleaning Up Our Waterways: The Don River and Central Waterfront Project

Wade into the discussion!

In 1987, the International Joint Commission identified the City of Toronto’s waterfront as one of 43 polluted Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Basin, largely due to poor water quality conditions in the Don River and the Inner Harbour. Overflows from both storm sewers and combined sewers - sewers that contain both sanitary flows and stormwater - were identified as the main sources of pollution. In 2003, the City approved the Wet Weather Flow Master Plan (WWFMP), a comprehensive plan aimed at solving this problem across the City’s watersheds.

The City has now started a project that brings together the recommendations in the WWFMP for improving water quality in the Don River and the Inner Harbour with necessary upgrades to the Don and Waterfront trunk sewer system and its ability to service future growth. Once completed and put into action, this Project will help us to improve water quality and the environment, and will be an important step to delisting Toronto's waterfront as an Area of Concern.

Public participation in this study is critical; find out more about it and get involved. Wade in!

•We want to know what is important to you. Visit us at the Gerrard Square Shopping Centre on November 29 or Yonge-Eglinton Centre on November 30.

•Learn more about the options and help decide how solutions will be chosen. Attend our second Project Information Centre on December 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre on The Esplanade.
•Visit our website at

•Add your name to the stakeholder list. Email us at or call 416-338-5470. Information will be distributed via e-mail wherever possible.