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October 23, 2002
City wants public input on plan to clean up waterfront
  
Works & Emergency Services - The City of Toronto is unveiling its
draft plan to clean up waterfront beaches and address other problems related to
stormwater runoff at a series of public workshops to be held across the city.
The plan, called the Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan (WWFMMP), has
followed the Master Planning process of the Ontario Municipal Class
Environmental Assessment Process with broad public consultation at key project
milestones.

The plan is set to address the problems Toronto encounters when rainwater and
melting snow flow through the city. The pollution picked up by flowing
stormwater ends up in our creeks, rivers and Lake Ontario, often causing
beaches to be unsafe for swimming. Other problems include basement flooding,
erosion of riverbanks and loss of fish habitat.

The development of the plan has been guided by a committee chaired by
Councillor Irene Jones, City of Toronto Water Advocate, with membership on the
committee drawn from interested members of the public, government agencies,
watershed groups and consultants. The draft plan, a culmination of more than
two years of technical studies and analyses, is being presented at a series of
public workshops from October 17 to 28 at various locations across the city.
This new plan sets out a blueprint for how we can help solve Toronto's water
pollution problems, clean up our rivers and lakes, and make our beaches safer
for swimming.

"As the City's Water Advocate, I'm delighted to see the draft plan being
presented to the public and I would encourage people to attend a workshop and
have their say on the future of their streams and lake," said Councillor Irene
Jones. "I look forward to the day when, as a result of this plan, we can once
again enjoy our beaches."

An estimated $40 million per year will be required to implement the plan over
the next 25 years. For more information on the plan or the public workshops
and locations, visit the City's Web site at
http://www.toronto.ca/wetweatherflow or call 416-392-9365.


Media Contact
Councillor Irene Jones,
Etobicoke-Lakeshore and Water Advocate,
416-397-9273

Michael D'Andrea,
Manger, Infrastructure Asset Management,
416-397-4631

 

 

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