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November 17, 2000
City's stormwater plan to aid in clean-up of waterfront water quality
Water and Wastewater Services -- Tomorrow's Clean Waters Summit at Harbourfront
Centre brings together interested people from across the GTA to discuss what it
will take to clean up water along the Toronto waterfront. A key initiative in
the drive to improve waterfront water quality is the city's developing Wet
Weather Flow Management Master Plan. The plan will find ways to prevent, reduce
and control the pollution in stormwater runoff. The pollution carried in
stormwater is a major cause of poor water quality in Toronto's watercourses and

"The master plan will look at the problem in a holistic way -- a
watershed-based approach. Activities in the watersheds are connected and to
have an effective plan, we will need a multifaceted strategy," said Michael
Price, General Manager, Water and Wastewater Services and guest speaker at the
summit. He added, "We can't do it alone. Our neighbouring municipalities share
our watersheds and what goes on upstream affects everyone all the way down to
the lake."

The Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan has just entered Phase Two of its
planning process. In this phase, options for managing wet weather flow will be
assessed. The City is looking to the public for help in setting clean-up
targets and critiquing the various control options. The first set of workshops
will begin November 21 and continue until December 4. Anyone interested in
attending a workshop in their area should call 416-392-9365.

While the system-wide plan is being developed, the city has a number of
individual stormwater management projects underway. Projects include ways to
deal with stormwater before it enters the sewer system, such as the Downspout
Disconnection Program, stream design using natural principles such as wetlands,
and large-scale projects such as the Western Beaches Tunnel. Innovative
projects and new technology are being tested as well, such as the Dunkers Flow
Balancing System at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs. These projects will go
a long way to improving near-shore water quality.

The Clean Waters Summit is a partnership event of the Waterfront Regeneration
Trust, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Environment Canada, Ontario
Ministry of the Environment and the City of Toronto.

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