Development and Application of a Water Quality Model for Lakes in the City of Greater Sudbury – Hutchinson Report

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The Vermilion River Stewardship (VRS) wish to express our concerns regarding the recent report entitled, “Development and Application of a Water Quality Model for Lakes in the City of Greater Sudbury” (Report), by Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Inc. We understand that this report was initiated in late 2011 for the development of a watershed-based water quality model for the City of Greater Sudbury using the Lakeshore Capacity Model.

We have had an opportunity to review this Report in detail, and feel that it falls far short of its purpose, which is to provide technical guidance for the development and redevelopment of unserviced shoreline lots in support of Official Plan policies that are protective of water quality, technically sound, defensible, and which meet the intent of the Provincial Water Quality Objectives (PWQO) and Provincial Policy Statement. Our areas of concern are as follows:  Read more

Sudbury needs better model to evaluate lake health, manager says – Morning North, CBC Radio

 

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Simon Lake – Park

Mar 25, 2014 10:11 AM ET

The City of Greater Sudbury says it has started a long process toward more safeguards for city lakes, including how it can more accurately pinpoint water quality.

At a meeting Monday night, Sudbury’s environmental planning manager gave his report on lake quality. One of the big problems, he said, is the guide used by the province to determine water quality doesn’t work very well….  Read the full article and listen to the interview:

Sudbury needs better model to evaluate lake health, manager says

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Excerpt:  We have had an opportunity to review this Report in detail, and feel that it falls far short of its purpose, which is to provide technical guidance for the development and redevelopment of unserviced shoreline lots in support of Official Plan policies that are protective of water quality, technically sound, defensible, and which meet the intent of the Provincial Water Quality Objectives (PWQO) and Provincial Policy Statement.

To view the Lake Water Quality Model Report in a PDF document click here.

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Lively/Walden Wastewater Treatment System – Part II Order Request

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Algae on Simon Lake – Lively, Ontario

The City of Greater Sudbury is proposing to decommission the Lively Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and upgrade the Walden WWTP.  Vermilion River Stewardship (VRS) has requested tertiary treatment, which is a third means of effluent treatment, to improve water quality on the lower Junction Creek, Simon Lake, McCharles Lake, and the lower Vermilion River.  VRS is making a request to the Minister of Environment to issue a Part II Order to elevate this proposal to an Individual Environmental Assessment.  See attached letter – Click to Download.

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Park Beach on Simon Lake

Save Wabagishik Rapids – Vermilion River

Wabagishik Rapids is a beautiful 1 km stretch of rapids on the Vermilion River, about 1/2 hour west of Sudbury, Ontario. A developer is proposing to build a modified run of river hydroelectric dam that would produce enough power to supply about 1,600 homes. These types of dams have numerous negative impacts associated with them, and are very harmful to the riverine ecosystem. Check out this film to find out more.

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