Credit Valley Conservation and partners’ innovative stormwater management retrofit project at Elm Drive, Mississauga was recognized with an engineering award of excellence during the 11th Annual Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Awards Gala on April 20th.
The award (in the category of firms with 26-50 employees) was presented to The Municipal Infrastructure Group (TMIG), engineering consultant on the project, at CEO’s annual awards ceremony to recognize innovative engineering projects in Ontario that demonstrate social, economic and environmental benefits within a community.
The Elm Drive project is a partnership between CVC, Peel District School Board (PDSB) and the City of Mississauga to innovatively manage stormwater runoff through permeable pavement and biorention cells (or rain gardens) on site. Together, these techniques help capture, filter and clean the runoff before it slowly drains into nearby Cooksville Creek. These techniques are part of a growing suite of advanced technologies called low impact development, or LID, to manage stormwater on site.
“The Elm Dr project is a true testament of the advantages of innovative stormwater management techniques to treat rain and runoff close to source,” said Phil James, Water Resources Engineer at Credit Valley Conservation. “This project demonstrates practical ways that LID can be used to revolutionize the way we think about implementing new infrastructure.”
“LID is still quite new to Ontario,” added Mr. James. “CVC, partnering with Ministry of Environment and City of Mississauga, is monitoring results at Elm Drive and other sites to demonstrate how these techniques can be successfully implemented across the province.”
“To be recognized by the CEO for our involvement is a great achievement, as this award demonstrates our dedication to the industry and our initial objective to build a revolutionary design that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but highly functional,” said David Ashfield, one of TMIG’s Founding Partners and lead designer for Elm Drive. “We are honoured to share this award with many other firms that strive to make innovative solutions to support growing infrastructure needs in Ontario.”
City of Mississauga Ward 7 Councillor Nando Iannicca was instrumental in launching the project in his ward. Councillor Iannicca stated, “This project supports the vision, goals and objectives of Mississauga’s Strategic Plan, ‘Our Future Mississauga’. It demonstrates Mississauga’s commitment to environmental protection and conducting operations in an environmentally responsible manner.”
PDSB Chair Janet McDougald said, “The project is situated on Peel District School Board property and demonstrates our commitment to modeling environmentally responsible practices by consistently considering the environmental impact of our operational decisions.”
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a community-based environmental organization, dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing natural resources of the Credit River watershed. Established by the provincial government in 1954, CVC is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. As the primary scientific authority for the watershed, CVC works in partnership with municipal governments, schools, businesses and community organizations to deliver locally-based programs to help protect human health and the natural environment of the watershed.
Founded in 2003, The Municipal Infrastructure Group Ltd. (TMIG) is a privately owned Canadian company that provides high standards of technical and management services for municipal projects including trunk feedermains and watermains in both open cut and trenchless installations, sanitary sewers, sanitary pumping stations and forcemains, storm sewers and treatment, road works, low impact developments, creeks restoration, grading and water supply and distribution including groundwater supply and treatment.
About City of Mississauga
As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is “Leading Today for Tomorrow” by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
About Peel District School Board
The Peel District School Board serves over 103,000 students in the region’s communities of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.
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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC has been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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