Runoff from Braneida Industrial Park [Brantford, Ontario, Canada] Finally Being Addressed
This article details some of the process, design and expense in dealing with rainwater that is not properly diverted.
PARIS – It took a decade of perseverance over politics and bureaucracy, but Paul Singh is finally within sight of getting two municipalities and the Ministry of Transportation to co-operate on a $3.4-million rechanneling project to reclaim his land.
In a special meeting Tuesday, Brant County council unanimously approved two readings of a bylaw accepting a drainage report from K. Smart Associates Ltd. detailing the rechanneling of a tributary from Garden Avenue to Fairchild Creek.
The purpose is to remediate a major problem of erosion on the Singh lands on the southwest side of Highway 403 and Garden, stemming from massive runoff that has turned a natural drainage ditch into a major, fast-moving stream that also cut off access to the northern part of the property.
Another part of the project is to construct a bridge over the stream.
The county will take out a debenture to be repaid through levees on the relevant land owners. The county’s direct share is $274,872.
Council will move third reading in June after a requisite court of revision session on the project, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, Singh and county officials are celebrating what they consider a major agreement.
“It has taken a long time since I bought the land in 2001 but it was worth it,” a jubilant Singh recounted in an interview after the vote.
He had to go through several letters and interviews first to get officials to accept the problem and then get a consultant to draw up a remediation plan.
“We expected it was going to be a slow process,” Singh continued. “I had to be persistent, but also patient and conciliatory to get a satisfactory end. Now everybody wins – the city, the county and the environment. We can have a green future on that land.”
Brant Mayor Ron Eddy also reflected on Singh’s patience in getting a settlement of a problem that befell him shortly after he bought the land.
When the MTO undertook work at the 403-Garden Avenue interchange, runoff from the city’s Braneida Industrial Park rushed toward through drainage ditch in such a torrent that it chewed deep trenches through the soil and radically changed the area.
“I remember when that ditch was a shallow slow one. But the water cut so deeply that it became like the Grand Canyon,” Eddy said while shaking hands with Singh after the vote.
“We’re pleased that this is happening. We’re finally making progress, and when we’re done, everything will be much better.”
Work likely will start in June shortly after council has approved third reading.
The remediation take into consideration the drainage of water that comes from 4,000 acres in the affected watershed area that includes city and the county territory. The vast majority of the work will be on the Singh property.
The channel will go 1,600 metres downstream of Garden Avenue, through the Singh property and an adjacent owner toward Fairchild Creek. The stream will be excavated, then reworked to have the water move more slowly.
Stone riffles will be created in the stream using 20,000 tonnes of stone placed in strategic locations.
The earth excavated from the channel will be left on site at five agreed locations on the Singh property to save the cost of transporting it elsewhere.