Earl Bales Stormwater Facility – Toronto Region Conservation Authority Living City Awards – Healthy Rivers and Shorelines

The project improves stormwater management, reduces water use in surrounding areas, enhances public appreciation of the natural area and pond, and improves water quality.

Earl Bales Stormwater Facility Wins Healthy Rivers and Shorelines Award

The Earl Bales Stormwater Facility in Toronto won a Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Living City Award in the Healthy Rivers and Shorelines category. MMM Group designed and implemented a fully detailed plan for the construction and commissioning of the project, which is one of the largest stormwater retrofit pond facilities in an urban setting in North America.

The Living City Awards are presented to organizations who exemplify TRCA’s vision for the living city – where human settlement can flourish as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. TRCA’s objectives for the Living City include healthy rivers and shorelines, regional biodiversity, and sustainable communities. Nominations were submitted by TRCA staff, then evaluated and selected by TRCA Directors.

The project is the first in a series of Toronto projects aimed at tackling the long-running human and environmental health problem of uncontrolled stormwater runoff from historic development areas. The project improves stormwater management, reduces water use in surrounding areas, enhances public appreciation of the natural area and pond, and improves water quality.

Receiving stormwater from a 550 ha area, this large pond will provide a significant reduction in sediment, bacterial, and excess nutrient loadings to the Don River, and eventually to Lake Ontario, enhancing fish habitat and reducing the taking of river water for human purposes (such as irrigating a nearby golf course and providing snow-making water for a ski hill).