The Corporation of the City of Barrie has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess alternative solutions to reduce the frequency of flooding in Whiskey Creek at Minets Point. This reach of Whiskey Creek, including both public and private property within the Whiskey Creek floodplain, experiences regular flooding and as such, this EA assessed solutions to mitigate flooding between The Boulevard and Kempenfelt Bay. Alternative solutions included changes to the existing road, creek culverts, and other infrastructure in the area to mitigate flooding downstream of The Boulevard to Kempenfelt Bay. The Study Area encompassed the Whiskey Creek floodplain from the outlet at Kempenfelt Bay to just upstream of The Boulevard.An online Public Information Center (PIC) was held with two Question and Answer sessions on February 9 and 16 where the public and interested stakeholders could provide comment on the project details and the various physical, natural, social, cultural and economic impacts. Public and agency comments received have been considered as part of the selection of the Preferred Solution. The preferred solution is Alternative 3: Improve Culvert/Watercourse to Convey Less Than 1:100-Year Design Storm with a conveyance capacity of the 1:50-year peak flow. An EA Report has been prepared that documents the study process and presents the Preferred Alternative. By this notice, the Whiskey Creek Drainage Improvements at Minet's Point EA Report is available for public review starting June 17, 2021 on the City website (barrie.ca/eastudies).If you have questions or concerns related to the Preferred Alternative or identified projects recommended in the ESR, please contact Nathanael Couperus, P. Eng., MASc, at the address before July 26, 2021.Nathanael Couperus, P.Eng., MAScSenior Infrastructure Planning TechnologistCorporate Asset Management BranchCity of Barrie70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400Barrie, ON L4M 4T5Phone: (705) 739-4220 ext. 4303Fax: (705) 739-4247Email: Nathanael.Couperus@barrie.caIf concerns arise which cannot be resolved with the City of Barrie, a person or party may request that the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. Requests must be received by the Minister within 30 calendar days of the second Notice being issued. Requests are to be submitted to:Hon. Jeff YurekMinister of the Environment, Conservation and ParksCollege Park 5th Floor777 Bay St.Toronto, ON M7A 2J3minister.email@example.com
A duplicate copy of the request must also be forwarded to Nathanael Couperus, MASc., P. Eng. of the City of Barrie at the address provided above. If no requests are received, the City of Barrie, upon receipt of the necessary approvals, plans to proceed to implementation of the preferred alternative through a phased approach, dependent on future budget approvals.Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
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