West Don River in E.T. Seton Park Major Maintenance Project

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has formally initiated a Conservation Ontario’s Class Environmental Assessment for the West Don River in E.T. Seton Park Major Maintenance Project, in the City of Toronto.

LATEST PROJECT UPDATES

April 27, 2021: TRCA will host the 2nd online Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 PM. Join us and share your thoughts on the project! Click here to register!

Please see the Public Consultation section for more information.

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Project Location

The project is located southwest of the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road, in the City of Toronto. The project area is along a section of the West Don River that flows through the Ernest Thompson Seton Park. There are three erosion hazard sites within the project area (see map below).

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Project Progress Tracker

study icon Erosion Risk Analysis & Geomorphic Assessment
2019 to 2020
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public consultation icon Notice of Intent
November 19, 2020
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alternative solutions icon Development of Concept Alternatives
Fall 2020
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public consultation icon Public Information Centre Meeting #1
February 25, 2021
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preferred alternative icon Selection & Analysis of Preferred Alternative
Winter/Spring 2021
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public consultation icon Public Information Centre Meeting #2*
May 13, 2021
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project plan icon Preparation of Project Plan*
2021
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public consultation icon Notice of Filing & Public Review of Project Plan*
2021
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project approval icon Notice of Project Approval*
2021 
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project planning icon Planning & Implementation*
2023 to 2025
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public consultation icon – Marks points of public consultation as per the Class EA process. Public consultation will continue throughout project planning and implementation via website updates, mailing lists, public notices, and project signage.

* All future project stages and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Project Background

In the late 1960s, TRCA constructed 18 erosion control structures along the West Don River between Eglinton Avenue and Overlea Boulevard. The erosion control structures include revetments, retaining walls, and slope treatments. These structures protect public lands, parks, and sewer infrastructure.

TRCA has been monitoring the structures within E.T. Seton Park for decades as part of the Erosion Hazard Monitoring Program. Recent monitoring shows that many of the erosion control structures are failing and no longer working as intended.

failing gabion basket retaining wall in seton park
Failing retaining wall within project area. Source: TRCA, 2018.

Instead of fixing one failing structure at a time, TRCA wants to find a comprehensive solution for the erosion issues in the project area.

With this goal, TRCA hired Palmer Environmental Consulting Group (Palmer) to complete a geomorphic assessment and an erosion risk analysis. Palmer studied the watercourse activity within the project area, identified areas of concern and made recommendations for each existing erosion control structure.

Based on Palmer’s study, three (3) erosion hazard sites exist within the project area where parkland, trails and/or sewer infrastructure is at risk. TRCA intends complete maintenance work at these sites to ensure public health and safety.

Background Reports

Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)

To find the best solution for the three sites, TRCA started the Conservation Ontario’s Class Environmental Assessment for Remedial Flood and Erosion Control Projects (Class EA).

Conservation Authorities have approval to use this process for projects that will protect human life and property from flood or erosion problems.

The Class EA process outlines the steps required to determine the best solution for addressing erosion hazards. Under the Class EA, a variety of alternative solutions will be developed for each erosion site.

Finally, TRCA will review the options and select a preferred alternative for each site. The preferred alternative is the best solution for erosion protection. It also mitigates or avoids the environmental effects that may be caused by the project.

Feedback from public consultation is also important in selecting the preferred alternative. TRCA has hired Palmer to develop alternative solutions and assist with the Class EA.

The Class EA process guarantees opportunities for public and stakeholder participation throughout the planning stages of the project. Please see the Public Consultation section for more details.

Scope of Work

The current scope of work is to select a preferred alternative for the erosion concerns by going through the Class EA process. A Project Plan outlining the preferred alternative will be available to the public for a 30-day review and comment period.

Future steps:

  • Develop detailed designs based on the preferred alternative
  • Obtain all necessary permits and approvals
  • Construction of preferred alternative (pending availability of funding and receipt of all permits and approvals)

Construction Information

The construction phase of the project is tentatively planned for 2024/2025.

Construction planning will begin after detailed designs for a preferred alternative are underway. Information about work areas, access routes, and construction timelines will be posted here when the construction phase has been confirmed.

Public Consultation

The Class EA process guarantees opportunities for public and stakeholder participation throughout the planning stages of a project. Consultation includes local residents, indigenous groups, community interest groups, affected landowners, and various government review agencies.

The consultation process considers concerns about the proposed project when developing alternative solutions and selecting the preferred solution.

TRCA will coordinate these consultation opportunities, and then post updates and scheduled meetings to this web page. Details of consultation events held by TRCA for this project is provided below in reverse chronological order:

April 27, 2021: TRCA will host the 2nd online Public Information Centre meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The project team will present a detailed analysis of the net effects to the physical, natural, cultural and engineering/technical aspects of the environment from construction of the preferred concepts for each of the three (3) Priority Areas:

  1. Priority Area 1 – Adjacent to Parking Lot: Localized Cut/Benching of Inner Bank & Vegetated Boulder Revetment
  2. Priority Area 2 – South of Trail Fork: Channel Realignment with Grade Controls
  3. Priority Area 3 – Adjacent to Archery Range: Trail Realignment with Repositioning of Private Outfall

In addition, the project team will provide a summary of the feedback that was received following PIC #1, identify next steps, and discuss opportunities for future public engagement. Please join us to learn more about the project and share your thoughts! Click here to register!

February 26, 2021: TRCA hosted an online Public Information Centre meeting on February 25, 2021. The project team presented the concept alternatives and attendees had the opportunity to share their questions and comments about the project. If you were unable to attend, please find links to the recording and all presentation materials in the Public Consultation Documents section below.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the project! Please fill out the comment form by March 14, 2021 to provide feedback on the project and the concept alternatives discussed in the presentation. Your comments are an essential part of the Environmental Assessment process and will be used to select the preferred alternative for each priority area.

TRCA is tentatively planning a second Public Information Centre for spring 2021 to discuss the comments received and finalize the preferred concept alternatives for each priority area in E.T. Seton Park.

February 10, 2021: TRCA will host an online Public Information Centre (PIC) webinar meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The project team will present the concept alternatives to address the erosion issues at each site. Please join us to learn more about the project and share your thoughts! Please see Public Consultation Documents section below for presentation materials.

November 19, 2020: TRCA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to inform the community that the Class EA for this project has formally begun.

The notice was sent to councillors, community groups, indigenous groups, and other stakeholders. TRCA also published the NOI through flyers in the local neighbourhood and online advertisements.

The NOI requests that individuals contact the Project Manager to participate in the EA process or stay informed of the project.

TRCA invites you to participate in the consultation process for this project. Your input is valued and will be considered in the planning and design process.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION DOCUMENTS

Public Information Centre #2: May 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Public Information Centre #1: February 25, 2021

Notice of Intent: November 19, 2020

Project Updates

Spring 2021 Update:

  • TRCA will be hosting the 2nd online Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 PM. Please see the Public Consultation section above for details.

Winter 2021 Update:

Fall 2020 Update:

  • The Notice of Intent (NOI) was published on November 19, 2020 to formally start the Class EA process.
  • NOI park signs were installed on December 2, 2020 to inform park users about the project:

    Notice fo Intent sign posted within Seton Park to engage park users.
    Notice of Intent sign posted within Seton Park to inform park users about the project.

Summer 2020 Update:

  • Palmer completed a Geomorphic Analysis and Erosion Risk Assessment for the project area.
  • TRCA retained Palmer to undertake a Class EA for the project area.

Contact Us

For more information regarding this project, please contact:

Divya Sasi, Project Manager
Erosion Risk Management
Restoration and Infrastructure Division
Email: divya.sasi@trca.ca
Phone: (416) 661-6600 ext. 6463