Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are finalizing amendments to the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP Project). This project will transform the existing mouth of the Don River including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the lake, while at the same time, removing the risk of flooding to 240 hectares of urban land to the east and south of the existing river.

This project is subject to the requiements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act) as an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA). The Terms of Reference (ToR), the first step of an Individual EA, sets out TRCA’s work plan for preparing the EA and carrying out the required public consultation. The ToR for the DMNP was approved by the Ministry of the Environment on August 17, 2006.

The goal of the DMNP Project is to establish and sustain the form, features, and functions of a natural river mouth within the context of a revitalized City environment while providing flood protection up to the Regulatory Flood.

The objectives are to:

  • Naturalize and rehabilitate the mouth of the Don River utilizing an ecosystem based approach
  • Provide flood protection for Spill Zones 1 and 2
  • Maintain the provision for navigation and existing flood protection through sediment, debris and ice management
  • Integrate existing infrastructure functions that could not be reasonably moved or removed (including road, rails, utilities, trails, and power)
  • Encourage additional compatible recreation, cultural heritage opportunities and public/handicap accessibility
  • Contribute to the revitalization and sustainability of the waterfront and coordinate with and inform other planning and development efforts and associated certain and foreseeable infrastructure
  • Design and implement this project in a manner consistent with TWRC’s Sustainability Framework and applicable provincial legislation

First completed and submitted to the Ministry of Environment for approval in December 2010, the DMNP EA was placed on hold in July 2011 at the request of the City of Toronto.  The request to hold was due in part:

  • To allow the City to re-evaluate their priorities for the Port Lands;
  • To reconfirm the selection of the Preferred Alternatives for the DMNP EA;
  • To explore cost efficiencies; and
  • To develop a process that would involve funding from private interests to help fund the project implementation.

This Hold resulted in the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and TRCA undertaking a comprehensive review and study update that was ultimately called the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative (PLAI). The conclusions of the PLAI were presented to and approved by City Council in October 2012: City of Toronto Council Resolution #EX22.1.  The Council Resolution included, but was not limited to the following:

City Council endorse the 2012 “4WS Re-aligned” option and request Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to revise and submit the Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment.

City Council request the TRCA and Provincial Ministries (including the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Natural Resources) to approve the revised phasing strategy and planning framework (Special Policy Area) for the implementation of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment (DMNP EA) as outlined in the report (August 24, 2012) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and to include the Don Greenway in the first phase of implementation.

City Council refer the submissions regarding the expansion of the precinct boundaries to “properties across the street” to the Deputy City Manager responsible for the Waterfront Initiative, for consideration in the Precinct Planning Process.

City Council request the Deputy City Manager responsible for the Waterfront Initiative, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the TRCA, through planning and permit approvals and other legal agreements, if applicable, to ensure that the proposed valley corridor of the Lower Don River through the Port Lands is protected from encroachment by development.

City Council request Waterfront Toronto to revise, as necessary, the Lower Don Lands Class EA Infrastructure Master Plan (May 2010) and Keating Channel Precinct Class EA Environmental Study Report (May 2010) to align with the direction for the Port Lands.

The What’s New section provides information related to the collective efforts undertaken since October 2012 to address City Council’s direction relating to the DMNP EA.

What’s New

DMNP EA receives Provincial Approval – January 28, 2015

The Project Management Team for the DMNP EA is excited to announce that the DMNP EA received provincial approval on January 28, 2015. To view the Notice of Approval please visit the Ministry’s website here.

This project will transform the existing mouth of the Don River (the “Don Mouth”) including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the Toronto Inner Harbour and Lake Ontario, while at the same time removing the risk of flooding to over 290 hectares of urban land to the east and south of the river.

Project History

Environmental assessment: approved

  • Date submitted: March 3, 2014
  • Expiry of public comment period: April 21, 2014
  • Expiry of public comment period for Ministry Review: August 29, 2014
  • Decision date: January 28, 2015

Terms of reference: approved

  • Date submitted: May 5, 2006
  • Expiry of public comment period: June 5, 2006
  • Decision date: August 17, 2006

Environmental Assessment

The configuration of the existing Don Mouth was engineered primarily for the purposes of achieving transportation efficiency and to create additional land for port and other urban uses. This has resulted in the current condition with lands vulnerable to flooding, a serious reduction in ecological function of the river mouth, and an area that is neither aesthetically pleasing, nor available for public use and enjoyment./p>

The naturalization of the Don Mouth will establish a floodplain within the lower reaches of the Don River which will, over the long-term:

  • Improve aquatic and terrestrial ecological functions and provide enhanced linkages to upstream habitats;
  • Address sediment deposition, debris and ice jams;
  • Accommodate changes in precipitation, water flow, and Lake Ontario water levels resulting from climate change;
  • Enhance recreation opportunities and local aesthetics;
  • Provide natural habitat, pedestrian and bicycle trail linkages between Lake Ontario and the Don watershed; and,
  • Manage significant sources of contaminated soil within the Lower Don Lands.

Numerous other permits and approvals will be required under other statutes.

For more information on the DMNP EA please visit Other Recent Updates and here to view past EA activities.

Public Consultation

During the DMNP EA, six rounds of public consultation were held. Consultation activities were coordinated by the TRCA and included Technical Advisory Committee meetings, Community Liaison Committee meetings, public/stakeholder workshops and events, regular newsletters and website project updates and Aboriginal consultation. For more information on public and agency consultation please click here for past consultation activities.

Other Recent Updates

Video of Preliminary Design Delft3D Hydraulic Model Results for the Don Mouth

The Delft3D hydraulic model was used to determine the extent of flooding in the Port Lands that would occur under existing conditions if a Hurricane Hazel-like flood event were to occur in the Don Watershed. The model was selected for use as it best allowed for multi-dimensional flow as well as Significant sediment movement and scour. The following video depicts the 290 hectares of land that would be flooded from the Don River under this scenario. These lands would extend from Eastern Avenue out to Leslie Street, down to the Ship Channel and then east to the Inner Harbour. The length of the arrows in the video provides information on the relative flow velocities that would occur: &the longer the arrow, the higher the flow velocity. The flood protection components in the West Don Lands are also included removing flooding to the west.

This Delft 3D model was then used to depict the extent of flooding that would occur under the same Hurricane Hazel-like event, following implementation of Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project. The second video included below shows that approximately 250 hectares of land is no longer at risk due to flooding from the Don River as a result of the proposed works, with the majority of the remaining 40 hectares of flood vulnerable lands being located within the river valley system that is created by the implementation of the Project.

 

Final Submission: DMNP EA (March 2014)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), on behalf of and in cooperation with Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP). As required under section 6.2(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act and according to the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of the Environmenta on August 17, 2006, TRCA has submitted and received approval of its environmental assessment.

A copy of the DMNP EA can be downloaded by Chapter in PDF format below:

Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Archive

Comments and Responses to the DMNP EA (March 2014)

The initial seven week public review and comment period for the DMNP EA (March 2014) has now concluded. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), on behalf of and in cooperation with Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to participate in the development of the DMNP EA, and for reviewing and providing comments on the final report. A disposition table has been prepared outlining all the comments received and how we have addressed those comments. A link of that disposition table is available here.

The DMNP EA is now undergoing Phase 2 of the EA review process whereby the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is conducting a thorough review of the document in consideration of all comments received during the initial review period. At the conclusion of the Ministry’s review period, Phase 3 is anticipated to commence with the submission of a Notice of Completion. ;Copies of the Ministry’s review and recommendations will then be made available at a number of venues and on this TRCA website. Phase 4 is associated with the five week public review and comment period of the Ministry’s review and recommendations.

Notice of Final Submission: Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (March 2014)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), on behalf of and in cooperation with Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP). As required under section 6.2(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act and according to the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of the Environment on August 17, 2006, TRCA has submitted its environmental assessment to the Ministry of the Environment for review and approval. Click here to view the Notice of Final Submission.

This project will transform the existing mouth of the Don River (the “Don Mouth”), including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the Toronto Inner Harbour and Lake Ontario, and seeks to remove the risk of flooding on the lands.

As required under the Environmental Assessment Act, the EA is available for public review and comment from March 3, 2014 to April 21, 2014. The EA has been made available for download by Chapter in PDF format below.

Hard copies of the EA are also available for review on site during normal business hours at the following locations:

Ministry of Environment, Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Ave West, Floor 12A, Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
Tel. 416.314.8001
Ministry of Environment, Central Region Office
5775 Yonge Street, 8th Floor, North York, ON M2M 4J1
Tel. 416.326.6700
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
101 Exchange Ave., Vaughan, ON L4K 5R6
Tel. 416.661.6600
Waterfront Toronto
20 Bay Street, Suite 1310, Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
Tel. 416.214.-1344
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, (2nd Floor Reference Desk),
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Tel. 416.395.5577
City of Toronto Clerk’s Office
13th Floor, West Tower, City Hall 100 Queen Street West,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel. 416.392.8016

Anyone wishing to provide comments on the environmental assessment must submit their comments in writing and/or by fax to the Ministry of the Environment by April 21, 2014. All comments must be submitted to:

Ms. Solange Desautels
Supervisor – Project Review, Environmental Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment
2 St. Clair Avenue West Floor 12A, Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
Fax: 416.314.8452
E-mail: solange.desautels@ontario.ca
Click here to be directed to the MOE Project Website

A copy of all comments will be forwarded to the proponent. Additional information on this EA may also be obtained by contacting one of the following project team members:

Mr. Kenneth Dion, MSc
Special Projects Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Phone: 416.661.6600 x 5230
E-mail: kdion@trca.on.ca
Marc Rose, MES, MCIP, RPP
Consultant Project Manager
AECOM Canada Ltd
105 Commerce Valley Drive West, 7th Floor
Markham, ON L3T 7W3
Phone: 905.747.7793
E-mail: marc.rose@aecom.com

Comments and information regarding this EA are being received to assist TRCA, Waterfront Toronto, and the City of Toronto in meeting the requirements of the EA Act. This material will be maintained on file for use during the project and may be included in project documentation. Comments and information received will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Notice of Pre-Submission: Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (December 2013)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), on behalf of, and in cooperation with Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, would like to thank everyone for their involvement in the completion of the amendment to the Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP). An amendment was required in order to align the DMNP with the outcomes of the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative completed in 2012.

The DMNP is a critical component of plans to revitalize Toronto’s Port Lands. The approval of this EA will enable TRCA, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto to move forward with the implementation of flood protection to support the revitalization of the Port Lands and naturalization of the mouth of the Don River.

The DMNP is subject to the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act). Conducting an EA promotes good environmental planning before decisions are made about a proposal. It is anticipated that the final EA will be available for review in early 2014.

TRCA, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are releasing the draft EA report for stakeholder and agency review and comment in advance of the formal submission to the Ministry of the Environment. The review period for the draft EA will begin on December 16, 2013 and end on February 7, 2014. Please submit any comments in writing on or before the last day of this review period to the following:

Mr. Kenneth Dion, MSc
Special Projects Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Phone: 416.661.6600 x 5230
E-mail: kdion@trca.on.ca
Marc Rose, MES, MCIP, RPP
Consultant Project Manager
AECOM Canada Ltd
105 Commerce Valley Drive West, 7th Floor
Markham, ON L3T 7W3
Phone: 905.747.7793
E-mail: marc.rose@aecom.com

 

The DMNP EA and Appendices are available for download below:

Comments and information regarding this EA are being received to assist TRCA, Waterfront Toronto, and the City of Toronto in meeting the requirements of the EA Act. This material will be maintained on file for use during the project and may be included in project documentation. Comments and information received will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Don Mouth & Lower Don Lands Environmental Assessments – July 24, 2013 Public Meeting Materials

Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are amending and finalizing the Individual Environmental Assessments for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project and finalizing the 2010 Class Environmental Assessments for the Lower Don Lands Master Plan to reflect amendments that arose out of the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative 2012.

Comments and feedback will be accepted until Thursday, August 8, 2013. Please submit comments on the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project EA to amoxley@trca.on.ca. Comments on the Lower Don Lands Master Plan should be submitted to: info@waterfrontoronto.ca

Notice of Public Meeting: Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection and the Lower Don Lands Master Plan

Waterfront Toronto (WT), the City of Toronto, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are amending and finalizing the Individual EA for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP). Concurrently, the 2010 Class EA Lower Don Lands Master Plan (LDL MP) is being finalized to reflect the amendments that arose out of the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative 2012.

Your input into these important projects is critical. The Project Teams will be hosting a final public meeting for interested persons to participate in the EA planning process for both projects. We invite you to our public forum where you can learn more about updates to the projects, and share your thoughts on the refinements being considered. You will also be able to ask questions and speak directly with members of the project team, offer input and submit comments. Click here to download a copy of the notice published in the Toronto Star on July 13, 2013.

Public Meeting Details
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Open House 6:00pm/Presentations 7:00pm
EMS Training Centre (Toronto Fire Academy)
895 Eastern Avenue

For DMNP information contact: Alexis Moxley, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority at amoxley@trca.on.ca /416-661-6600 Ext. 5243.  For information on the Lower Don Lands Master Plan EA please contact info@waterfrontoronto.ca.

Amendments to the DMNP EA

The DMNP EA underwent an extensive review in 2012 as part of the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Acceleration Initiative (PLAI). This review concluded with the passing of City of Toronto Council Resolution #EX22.1 in October 2012.

As a result, TRCA, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are proceeding with amendments to the DMNP EA over the next several months to reflect the outcomes of the PLAI. For more information on the results of the PLAI, please visit the Port Lands Consultation website

Click here to download a copy of the February 2013 DMNP Newsletter, which provides a summary of the activities that have occurred since the DMNP EA was submitted to the Ministry of Environment in December 2010.

Port Lands Acceleration Initiative (PLAI)

At its September 21, 2011 meeting, Toronto City Council unanimously adopted a protocol for the review of development opportunities in the Port Lands. As a result of this Resolution, the Ministry of the Environment has paused the review and approvals for the DMNP EA pending a review by City of Toronto Council.

Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, TRCA, and other agencies are working to address the protocol adopted by Toronto City Council by developing an approach to completing the Port Lands Development and Implementation Plan.

Complete information regarding this initiative, including project documents and opportunities to participate, can be found on the Port Lands Consultation website.

(2005 – 2011)

Information and Material Available:

Amended Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (April 11, 2011)

The DMNP EA Report has been amended to address comments received from government agencies and stakeholders during the 30 day public review period, which ended February 11, 2011.

The amended EA has been made available for download by Chapter in PDF format below.

Hard copies of the amended EA are also available for review on site at the following locations during normal business hours:

Waterfront Toronto
20 Bay Street, Suite 1310
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
416.214.1344
Ministry of Environment
Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Ave West, Floor 12A
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
416.314.8001
Ministry of Environment
Central Region Office
5775 Yonge Street, 8th Floor
North York, ON M2M 4J1
416.326.6700
Urban Affairs Library
55 John Street, Metro Hall
Toronto, ON  M5V 3C6
416.397.7241
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
(2nd Floor Reference Desk)
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416.395.5577
City of Toronto Clerk’s Office
12th Floor, West Tower
City Hall 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel. 416.392.8016

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
101 Exchange Ave.
Vaughan, ON L4K 5R6
416.661.6600

For more information on this amended EA, please contact one of following project team members:

Mr. Kenneth Dion
Senior Project Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Phone: 416.661.6600 x5230
E-Mail: kdion@trca.on.ca
Mr. Marc Rose
Senior Environmental Planner
AECOM
300 Town Centre Boulevard, Suite 300
Markham, ON L3R 5Z6
Phone: 905.477.8400 x388
E-Mail: Marc.Rose@aecom.com

 

NOTICE OF SUBMISSION – Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (December 17, 2010)

TRCA and Waterfront Toronto would like to thank everyone for their support and involvement in the development of the Environmental Assessment for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project.

As required under section 6.2(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act and according to the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of the Environment on August 17, 2006, TRCA has submitted its environmental assessment to the Ministry of the Environment for review and approval.

This project will transform the existing mouth of the Don River (the “Don Mouth”), including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the Toronto Inner Harbour and Lake Ontario, while at the same time removing the risk of flooding to over 290 hectares of urban land to the east and south of the river.

The EA is available for public review and comment from December 17, 2010 to February 11, 2011. The EA has been made available for download by Chapter in PDF format below.

Hard copies of the EA are also available for review on site at the following locations during normal business hours:

Waterfront Toronto
20 Bay Street, Suite 1310
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
416.214.1344
Ministry of Environment
Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Ave West, Floor 12A
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
416.314.8001
Ministry of Environment
Central Region Office
5775 Yonge Street, 8th Floor
North York, ON M2M 4J1
416.326.6700
Urban Affairs Library
55 John Street, Metro Hall
Toronto, ON  M5V 3C6
416.397.7241
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
(2nd Floor Reference Desk)
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416.395.-5577
City of Toronto Clerk’s Office
12th Floor, West Tower
City Hall 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel. 416.392.8016

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
5 Shoreham Drive (Lobby)
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
416.661.6600

Please submit any concerns or comments in writing to Ms. Solange Desautels at the Ministry of the Environment no later than February 11, 2011. A copy of all comments will be forwarded to TRCA and Waterfront Toronto (the project proponents).

Ms. Solange Desautels
Senior Project Coordinator
Environmental Assessment & Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
E-Mail: Solange.Desautels@ontario.ca

Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

For more information on this EA, please contact one of following project team members:

Mr. Kenneth Dion
Senior Project Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Phone: 416.661.6600 x5230
E-Mail: kdion@trca.on.ca
Mr. Marc Rose
Senior Environmental Planner
AECOM
300 Town Centre Boulevard, Suite 300
Markham, ON L3R 5Z6
Phone: 905.477.8400 x388
E-Mail: Marc.Rose@aecom.com

Rise of the New Don PIC

Wednesday January 27, 2010

Thank you to all who joined us for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Public Presentation, Discussion and Drop-In on Wednesday January 27, 2010.

The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Provide an overview of Waterfront Toronto’s Lower Don Lands area to provide the context for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment (DMNP EA);
  • Provide an update on the DMNP EA;
  • Remind the public how this project started back in 1989, where we are now, and what more needs to be done to see the project proceed;
  • Identify the project benefits as it relates to the original Goal Statement developed during the Terms of Reference Stage;
  • Present the idealized Construction Phasing Strategy;
  • Summarize the potential effects that will occur during construction and their mitigation strategies;
  • Introduce the monitoring and adaptive management program; and
  • Identify “next steps”.

Please click the links below to see the summary notes for the meeting:

Rise of the New Don & Lower Don Lands Plan PIC

Saturday May 9, 2009

Thank you to all who joined us for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Public Presentation, Discussion and Drop-In on Saturday May 9, 2009.

The purpose of the meeting was to present and seek feedback on the preliminary concept design for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project.

Please click the link below to see the summary notes for the meeting:

Don Narrows Workshop

Saturday May 24, 2008

Thank you to all who joined us for Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Don Narrows Workshop on Saturday May 24, 2008.

The purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities for naturalization of the Don Narrows, as part of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection (DMNP) EA.

Please click the link below to see the summary notes for the evening.

Public Presentation, Discussion and Drop-In

Saturday March 29, 2008

Thank you to all who joined us for the “Rise of the New Don” Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Public Presentation, Discussion and Drop-In on Saturday March 29, 2008.

The purpose of the meeting was to share information and seek feedback on key aspects of the project, including background on the Lower Don Design Competition and the integration of the winning team’s design into the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project EA. A preliminary preferred alternative was presented for public comment and feedback.

At the meeting, participants were asked the following questions:

  1. Are you generally comfortable with the approach taken to refine the EA alternatives? Why or why not?
  2. Are you generally comfortable with the preliminary preferred alternative for the EA and how it was chosen? Why or why not?
  3. What do you see as the two or three key issues and/or opportunities that need to be addressed in the next steps of the EA?
  4. Do you have any other advice for the TRCA or Waterfront Toronto?

Feedback on these questions is welcome. Please submit your comments no later then Monday, April 14th by email, fax or mail to:

Michelle Vanderwel
Toronto and Region Conservation
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, Ontario M3N 1S4
416.661.6600 ext. 5280
mvanderwel@trca.on.ca

Please click the link below to see the summary notes for the evening

Please click one of the links below to see the presentations made at the meeting:

Also, the display boards and display slide shows presented at the meeting are available for download. Please click on any of the links below

 Public Forum #3 and Open House

Tuesday December 5, 2006

Thank you to all who joined us for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Public Forum and Open House on Tuesday December 5, 2006.
The purpose of the meeting was to share information and seek feedback on key aspects of the project, including:

  • The long list of alternatives considered for redesigning the Don Mouth, and the 14 alternatives that passed the first technical screening;
  • The criteria that will be used to reduce the list of 14 alternatives to a list of approximately 5 for more detailed study; and
  • The progress being made on adjacent and related projects, including the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project, the Don River Railway Bridge Extension and Bala Underpass, the Don River Park, and an international design competition that is being planned by the TWRC for Toronto’s Lower Don Lands.

Click here to download the summary notes from the event.

Port Lands Boat Cruise and Site Walk at the Mouth of the Don River

October 14, 2006

Thank you to all who joined us at the mouth of the Don River on Saturday, October 14, 2006 for the interpretive site walk and boat cruise aboard the Island Princess. The primary purpose of the event was to generate public excitement by kicking-off the consultation component of the Environmental Assessment for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project with a hands-on, on the ground (and on the water) information tour within the project study area, in order to show first-hand the range of possibilities and challenges associated with the project. The event participants were also presented with information regarding the industrial and natural heritage of the area, and shown the range of adjacent projects that are currently underway or will be undertaken in the near future.

Click here to download the summary notes from the event.

Public Forum #2

January 10, 2006

A second public forum organized by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), on behalf of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC), was held on January 10, 2006 to present the key elements of the draft Terms of Reference that will guide implementation of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Environmental Assessment. Public feedback and advice related to the Terms of Reference has been received throughout 2005, and the January 10th meeting gave the public an opportunity to see how their perspectives are being considered and incorporated.

Summary notes for the meeting including appendices and presentation slides are available for download:

Community Working Session #3

September 7, 2005

The third community Working Session for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project took place on September 7, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of why and how evaluation methods are used in an Environmental Assessment, to seek feedback on the proposed approaches for conducting evaluations and consulting with the public, and to obtain suggestions from the public regarding what additional information should be considered. Presentation slides are available below for download and summary notes for the meeting will be posted shortly. Additionally, please feel free to download the Community Working Session #3 Workbook to review and comment on the proposed approach.

Summary notes for the meeting including appendices and presentation slides are available for download:

Community Working Session #2

August 23, 2005

The second community Working Session for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project took place on August 23, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to present the “Alternatives To” which have been identified, the framework for the identification of “Alternative Methods” and to obtain suggestions from the public regarding what additional information should be considered.

Summary notes for the meeting are available below for download.

Site Walk of the Mouth of the Don

July 26, 2005

The evening following Public Working Session #1, participants took part in an organized site walk around the mouth of the Don River. Experts were situated at eight stations along the walk. Discussion topics at each of the stops included fish and aquatic habitat; flora and fauna; flood protection; recreation; soil remediation at 480 Lakeshore Boulevard; infrastructure and other active planning studies; Commissioners Park; and river management issues.

Summary notes for the site walk including appendices and presentation materials are available below for download.

Community Working Session #1

July 25, 2005

The first community Working Session for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project took place on July 25, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a better understanding of the EA process; present information on the issues and studies the study team will be investigating and undertaking; to learn from the public what additional information should be considered and where this information could be obtained; and to seek feedback on those characteristics of the study area that are viewed as strengths and weaknesses.

Summary notes for the meeting are available for download.

Public Forum #1

June 23, 2005

The first public meeting for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project took place on June 23, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the project team and proposed workplan to the public, and seek feedback on key elements of the proposed approach.

Summary notes for the meeting including appendices and presentation slides are available for download.

Terms of Reference

Naturalizing the mouth of the Don River and providing flood protection to the Port Lands were identified as one of the top priorities for all three levels of government when they first announced the establishment of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation in 2001. On August 17, 2006, planning for this work moved a significant step forward when Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), the project lead, received approval for the Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference from the Ontario Ministry of Environment.

“The Terms of Reference set the parameters for the environmental work that is going to be done at the mouth of the Don River,” said Adele Freeman, watershed director with TRCA. “Renaturalizing the river mouth is a complex endeavour, particularly since the Don is located in an area with a rich cultural heritage and is densely occupied by the roads, bridges, buildings, boats, trails and other infrastructure that is essential to making the city work.”

A naturalized Don Mouth will enhance water and land habitat for natural species and create the potential to re-establish wetlands in the area that were lost 100 years ago. The project will also create flood barriers for the Port Lands area which has been identified as one of the greatest flood risks in downtown Toronto.

“Numerous groups have been working for years to restore the river mouth because the area has such great significance to the waterfront’s revitalization. Located where three new important pieces of the city will come together – the East Bayfront, Port Lands, and West Don Lands communities, this project has the potential to create one of the jewels of Toronto’s waterfront,” said Freeman.

The Terms of Reference establish the scope and nature of the Environmental Assessment to be undertaken for the project. While TRCA’s technical work will continue, several public forums will be held throughout the process to seek feedback and advice from stakeholders.

The revised Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project in response to the formal review may be downloaded below. Please note that this is the final version, as approved August 17, 2006 by MOE. You may also download the supporting document to the ToR, the Stakeholder Consultation Report.

Parallel Planning Processes

The DMNP EA and the LDL Master Plan Class EA processes are significant City-building initiatives that are progressing from the EA stage to the detailed design and construction stage.  However, many other City-building initiatives are underway within the surrounding Port Lands area, that requires consideration and integration with the DMNP and LDLs.  TRCA, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are continuing to ensure strong lines of communication with these other undertakings.

These undertakings include but are not necessarily limited to the following: