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Environmental Group exposes Ottawa's "Watergate"

Piece-meal approvals are alleged to put existing residences in jeopardy

The South March Highlands - Carp River Conservation group has published a lengthy post detailing the apparent irregularities related to planned development around Kizell Drain and Beaver Pond.

Phase I of an Environmental Assessment -- started three years late -- shows that existing homes in the area are at risk of flooding.

Please go to http://renaud.ca/wordpress/?p=1053

Associated slides (5.74 MB) are available at http://www.renaud.ca/public/Water_Related/2012-01-07%20Updated%20Watergate.pdf

A January 10, 2012 Citizen article : "Drainage issues may plague South March Highlands project /

Wetlands able to hold much less water than thought, report finds" (You need an OPL card number to access this)

E.D.

11 January 2012

 

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From: Paul Renaud
Sent: January-14, 2012 10:39 AM
To: Wilkinson, Marianne; 'Hume, Peter E'; 'Harder, Jan'; 'Stephen Blais'; 'Chiarelli, Rick'; 'Hobbs, Katherine'; 'Monette, Bob'; 'Taylor, Mark'; 'Qadri, Shad'; 'Hubley, Allan'; 'El-Chantiry, Eli'
Cc: David Reevely; Conway, Darlene; 'Watson, Jim (Mayor)'; Charles Goulet; [and others]
Subject: Request for Public Disclosure of Further Analysis of Flood Risk

Marianne and members of the Planning Committee,

According to the Ottawa Citizen, on Jan 13, 2012, the City of Ottawa issued the following public statement to the media:

As indicated in the Phase 1 Aecom Study the City commissioned, the City shares the community’s concerns with regard to the further utilization of Kizell and Beaver Ponds from both a capacity and environmental impact perspective as a stormwater management outlet for future phases of the KNL subdivision.  There will be no further development on the KNL lands until a satisfactory stormwater management solution for the remaining phases of the draft approved subdivision is found.

Additional stormwater management ponds are a potential solution but further study of the area is required before that determination can be made. KNL does not dispute the need for a stormwater solution and have concurred with the findings of the Phase 1 Aecom report.

The City has conducted additional analysis of the existing water levels in Beaver and Kizell Ponds and confirmed that though they exceed peak flow and original design targets there is no risk of flooding to the existing community. As mentioned above, no further development flows  will be permitted to drain to these areas pending the additional study required and the determination of an overall stormwater management solution. The next phase of the Study will commence this month.” (emphasis added)

According to the definitions section of the Ontario Professional Engineers Act:

practice of professional engineering” means "any act of planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising that requires the application of engineering principles and concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment, or the managing of any such act;” (emphasis added)

To be compliant with the Ontario Professional Engineers Act, the “additional analysis” referred to above must have been performed by, or signed off by, a professional engineer.  To do otherwise would be a violation of the Ontario Professional Engineers Act, Section 12:

12.  (1)  No person shall engage in the practice of professional engineering or hold himself, herself or itself out as engaging in the practice of professional engineering unless the person is the holder of a licence, a temporary licence, a provisional licence or a limited licence.

(2)  No person shall offer to the public or engage in the business of providing to the public services that are within the practice of professional engineering except under and in accordance with a certificate of authorization.

(3)  Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to prevent a person,

(b) from doing an act that is within the practice of professional engineering where a professional engineer assumes responsibility for the services within the practice of professional engineering to which the act is related;” (emphasis added)

In the interest of public safety, will you please release to the public the “additional analysis” that was performed as well as disclose the Professional Engineer that signed off on it?

Given that it is widely understood that the removal of vegetation (including trees and stumps) increases runoff which might aggravate flood risk, can you also reassure the public that the restriction on further development also includes a ban on further site alteration by KNL (who according to your statement agrees with the importance of finding an adequate stormwater management solution)?

With Fortitude,

Paul Renaud