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THE RED HILL VALLEY PROJECT STORMWATER MANAGEMENT DESIGN

The Red Hill Valley Project – Stormwater Management Design – Abstract The City of Hamilton is recommencing the construction of one of the most controversial road projects in Ontario's history. The Red Hill Creek Expressway has been in various stages of planning, design and construction since the 1950's. Over 60% of this 20 km ring road is built and operating with the remaining 8 kms now underway after 10 years of political, fiscal, legal and aboriginal challenges. Among the many environmental improvements that have been made to the project in the last 6 years, is the stormwater management approach. Starting with the development of a Watershed Plan for Red Hill Creek, the project team used this important initiative to develop an integrated solution that addresses the challenges of a degraded creek system, flood protection for the QEW/Expressway, water quality concerns of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, and respect for prominent ecological, cultural and recreational features found in the Valley. The end result is a carefully designed and integrated stormwater management system that achieves the following objectives: • treatment of runoff from all new pavement • treatment of runoff from existing contaminant sources • flood protection of the QEW and proposed Expressway • balance of flow and sediment regimes for realigned watercourse • enhancement of remnant creek zones

Author

Scheckenberger, R.B
Murray, C

Session title

INNOVATIONS IN MANAGING ROADWAY RUNOFF TO PROTECT SURFACE WATER AND GROUNDWATER

Organizers

Environment Council

Year

2004

Format

Paper

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