Village of Westport
Schedule C – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process
Public Information Session
The Village of Westport is undertaking a Schedule “C” Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation/expansion of the Village of Westport’s wastewater system. This study aims to identify a preferred alternative(s) to meet future community needs for wastewater servicing. Greer Galloway (the Village’s engineering firm), is supported by a technical steering committee composed of local residents, stakeholders and subject matter experts.
The environmental assessment process is a structured process with many milestones. At Committee of the Whole on November 7, the engineer presented a report outlining the research undertaken by Greer Galloway and the steering committee, to date. The most recent work has narrowed down viable alternatives, as well as associated high-level costing.
There were several options considered by the steering committee, however; only 4 were short-listed as viable. Included in that list, were 2 options for surface water discharge of processed effluent. Technology has been tested and proven to be highly effective since Westport conducted its previous EA in 2016.
Mayor Jones was quoted to say, “This is early in the process, but if the alternative eventually accepted includes surface water discharge as the preferred option, Council will require that the science be explicit, experience from other organizations using similar methodology be strong, and support from the Ministry of the Environment is received.”
Although this is very early in the process, there was robust discussion by the Committee of the Whole. No decision was required at this meeting as it was a briefing ahead of a scheduled public meeting.
The Public Information Session to learn more about the EA steps and short-listed options, will be held on November 29, 2023, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Fire Hall located at 31 Spring Street, Westport.
Mayor Robin Jones 613-273-2191
CAO Kimberly Westgate 613-273-2191
The Corporation of the Village of Westport 30 Bedford Street P.O. Box 68 Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0 613-273-2191 www.villageofwestport.ca