Since early November 2016, NECA’s Task Force has been working hard to learn more about the forthcoming Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project and what the community can do to prevent being used as the main extraction site, or to mitigate the impacts of such construction. (Visit the Task Force on Facebook).
This page features information on the CSST for New Edinburgh residents, to help better understand the scope and scale of the project, what we know about it, and to get the community thinking about what we can do to help mitigate the project’s impact on our neighbourhood.
In February 2017, a Community Construction Monitoring Committee was created to liaise between the CSST team and New Edinburgh residents.
Latest CSST-related news
- Feb. 27, 2017: NECA releases statement on Feb. 22 CSST East-West Tunnel Trucking Options Consultation.
Recent events and actions
- Feb. 22, 2017 The City of Ottawa held an Open House on CSST Trucking Routes. Stantec’s “Technical Memorandum: Review Alternative Trucking Routes for Site 5 / Stanley Park” was presented. Read it here.
- Feb. 6, 2017 The Task Force held a “Call to Action” at City Hall to show the Mayor we mean business and to support the community delegation’s meeting with the Mayor. The delegation included Tim Plumptre, Joe Chouinard, Sean Flynn, Sonny Dhanani, Pamela Howson and Marta Klepaczek. Read the press release here. The delegation’s report on the meeting is available here.
- Feb. 4, 2017 The New Edinburgh Task Force hosted an open meeting to discuss and share information on CSST developments and plans. Read the pre-meeting letter to the mayor and view a Site 5 construction sequencing document here.
- Jan. 30, 2017 See the latest correspondence between the Task Force and City officials here.
- Jan. 25, 2017 The Task Force held a demonstration at City Hall calling for the CSST main extraction site to be moved to LeBreton Flats. Details here. Residents presented the mayor with a petition (at the time featuring over 600 signatures) concerning CSST main staging site. You can sign the petition online.
- Jan. 16, 2017 The City of Ottawa held a meeting for New Edinburgh residents who will be most affected by construction at Site 5c (Queen Victoria Ave and River Lane) and residents/property owners in close proximity to this site who will be most affected by the construction.
- Jan. 6, 2017 The Task Force’s Heritage Working Group submitted a report.
- Jan. 3, 2017 The Task Force’s Health, Safety and Environment team put together a report .
How did we get here?
- Oct. 27, 2016, the City of Ottawa held an info session for New Edinburgh residents on the forthcoming CSST project and how it will affect the community. Residents felt they were not consulted on this project and have serious concerns about the traffic and environmental impact it will have over a 30-month period on Stanley (New Edinburgh) Park as well as the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
- Nov. 2, 2016 a group of residents met with City of Ottawa officials to gain a better understanding of the project. The final report from that meeting is available here.
- Nov. 10, 2016 NECA’s board of directors held an emergency meeting to discuss the community’s response to the CSST project. The meeting minutes are available here.
- Nov. 16, 2016 City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum hosted a second information session for New Edinburgh residents with the CSST project team.
- Dec. 24, 2016 The Task Force sent a letter to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. Learn more about how you can tell the mayor of the CSST in New Edinburgh here! The Task Force has also sent letters to MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers and then-Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.
- Documents indicate that the City’s own consultants say it is feasible/doable to move the extraction site elsewhere. The next step is to follow-up with the Mayor and City Council expressing your own individual concerns/messages to the politicians.
A message from the Task Force
- It is feasible to move the primary mucking site from the park. It won’t stop the rape of the park, but it will help to reduce the impacts of this massive project on our community. It will take some additional incremental funding from each of the three levels of government. But, more importantly, it will require the political will by our elected officials to make it happen, as the City’s bureaucrats are still recommending that the primary site remain in the
- The Task Force is also concerned about the lack of community consultation on the CSST issue. Read their full message here.
- Noise analysis based on Leq, by Hugh Williamson Assoc., March 2017
- Explotech Noise Control Plan for CSST Site 5, February 2017
- Stantec’s revised general soil management plan, December 2016
- Stantec’s Environmental Site Assessment Report for CSST, June 2015
- City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum: “CSST: How We Got Here”
- Nussbaum’s January 2017 update on CSST
- City of Ottawa Key Plan for CSST Environmental Assessment Addendum
- Stantec’s Environmental Effects Evaluation for City of Ottawa’s CSST, March 2015
- Whole Appendices to the Stantec March 2015 Report
- City of Ottawa CSST Map (on display at Oct 27 info session)
CSST in the news
- Feb. 11 op-ed by Emilie Taman, Ottawa Sun: “Secrecy around Ottawa’s sewage tunnel stinks”
- Feb. 6 2017 Ricarda McFalls and Richard Palmer on the Carol Anne Meehan Show
- February 2017 edition of the New Edinburgh News
- Ottawa Citizen coverage of Jan. 25 demonstration at City Hall
- CBC Ottawa coverage of Jan. 25 demonstration at City Hall
- Ottawa East News Jan. 19 story: “New Edinburgh says sewer project stinks”
- December 2016 edition of the New Edinburgh News
- CBC News, Oct. 11, 2016: “Ottawa politicians to break ground today on $232M sewage tunnel project”
- Daily Commercial News, Nov. 2, 2016: “Ottawa’s new sewage storage tunnel key to river action plan”