Haldimand County is undertaking a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to determine the preferred wastewater treatment alternative to increase wastewater treatment capacity for Caledonia.
In December 2020, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited completed the Draft Caledonia Wastewater Master Servicing Plan (MSP) Update, updating the wastewater servicing components of the 2006 Caledonia MSP. The Draft MSP Update reflected updated land use and growth forecasts in the study area. As part of the MSP Update, near-term and future wastewater treatment needs were identified, and wastewater treatment alternatives were evaluated to address projected treatment capacity constraints.
As part of this MCEA process, the evaluation of treatment servicing alternatives from the Draft MSP Update is being revisited to confirm the preferred wastewater treatment alternative, including adding a new alternative to pump wastewater flows from Caledonia to neighbouring wastewater treatment plants for treatment (e.g., proposed Lake Erie Industrial Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in Nanticoke). The goal of the updated evaluation is to re-evaluate treatment alternatives based on updated growth projections in Caledonia and evaluate the new alternative under the MCEA process. After selecting the preferred treatment alternative, the Study will proceed to Phases 3 and 4 to develop and evaluate design concepts. The Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be placed on public record.
Haldimand County is conducting this Study according to the requirements of Phases 1 to 4 of the MCEA, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.