Rennies River Flood Mitigation

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The consultation has concluded and a What We Heard document is available here.

The Rennies River Catchment Stormwater Management Plan (RRCSMP) was completed in 2014. On May 26, 2014, Council Directive CD# R2014-05-26/5 recommended implementation of the recommendations below to address flooding in the area.

While the report recommended that the weir at Long Pond be given priority and the two problem areas located downstream of Long Pond be given second priority, the City has been working through the provincial environmental approval process for the Long Pond Weir Project since that time and the process is still ongoing. The most recent progress has been the issuance of a revised Environmental Preview Report Guideline (June 2020) by the Province that will require revisions and updating to the Environmental Preview Report (EPR). Based on these new EPR guidelines, a revised EPR will be required to continue the environmental review and approval process for the Long Pond Weir Project.

In 2018, the City received funding for Phase 2A under the New Building Canada Fund. The scope of work was presented to Council at Committee of the Whole on December 19, 2018. One of the concerns raised during that meeting was the potential effect of proceeding with Phase 2A flood mitigation works prior to the completion of the Long Pond Weir Project. An engineering firm was subsequently hired to undertake additional stormwater modelling to review the impact of the downstream phasing sequence in the absence of the Long Pond Weir being competed. The outcome of that was to complete various modelling scenarios where it was determined that a two-phased approach could be undertaken for the flood mitigation measures in the area downstream of Long Pond based on the timing of construction for the Long Pond Weir.

Feedback gathered through this project will be included in the City's submission to the Government of NL.

The consultation has concluded and a What We Heard document is available here.

The Rennies River Catchment Stormwater Management Plan (RRCSMP) was completed in 2014. On May 26, 2014, Council Directive CD# R2014-05-26/5 recommended implementation of the recommendations below to address flooding in the area.

While the report recommended that the weir at Long Pond be given priority and the two problem areas located downstream of Long Pond be given second priority, the City has been working through the provincial environmental approval process for the Long Pond Weir Project since that time and the process is still ongoing. The most recent progress has been the issuance of a revised Environmental Preview Report Guideline (June 2020) by the Province that will require revisions and updating to the Environmental Preview Report (EPR). Based on these new EPR guidelines, a revised EPR will be required to continue the environmental review and approval process for the Long Pond Weir Project.

In 2018, the City received funding for Phase 2A under the New Building Canada Fund. The scope of work was presented to Council at Committee of the Whole on December 19, 2018. One of the concerns raised during that meeting was the potential effect of proceeding with Phase 2A flood mitigation works prior to the completion of the Long Pond Weir Project. An engineering firm was subsequently hired to undertake additional stormwater modelling to review the impact of the downstream phasing sequence in the absence of the Long Pond Weir being competed. The outcome of that was to complete various modelling scenarios where it was determined that a two-phased approach could be undertaken for the flood mitigation measures in the area downstream of Long Pond based on the timing of construction for the Long Pond Weir.

Feedback gathered through this project will be included in the City's submission to the Government of NL.

  • Province releases details on environmental assessment including consultation

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    03 Feb 2021

    The Government of NL has released details of their public consultation process as part of the environmental assessment for the project as outlined here https://www.gov.nl.ca/eccm/projects/project-2115/. Deadline to submit feedback to the province is March 10, 2021. The minister's decision is due March 19, 2021.

  • Decision to register component of project with Province's Environmental Review Process

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    16 Dec 2020

    At the Dec. 14 regular meeting of Council, the What we Heard document was tabled and discussed. Council approved a motion to refer the portion of work on Winter Avenue to the Province for Environmental assessment which will include public engagement as part of that process. Once the project is registered, this page will be updated.

  • What We Heard Document Released

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    11 Dec 2020

    What We Heard (WWH) during public engagement for a proposed flood mitigation construction project along parts of Rennies River is now available here.

    The public engagement process saw 444 unique visitors to the project page at engagestjohns.ca. Over 40 people attended the virtual engagement session,13 people posted questions on the engage page, and two email submissions were received.

    Questions were raised during the engagement process, including comments about:

    • Environmental assessment, process, and timeline for the Long Pond Weir
    • Water table, surface water and ground water
    • Impact to public and private properties
    • The health and beauty of the river
    • The use and look of the proposed berms
    • Impact of this project and the shared-use-path proposed for the area
    • Upstream impacts created by the new hospital construction

    The next step in the process is to submit environmental registration documentation to the provincial government for approval. Once approved, design is planned to take place during winter 2021, with construction to follow in spring/summer 2021.