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Stormwater Management Maintenance

The City of Peterborough is currently doing maintenance and rehabilitation work on several stormwater management ponds as required by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks as conditions of approval for each facility.

The work generally includes the removal of accumulated sediment – material that has settled to the bottom of the ponds. It involves various environmental controls, dewatering sections of the ponds, excavating, drying and disposing of sediment, and restoring the sites to their original condition.

The affected stormwater management facilities  include:
Wentworth (forebay)
Loggerhead 1 (forebay)
Foxmeadow (forebay and main cell)

Ground Force Environmental, the company the City has hired to do the work, began the work in August and is expected to substantially complete the project before November 2018. The contractor is responsible for obtaining the necessary permits and approvals. Qualified personnel will handle fish and other wildlife that may be present in and around the stormwater management facilities.

Trail access in and around the facilities may be temporarily closed during the work.

A stormwater management pond is an engineered structure intended to collect rainfall and surface runoff, also called stormwater. Stormwater enters catch basins and storm sewers, then drains to a stormwater management pond, where it’s temporarily stored and slowly released to prevent downstream flooding. Temporarily holding the water also allows sediment, mostly sand and gravel, as well as other pollution to settle to the bottom of the pond, which improves the quality of the water that’s released back into the natural environment. Major maintenance is required every few years to remove accumulated sediment and to make other repairs to a stormwater management pond.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ian Boland, Stormwater Systems Coordinator, at 705-742-777 ext. 1504 or by email at