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Notice of Study Commencement - Blyth Ground Water Supply System

Friday May 24th, 2013

Downloadable version of Comment Form available here 

Blyth Ground Water Supply System
Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment (EA)

The Township of North Huron (the “Township”) has concerns with the Blyth Ground Water Supply System.  In addition to aging infrastructure (wells, storage and pumping/treatment facilities), the Township also has concerns with insignificant fire flow contribution, well redundancy and structural integrity of buildings.  The Township wishes to evaluate alternative options to upgrading the water supply system including the replacement and relocation of the water wells.

Azimuth Environmental Consulting (Azimuth) has been retained by the Township to undertake an Class EA in accordance with the requirements of a Schedule “B” undertaking as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (2000, as amended in 2007 & 2011).  The study area is proposed to be confined to a 500-700 m radius of the Village of Blyth (see included map). 

The Class Environmental Assessment planning process includes public and review agency consultation, evaluation of alternatives, assessment of the effect of the proposed works and identification of measures to mitigate any adverse impacts. The key component of the study will be consultation with interested stakeholders.  The Township and Azimuth will be contacting surrounding property owners, government agencies, and First Nations communities in the area to identify and discuss their concerns regarding the proposed undertaking. 

The first public open house will take place on June 12, 2013 at the Blyth Community Arena Hall located at 377 Gypsy Lane, Blyth, Ontario between 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The open house format will be an informal question and answer period.

Public input is invited for incorporation into the planning and design of the project through the duration of the project.  Upon completion of the study, project files will be prepared for public review and comment for a period of 30 days.  Subject to comments received, the Township intends to proceed with the planning, design, and construction of this project.  To learn more about the   proposed undertaking and the associated approval process or discuss your concerns please contact the project staff identified below or leave a comment on website at     http://www.northhuron.ca/water.php?area=COMNT

 Don Nicholson, Chief Utilities Operator 
Township of North Huron 
P.O. Box 90, 274 Josephine St. 
Wingham, ON N0G 2W0 
(519) 357-9942 
Jackie Coughlin, Environmental Engineer
Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc.
85 Bayfield St., Unit 400
Barrie, ON L4M 3A7
(705) 721-8451 ext. 215