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Saint John Harbour Clean-Up Reaches Final Milestone

31-Oct-2014

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The Honourable Ed Doherty, Minister of Government Services, Province of
New Brunswick,  Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John and
Saint John Mayor Mel Norton mark the milestone.

Representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments marked the final milestone of Saint John’s Harbour Clean-Up project – a harbour 100 percent free of raw untreated sewage.

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and the Honourable Ed Doherty, Minister of Government Services, Province of New Brunswick; joined Saint John Mayor Mel Norton to mark the milestone.

The Harbour Clean-Up Project comprises a series of projects to redirect sanitary sewer pipes that emptied into the Saint John Harbour to wastewater treatment facilities. The goal of the project was to collect, divert and treat the sewage that was discharged into the harbour.

The project encompasses the completion of the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility and a collection and pumping system, including new 24 lift stations and 24.3 km of pipe designed to move all collected municipal wastewater to one of three treatment plants.

In 2007, Infrastructure Canada approved in principle an agreement with the City of Saint John under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) to upgrade the City’s Wastewater Treatment System. The Government of Canada contributed $31. 8 million to this project; including $26.6 million under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, and $5.2 million under the federal Gas Tax Fund. The Province of New Brunswick invested $28,377,167. The City of Saint John invested $39,222,833 in this initiative.

Quick Facts:

•    The City of Saint John had one of the oldest municipal sewage systems in North America dating back to the 1880s. In 1993, when the City developed its waste water treatment strategy, only 40 percent of the system users were serviced with wastewater treatment. This meant 60 percent of the wastewater discharging into the Harbour went untreated via raw sewage outfalls (23,000 m3/day).
•    Mill Street Lift Station, the last piece of infrastructure needed to complete the project, was commissioned in October 2014.
•    Saint John’s primary wastewater treatment system now comprises three treatment facilities and 68 lift stations. All three treatment plants provide secondary level treatment and are exceeding demanding Canadian standards (CBOD5: 3.9 mg/l average, SS: 7.5 mg/l average).
•    The project included Installation of 11,263 meters of New Gravity Sanitary Sewer and installation of 13,068 meters of New Sanitary Sewer Forcemain.

Quotes:

“The completion of the infrastructure required for the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up highlights our Government’s commitment to improving community infrastructure, protecting the environment and enhancing the quality of life throughout Saint John and the surrounding area.  Sound and effective infrastructure projects like this one, support economic development while also providing communities with a vital foundation on which to build a high quality of life for our citizens.” 

-    Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“Today’s milestone event represents the culmination of the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up project which I was proud to be a part of when it started back in 2006. This project will result in long-term environmental benefits for Saint John, improve water quality within the harbour and the surrounding creeks and rivers, and have a positive economic development impact on the New Brunswick’s economy.”

-    Hon. Dr. Ed Doherty, Minister of Government Services and MLA for Saint John Harbour

We now have a treatment system that meets and exceeds national guidelines. With the support of both the federal and provincial governments, the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up Program shows that we have the collective environmental leadership required to protect our harbour, the gateway to the Bay of Fundy.”

-    Mayor Mel Norton, City of Saint John 

Associated Links:
•    www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca
•    www.actionplan.gc.ca
•    www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html
•    http://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/sjwater/wastewater/harbourcleanup.aspx
•    http://www.saintjohn.ca/site/media/SaintJohn/2011-11-01%20mc%20256%20Saint%20John%20Harbour%20Clean%20Up.pdf