The wetlands will act as a natural filtration system for storm water. A nearby municipal drain will be re-routed to the newly established wetland ecosystem to provide a sustainable water source. The wetland will improve stormwater quality by reducing phosphorous and nitrogen.
To better facilitate the transition and establish the desired ecosystem, ponds will be installed at lower elevations to provide aquatic breeding grounds, and indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses will be planted. Once complete, a look-out point will be constructed to invite the public to observe and appreciate the diverse and endemic species.
Before converting the retired lagoons into a wetland, biosolids had to be removed. RVA was retained to design and oversee this process. Biosolids removed from the lagoons were utilized in land application for agricultural purposes.
This transformation from treatment lagoons to a wetland habitat is the first of its kind in Ontario.