Comment 119194

By bikehounds (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2016 at 21:50:50 in reply to Comment 119192

I don't think it's a good idea to downplay this problem or try to blame lower vs upper hamilton.

Areas outside of lower Hamilton are not immune to this. Take a look at the PFOS problem - the water has to go somewhere. Ultimately, any run off that ends up in one of the mountain creeks that collectively create our "city of waterfalls" will make its way either to the woodward treatment plant or to the bay/lake.

Meadowlands may have an adequate stormwater management system (I don't know for sure but I can believe it because it's a newer development), but what does the system look like at limeridge mall, upper james canadian tire, or the thousands of other malls, plazas, parking lots and warehouses whether up the escarpment or down?

Rebuilding the entire sewage system is obviously not realistic within the current budget. Prevention should be encouraged, and proper stormwater charges are a means to that end. Small changes on the part of thousands of property owners will go a lot further than trying to manage it at the end of the funnel.

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