Clean-up of Hamilton’s Chedoke Creek to resume this week, First Nations negotiations begin

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Published September 20, 2022 at 2:52 pm

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With the deadline for the City of Hamilton to remediate Chedoke Creek looming, the city has been granted a one-year extension.

The City of Hamilton announced Tuesday that the clean-up of Chedoke Creek will resume in the coming days, with the targeted dredging to conclude by the end of the year.

Construction mobilization, including the construction of the Dredge Material Management Area and other ancillary works, began in late July before it was paused.

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Last week, city council approved the motion to begin negotiations with First Nations stakeholders who have been part of the consultation efforts concerning environmental monitoring agreements during the dredging process.

The city says it has consulted with First Nations communities on the project, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat Nation, and two organizations representing the Haudenosaunee people.

Consultation with the Haudenosaunee included the Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council through their land and resource department and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council through their representative agency, the Haudenosaunee Development Institute.

The city also claims to have taken all necessary steps to ensure wildlife and species at risk located within Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise are protected throughout the remediation process. The dredging plan has received input from the MECP, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Ministry of Transportation, Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Royal Botanical Gardens.

Over the coming weeks, residents may notice an increased level of truck traffic along Macklin St. North and temporary construction sites at the base of Longwood Rd. South near the Desjardin Trail and Macklin St. North across from Kay Drage Park.

In-water work is expected to occur seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says “excess noise, dust, or smells are not expected as part of this work.”

Kay Drage Park will remain closed for public access during construction activities, and the Access Trail behind Nicholas Mancini Centre will remain closed for the remainder of the dredging.

Residents with questions or concerns can contact the city at 905-546-CITY (2489) and state that the call is related to the Chedoke Creek remediation project.

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