Niagara Falls pockets $50,000 to assess stormwater management ponds


Published May 12, 2023 at 1:50 pm

The City of Niagara Falls was on the receiving end of a $50,000 cheque from the federal government but its use, while necessary, is hardly glamourous.

The money is going towards a condition assessment at 22 of the City’s stormwater management ponds so staff can use the results to build a multi-year operating and capital budget forecast.

The planned work and schedule will allow the City to inform the budget committee, who can then forecast and provide the City with a solid baseline to develop its asset plan for its stormwater management assets.

The funding announcement was made yesterday (May 11) in Norfolk County by Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jennifer O’Connell and Scott Pearce, Acting President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

In total, more than $800,000 was shelled out to 18 Ontario communities so they could put in place innovative asset management strategies, meaning Niagara Falls was on the higher end of the allotted monies.

“The funding announced today will help strengthen asset management practices in 18 communities across Ontario. These investments will help these municipalities to plan their infrastructure needs based on strengthened and reliable data, and will help communities manage the infrastructure that residents rely on every day, creating strong communities today and for generations to come,” said O’Connell, who was stepping in for MP Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

Added Pearce, “From roads and bridges to buildings and wastewater systems, local governments own approximately 60 per cent of the public infrastructure that supports our economy and our quality of life. That’s why it is so crucial to support them in building and maintaining strong asset management through initiatives like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program.”

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