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This consultation was open from:
May 26, 2022
to June 25, 2022
We are seeking input on a proposal for a permit to be issued to the Regional Municipality of Durham to install a sanitary sewer pipeline. This activity may adversely impact Redside Dace, a species at risk fish. The proposal considers proposed actions to minimize adverse effects as well as proposed actions to benefit the species.
Site location details
Urfe Creek crossing at Taunton Road, Pickering, Ontario
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The Regional Municipality of Durham
605 Rossland Road East, Level 5
Why consultation isn't required
We are not required to consult on this permit proposal as it relates to an animal and therefore does not meet the required criteria set out in subsection 1.3(6) of Ontario Regulation 681/94 of the Environmental Bill of Rights,1993. We are voluntarily posting this notice to advise the public of this proposal and to invite the public to submit written comments to the contact person identified in this notice.
The Regional Municipality of Durham has submitted an application for an overall benefit permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) for impacts to Redside Dace so they can install sanitary sewer pipeline crossing Urfe Creek at Taunton Road, City of Pickering, Ontario
The proposal may adversely impact:
- Redside Dace individuals
- approximately 2629 m2 of Redside Dace habitat
Protecting species under the Endangered Species Act
The Ontario government is committed to protecting species at risk and providing strong environmental oversight, while working to support development opportunities in the province.
Ontario provides protections for species at risk and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). Sections 9 and 10 of the ESA provide protection for individual members of a species and their habitat if that species is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario list as either:
Redside Dace is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as endangered; therefore, it is protected.
Habitat protection under subsection 10(1) of the ESA applies to Redside Dace. Ontario Regulation 242/08 prescribes the specific habitat of Redside Dace.
Under clause 17(2)(c) of the ESA, the Minister may issue a permit authorizing a person to engage in an activity that would otherwise be prohibited by sections 9 or 10 of the ESA if the minister believes that:
- an overall benefit to the species will be achieved within a reasonable time through the conditions of the permit
- reasonable alternatives have been considered, including alternatives that would not negatively affect the species, and the best alternative has been adopted
- reasonable steps to minimize negative effects on individual members of the species are required by conditions of the permit
Providing an overall benefit to a protected species under the ESA means improving circumstances for the species in Ontario. Overall benefit is:
- more than "no net loss" or an exchange of "like for like"
- grounded in the protection and recovery of the species at risk
- more than mitigation measures or "replacing" what is lost
Actions to achieve an overall benefit to species
The Regional Municipality of Durham is working to identify proposed actions that would achieve an overall benefit for Redside Dace. These may involve:
- removing two pedestrian bridges with footings in the channel of Urfe Creek which will prevent further debris from falling in the channel
- restoring and enhancing the 2200 m2cleared during pipeline installation by planting shrubs at the banks to stabilize the banks and prevent erosion
- planting trees and shrubs in the remainder of the habitat to provide shade and source of organic materials for the creek
Reasonable alternatives being considered
The Regional Municipality of Durham has explored alternatives, including alternatives that would not adversely affect Redside Dace and their habitat. These include:
- Do nothing: potential adverse effects on species or habitat(s) will be avoided at this location, but no sewer will be built.
- Alternative 1: re-route the sewer alignment to minimize impact on Redside Dace habitat. This route was chosen at the EA stage, when paired with the Brock Road widening project it results in lower environmental impacts.
- Alternative 2: install via trenchless technologies. However, due to constraints on site there is insufficient cover at the Urfe Creek for the pipeline crossing to be achieved via trenchless techniques.
- Alternative 3: use of timing windows. This avoids impacts to the species but does not address impacts to habitat.
The Regional Municipality of Durham has concluded that the best alternative is alternative 1. It provides the least impact to the species while allowing the Municipality to complete the sewer pipeline installation.
Actions to minimize adverse effects on the species
The Regional Municipality of Durham is seeking ways to minimize adverse effects on the Redside Dace and its habitat. These may include:
- maintaining riparian vegetation to the extent possible
- restoring disturbed areas per the landscape plan
- prohibiting equipment from crossing the watercourse unless in the dry in open cut area
- developing and implementing an environmental / erosion and sediment control plan which includes measures for vehicle maintenance and spills response
- restoring access road as per the landscape plan
- isolating and dewatering works within water
- maintaining continuous water flow during construction to sustain water contributions to downstream habitat
- controlling all equipment maintenance and refueling to prevent any discharge of petroleum products; vehical maintenance and refueling will be conducted at least 30 m distance from the watercourses and watercourse banks
- storing construction material, excess material, construction debris, and empty containers at least 30 m from the watercourses and watercourse banks
- scheduling the installation and removal of isolation measures during low water to reduce the potential for the need to remove fish
- implementing a fish relocation plan, as required
The Province has published a government response statement under subsection 12.1 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 with respect to Redside Dace. The response statement will be considered before a decision to issue an overall benefit permit.
Posting this proposal on the Environmental Registry does not imply that the minister will issue a permit. A permit may only be issued where the legal requirements set out in clause 17(2)(c) of the Act have been satisfied.
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