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Part of Fernbank Road closed from August 14-28

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s office)

Please note that Fernbank Road will be closed from Shea to Robert Grant between August 14th and August 28th.

The contractor, Taggart Construction, will be installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.

Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure with additional signs posted during the affected period. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. A detour will be signed from Shea>Abbott>Robert Grant.


City looks for feedback on Feedmill Creek rehab plan

Feedmill Creek is sort of a “forgotten waterway” in Stittsville.  That’s probably because up until very recently, it traversed mostly undeveloped private property.

The creek starts at the stormwater ponds in Timbermere Park on the west side of Carp Road, heads west underground and then  through the future Potter’s Key neighbourhood and north of Jackson Trails, before heading north under the Queensway, then  east through the Tanger Outlets mall before emptying into the Carp River.

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MOFFATT: No perfect way to collect stormwater fees

(Here’s a note shared by Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt today via email.)

“There simply is no perfect way to collect fees on the basis of fairness. Each and every property contributes differently. Short of any perfect solution, we have the proposal before us.”

In March and April of this year, residents were informed of the City of Ottawa’s Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure Review. Over the course of those two months, we shared much information on the matter and you were very involved in these discussions. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contacted me, submitted comments to the City and attended the public consultation sessions. The April 7th meeting held in North Gower was attended by approximately 250 residents.  Continue reading


What the city’s proposed new water rates mean for you

The city released its proposed new water rate structure Monday and for most people in Stittsville it could mean a slight increase – or even decrease – to your bill, assuming you’re hooked up to the City’s water and you’re not on a private well or septic system.

The structure would add a flat connection fee to your bill on top of the existing rate based on water usage. It would also break the sewer surcharge into two items: a fixed-and-variable rate sewer fee and a fixed-rate stormwater fee. Continue reading


PHOTOS: Brownies paint yellow fish to raise awareness about stormwater

The 10th Stittsville Brownies were painting yellow fish in Fairwinds on Thursday night. They’re as a reminderthat what you put down the drain eventually makes its way into rivers, lakes and streams, impacting the health of animals and people.

They painted yellow fish stencils next to storm drains on Riverfront, Tempest and Showandasee. The words “RAINWATER ONLY” are meant to remind people of the impact we have on nature and the environment.

The program is sponsored by the Ottawa Riverkeeper and Trout Unlimited Canada. Photos via Kerry Reimer. Continue reading


OPEN HOUSE: Upcoming flood prevention work in Stittsville South

(via City of Ottawa)

Following the July 2009 flooding event in Stittsville, flood control measures were evaluated and a mitigation plan was recommended. The current phase of the plan consists of undertaking flood control measures in the Westwood, Cypress Gardens, Basswood, West Wind, Woodside and Harris lands neighbourhoods,.  This area extends from Hartsmere Drive to the south, Abbott Street to the north and the development limits to the east and west. Continue reading


COMMENT: Sustainability, not revenue, should drive stormwater fees

Photo: Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million water infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville.

The City’s proposal to initiate a stormwater fee separate from water and waste water charges has stirred much passion. In the heat of the argument, the basic principle underlying a stormwater fee needs to be reasserted: You pave, you pay. Continue reading


QADRI: Don’t skate on storm management ponds

From councillor Shad Qadri’s email newsletter:

A stormwater management pond is an artificial pond that is designed to collect and hold stormwater. The stormwater management pond’s primary function is stormwater management, not recreation. Recreational activities are prohibited on or in these ponds to ensure the safety of residents as well as to deter problems from the sole function of the pond.


Update on new stormwater pond on Maple Grove

(via City Councillor Shad Qadri)

A new stormwater management pond, including a new outlet to the Carp River, is being constructed within the property at 1635 -1655 Maple Grove Road, between Silver Seven Road and Huntmar Drive.

The need for this stormwater management pond, known as Pond 4, was identified in the Kanata West Master Servicing Study and is required to support ongoing residential development in the area.

This pond will service the future development area between Palladium Drive and Poole Creek on the west side of the Carp River and is being constructed now to facilitate two new subdivisions being developed along Maple Grove Road by Mattamy and Tartan/Tamarack.

This pond will allow Mattamy to decommission their existing pond servicing Fairwinds South that is located along Maple Grove Road. All aspects of the proposal have been reviewed by the City, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Environment. Required permits for the infrastructure project were recently issued and work on-site began in February.

The project is expected to be completed by and operational for home construction within Q2 of this year.