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Ruisseau Park Ravine (Blue Willow Park) Rehabilitation – Phase 1: Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and Functional Design

Project Status: 
Underway

Overview

Ruisseau Park ravine forms part of the Blue Willow Stormwater Management (SWM) facility, a quantity control facility built online to a small tributary of Mud Creek in the 1990’s (see figure below).

Uncontrolled stormwater runoff is causing erosion within the ravine. The purpose of this study is to determine the best solution that will protect private and public property from slope instability, while minimizing negative impacts to the natural features in the existing ravine and minimizing long-term maintenance requirements.

Following Phase 1 (Class EA and functional design of the preferred solution), Phase 2 will be initiated (detailed design and construction of the preferred solution).

Blue Willow Ravine

Notice of study commencement

The study is following Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and involves the evaluation of a combination of stormwater management works, in-stream erosion control works and slope stability works. The Class EA process includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed improvements, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

Public Meeting #1

The City of Ottawa held a virtual public meeting on March 31, 2021 to present the results from the project’s existing conditions assessment.

The presentation slides from the public meeting are available if you were unable to attend or wish to review. If you have comments or questions, please contact:

Laurent Jolliet, P. Eng.
Email: Laurent.Jolliet@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 ext. 17149

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is Ruisseau Park Ravine?
    The study area is located within the Chapel Hill South neighbourhood, which is located 13 km (+/-) east of the downtown core. The study area is bound by Innes Road to the north, Mud Creek to the south, Pagé Road to the east, and the Greenbelt to the west (see Location Plan)

    Location Plan

     
  2. Why is this study required?
    Uncontrolled stormwater runoff is causing erosion within the ravine. The purpose of this study is to determine the best solution that will protect private and public property from slope instability, while minimizing negative impacts to the natural features in the existing ravine and minimizing long-term maintenance requirements.
     
  3. How is the Study being carried out?
    The study is following Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and involves the evaluation of a combination of stormwater management works, in-stream erosion control works, and slope stability works. The Class EA process also includes public consultation, an assessment of the environmental effects of the proposed improvements, and identification of measures to mitigate any potential negative impacts.
     
  4. When will the preferred solution be implemented?
    The Class Environmental Study and functional design for the recommended solution will be completed this year. Detailed design will be completed in 2022 and construction is anticipated to start in 2023.
     
  5. What happens until the measures get constructed?
    While the City is moving forward with the project, and until the preferred solution is implemented, the areas of concern within the ravine will be monitored on a regular basis.
     
  6. How will the study and the recommended measures affect my property?
    The main objective of the study is to protect public and private property from erosion and slope instability. It is anticipated that all measures recommended will be contained within City-owned property. Members from the public will be given the opportunity to provide comments on the recommended measures at a second public meeting that will take place in fall 2021. All comments received will be reviewed by the project team and considered for the design of the preferred alternative.
     
  7. How will the study and the recommended measures affect the adjacent park and pathways?
    Temporary closure of the pathways within the ravine will be required during construction in 2023. No impact to the adjacent park and playground structure is anticipated during and after construction. More detailed information will be provided at the second public meeting.
     
  8. Will the recommended measures require tree removal within the ravine?
    At this time, the restoration solution and potential need for tree removal remain to be determined. The impact to existing trees within the ravine will be accounted for during the assessment of alternatives and clearly identified at the next public meeting.
     
  9. How can I get involved?
    For more information about the Ravine Rehabilitation Study, please review the information posted on this website. If you have any other questions or would like your name added to the Study’s mailing list to receive updates and newsletters, please contact:
    Laurent Jolliet, P. Eng.
    Project Specialist, Stormwater
    City of Ottawa
    Laurent.jolliet@Ottawa.ca
    613-580-2424 ext. 17149

Feedback

We welcome your feedback at this time as a follow-up to Public Meeting #1.

If you have not yet viewed the presentation boards, you may wish to do so before providing your feedback. The boards can be accessed above, in Public Meeting #1.

If you have reviewed the presentation boards, please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback regarding the existing condition assessment completed as part of the Ruisseau Park Ravine Rehabilitation study. We have listed some sample questions below.

We will be accepting responses to the questionnaire until April 14, 2021. To submit your comments, please contact:

Laurent Jolliet, P. Eng.
Project Specialist, Stormwater
City of Ottawa
Laurent.jolliet@Ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 ext. 17149

  1. Do you live near the study area? If yes, what street do you live on? If not, why are you interested in this study?
  2. Is there any information you are aware of that could inform the study?
  3. Do you have any other comments, suggestions or concerns about the Ruisseau Park Ravine Rehabilitation Municipal Class Environmental Assessment?

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. If you would like to receive project updates from the study team and/or be notified of future public consultation events, please indicate this in your submission.

Note: Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 S.O. 2001, C. 25 and will only be used by staff to review public feedback related to this project. The collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information is governed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M. 56. Questions about this collection and use should be directed to: Laurent Jolliet Laurent.jolliet@Ottawa.ca