Mohawk Lake and Mohawk Canal Cleanup and Rehabilitation Project

Functional Master Drainage and Restoration Study

The City of Brantford has initiated the Mohawk Lake and Mohawk Canal Cleanup and Rehabilitation Project with financial support from the Federal Government. This project will identify rehabilitation measures needed to address accumulated sediments and provide opportunities / recommendations to improve the environmental quality of Mohawk Lake and Mohawk Canal, and protect and enhance its future in the community.

Mohawk Lake is located in an urban area with a drainage area of 839 hectares. The land use within the lake’s drainage area is primarily residential and commercial with some industrial properties. Over time, the lake and canal’s sediment and water quality have been impacted by stormwater and industrial discharges. Industrial discharges have been discontinued and cleanup efforts have been completed on brownfield lands upstream and adjacent to the canal, however the lake and canal are still negatively impacted. In 2018, the City initiated a Characterization Study documenting the existing physical and environmental conditions of the drainage network, lake, and canal for the study area shown in Figure 1.

Environmental Assessment (EA)

The Study is being carried out in accordance with the requirements necessary to receive federal funding and the Ontario Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA; Schedule “B”), as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 & 2015). This is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

The findings from the Characterization Study are expected to provide background information that will inform various components of the Class EA. Under the Class EA, the City has commenced the investigation of how to improve the environmental quality in the lake and canal by managing stormwater runoff, providing better habitat for fish and wildlife and enhanced recreational opportunities. Anticipated deliverables of interest include:

  • A Subwatershed Stormwater Plan focusing on runoff (quantity/quality) from the Mohawk Lake tributary’s basin aimed at understanding the current water resources of Mohawk Lake and Canal, as well as future watershed system (based on intensified land uses)
  • A Class EA Report to be carried out in accordance with provincial legislative requirements
  • A Mohawk Lake and Canal Master Plan defining the management and restoration activities associated with environmental protection needs and related future park uses.

Study Area

Mohawk Lake Rehab Study Area

A detailed Mohawk Lake Rehabilitation Study Area Map is also available for review.

Public Consultation

Engagement with the community, agencies and Indigenous groups is considered a key part of any Class EA. Several opportunities for engagement will occur throughout the Class EA. Public meetings will be held to discuss issues and opportunities, including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria, environmental impacts and mitigation measures. The dates and details of these opportunities will be advertised as the Class EA progresses. You are encouraged to provide your comments to inform Study planning.

The first PIC will be held on:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mohawk Park Pavilion,

51 Lynnwood Dr., Brantford

Public Information Centre 1 - Boards

Public Information Centre 1 - Comments Sheet

To submit a comment or question, or receive additional information related to the Class EA, or have accessibility requirements to participate in this Study, please contact one of the representatives listed under Contact Us on the right hand side of this page. 

Please note that all information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. RSO, 1990, c.F.31. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

Additionally, all information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. RSO, 1990, s. 10(1). With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.