Industry Award Reconizes Municipal and Community Collaboration for Flooding Remediation Program
BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 7, 2011) The Region of Peel, City of Mississauga and Credit Valley Conservation Authority were awarded Project of the Year, Environmental Category Less than $2 million, by the Ontario Public Works Association for the Cooksville Creek Flooding Remediation Program.
The award acknowledges the organizations for their collaborative approach in creating a multi-discipline leadership committee, Cooksville Creek Task Force, lead by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to develop remedial action plans addressing residential basement flooding issues that occurred after an intense rainfall in August 2009.
“As Chair of the Cooksville Creek Task Force, I am proud of the great co-operation among staff from the Region of Peel, City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation and concerned citizens", said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. “We are working together to find solutions to the flooding issues in the Cooksville Creek area. This award reflects the resolve of the Conservation Authority and the Councils of Mississauga and Peel to assist affected homeowners with the implementation of effective measures to minimize future flooding risks on their property.”
The remediation program resulted in the expansion of the 311 community call centre information knowledgebase and dispatch capabilities to provide our residents and businesses with timely customer service in a heavy rainfall situation. In addition, an education and outreach initiative informed citizens of flooding risks, preventative measures and provided knowledge to enable them to take action to protect their property from potential future rainfall events. Additional capital improvements included enhancements to the watershed and the rehabilitation of numerous manholes to eliminate direct storm water inflow into the sanitary system.
“Being recognized for our work by our industry peers is always a positive experience and being recognized for our collaborative efforts to provide our citizens with real solutions to address their flooding issues makes this award doubly rewarding,” said Dan Labrecque, Region of Peel Commissioner of Public Works.
In addition to the above award, the Region of Peel’s commissioner of Public Works, Dan Labrecque, was honoured with the Pat McDonald Distinguished Community Involvement Award for outstanding community leadership. Linda Petelka, Manager, Wastewater Program Planning, received the American Public Works Association National Community Involvement Award for Community Leadership and Ric Robertshaw, Director of Wastewater, received the American Public Works Association Life Member status in recognition of his more than thirty years of active member contributions.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 ext. 4409 or visit our website at www.peelregion.ca.