Port Burwell is a small town located on the north shore of Lake Erie Ontario. The town required a complete overhaul of their storm sewer systems, but being on a tight budget, they needed innovative solutions to fund the project. The reconstruction project required creative problem-solving to get the job done while prioritizing a high standard of environmental stewardship. This included a phased approach to reconstruct the storm sewer network using low impact development (LID) methods, improving accessibility with a complete streets approach, and the construction of an innovative bioswale storm sewer outfall to Lake Erie.
The innovative bioswale system filters contaminants out of the storm water prior to its reintegration into Lake Erie, improving the quality of water going into The Great Lakes. As a result of this technology and approach, Port Burwell has been designated as a "Blue Flag Beach", indicating high environmental and quality standards.
Creative Funding Solutions:
To help cover the expense of the project, Meritech assisted Port Burwell in applying for multiple grants to fund the reconstruction initiative, and made every effort to save costs while maintaining a high standard of quality and integrity in the work.
Consulting Engineers of Ontario has recognized Meritech with an innovation award for this precedent-setting project.