St. Brieux receives $2.3 million toward wastewater lagoon upgrades – Yahoo News Canada

St. Brieux’s wastewater treatment lagoon project is going through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, following the town receiving $2.4 million to go towards the project.
The project is funded under the Community, Culture, Recreation and Green Infrastructure Streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. For the lagoon project, the federal government is contributing $1.3 million, the province is contributing $1.1 million, and St. Brieux will be responsible for covering the remaining $870,000.
The work will include installing a Submerged Attached Growth Reactor system (SAGRs) to provide secondary water treatment ability, rehabilitate the existing cell to provide flood protection, decommission a storage cell, and conduct all associated mechanical, piping, electrical and other works.
SAGRs are aerated coarse-gravel beds used to achieve ammonia limits in lagoons or other primary treatment systems.
Heather Hind, St. Brieux’s administrator, said this project is part of the town’s goal to increase storage to allow more residents.
“There’s more resorts coming up around our area and we are also wanting to be able to expand our town so that requires a larger capacity,” Hind said, adding that the lagoon is currently at full capacity.
To cover their portion of the project cost, Hind said the town has some funds saved from long-term planning and the remaining is planned to be paid for by a loan.
An EIA is a process required by the federal government before a project of this nature goes through. It assesses the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development both beneficial and adverse.
Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Humboldt Journal
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