Public consultation is an important component of the master planning process. Extensive public consultation was undertaken during the drafting of both the BRMP and
the BMP. During the drafting of the BRMP, a Biosolids and Residuals Master
Plan Advisory Committee was formed and met monthly with representation that included
interested stakeholders and various regulatory bodies. In addition, a total of 18 Public Information Sessions were held during the drafting of the BRMP and the BMP. These sessions were held around each of the treatment plants as well as in rural areas where Toronto biosolids were being agriculturally land applied.
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Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan Advisory Committee (BRMPAC)
The City of Toronto established a Biosolids & Residuals Master Plan Advisory Committee (BRMPAC) to participate in the development of the BRMP. The purpose of the committee was to provide input to the City’s biosolids project team throughout the development of the master plan.
The BRMPAC includes both public members and members from various groups and organizations including representatives from:
The committee’s diverse membership brought expertise on a broad range of issues related to the development of the Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan.
Technical Information and BRMPAC Meetings Minutes
The BRMPAC met approximately once a month at Metro Hall or at Toronto City Hall from March 2003 to August 2004. Meetings were open to the public, except in cases where confidential information was being discussed.
BRMPAC meeting minutes and materials were posted regularly a few weeks following each meeting. They were also available at the Urban Affairs library in Metro Hall.
Additional Information Materials
In this section you will find links to additional information materials. These materials were not distributed in full to the BRMPAC committee.
Public Information Sessions
In addition to the Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan Advisory Committee, Public Information Sessions were held at key stages in the process to provide information and receive stakeholder input.
Public Information Session 1 - February 2004
Five meetings were held, four in Toronto and one in Guelph, between February 16th-28th. Stakeholder input on the evaluation criteria categories assisted the Project Team in finalizing the decision-making model and criteria that will be used to select biosolids and residuals management options. View session 1 information.
Public Information Session 2 - July 2004
Between July 19-28, 2004, the City of Toronto held four public information sessions in Toronto and one in The Township of Amaranth. The purpose of the sessions was to present the results of the evaluation of the long list of biosolids and residuals management options and the strategies formulated for each of the water filtration and treatment plants for managing biosolids and residuals in the future. Stakeholders were requested to provide feedback on the plant strategies. View session 2 information.
Public Information Session 3 - February 2009
Four meetings were held across the City of Toronto as part of Public Information Session #3. The purpose of the events was to share information on the Master Plan Update and receive your comments on the work completed to date, including the identification of alternative solutions and the proposed approach that will be used to select preferred solutions. View session 3 information.
Public Information Session 4 – June/September 2009
A fourth and final set of public information sessions took place in June and September 2009. The purpose of these sessions is was to present the draft preferred biosolids management options for each of the four wastewater treatment facilities and to receive public comments. View session 4 information.
Biosolids Master Plan Update – Highland Creek Treatment Plant
Public Information Session - October 2011
A Public Information Session was held on October 3, 2011 to present information on the future management of biosolids at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant. View informaiton.