Category Archives: Environment

City testing sewage holding tank for leaks

January 17, 2020

Speed River may show red tint from dye tracer test starting January 20 Guelph, Ont., January 17, 2020 – The City is doing a safe, and environmentally friendly, dye tracer test in a sewage holding tank on Water Street, starting January 20. Dye will be poured into the sewage holding tank to determine if there are any leaks. During the dye tracer test, which runs for about 10-16 weeks, residents may see a red tint in the Speed River near the east Wellington Street off-ramp from the Hanlon Parkway. Dye tracers are a common way to test the travel time and flow of water or sewage. The dye does not reduce the dissolved oxygen level in the river so it`s safe for aquatic life, and… Continue reading City testing sewage holding tank for leaks


Invasive species removals coming to parks and natural areas

January 17, 2020

This summer, we’re working to improve ecological health in our parks and natural areas by removing invasive plant species like buckthorn and dog strangling vine. Continue reading Invasive species removals coming to parks and natural areas


New snow storage pad reduces environmental impacts of salt

January 14, 2020

Guelph has finished building a new 18,600 square metre snow storage pad near the Wastewater Treatment Facility on Wellington Street West. Continue reading New snow storage pad reduces environmental impacts of salt


Help us update parts of guelph.ca

January 8, 2020

We’re looking for people to help organize information about, energy, trees, waste, water and wildlife on the City’s website. Continue reading Help us update parts of guelph.ca


Updated fees at the public waste drop-off start January 1

December 19, 2019

Starting January 1, 2020, most public waste drop-off fees are changing. Continue reading Updated fees at the public waste drop-off start January 1


Ash tree removal in Preservation Park starts January 13

December 17, 2019

We’re removing ash and hazard trees from Preservation Park starting January 13 that are affected by emerald ash borer. Continue reading Ash tree removal in Preservation Park starts January 13


Never miss your curbside collection day!

December 16, 2019

Whether you want a printed calendar or electronic reminders, we’ve got four tools to make sure you don’t miss a single curbside waste collection in 2020. Continue reading Never miss your curbside collection day!


City completes engagement on proposal to address its concerns with Dolime Quarry operations

December 10, 2019

More than 230 residents from the City and Guelph-Eramosa Township attended the community open houses and pop-up information sessions to get more information, ask questions, and share their feedback. Continue reading City completes engagement on proposal to address its concerns with Dolime Quarry operations


Crews responding to a water main break on Eramosa Road at Meyer Drive

December 2, 2019

Lane reductions in effect, avoid if possible   Guelph, Ont., December 2, 2019— City crews are responding to a water main break on Eramosa Road at Meyer Drive, repairs are expected to be completed by tomorrow morning. There are no health risks as a result of the break. Lane reductions are in effect. One lane is open in both directions, traffic is moving slow and delays are to be expected. Residents are asked to avoid the area if possible. Follow @GuelphTransit for any changes or delays to bus routes in the area. Some noise and light due to construction may be experienced by those living or working in the area where the break has occurred. The City will provide updates at guelph.ca and on Facebook… Continue reading Crews responding to a water main break on Eramosa Road at Meyer Drive


City crews responding to water main break on Speedvale Avenue

November 30, 2019

Speedvale Avenue is closed between the Hanlon Expressway and Silvercreek Parkway. Please avoid the area until further notice. Continue reading City crews responding to water main break on Speedvale Avenue


The future of waste management in Guelph

November 28, 2019

Dr. Dianne Saxe, former Environmental Commissioner for Ontario, to speak at the launch of Guelph’s Solid Waste Management Master Plan update December 9. Continue reading The future of waste management in Guelph


Our Community, Our Water open house November 26

November 19, 2019

Guelph, Ont., November 19, 2019 – The City of Guelph is hosting the final open house for Our Community, Our Water on November 26. This open house is the final opportunity for people to come learn more about the quarry site revitalization proposal, ask questions and share feedback. What Our Community, Our Water open house Photo and video opportunities Opportunities to ask questions Final opportunity to provide in-person feedback on the proposal (online feedback ends November 30) Who Our Community, Our Water project staff from the City of Guelph River Valley Developments staff (quarry owners) When Tuesday, November 26, 2019 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. Where Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph N1G 3E7 Media Contact Our Community, Our Water City… Continue reading Our Community, Our Water open house November 26


Council approves 2020 capital budget and non-tax supported operating budget

November 13, 2019

City Council approved the 2020 capital budget and the non-tax supported operating budget, and received the 2021–2029 capital forecast. Continue reading Council approves 2020 capital budget and non-tax supported operating budget


Our Community, Our Water open house November 26

November 12, 2019

Drop by the Holiday Inn from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Guelph, Ont., November 12, 2019—The City of Guelph and the owners of the Dolime Quarry have reached a potential solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the quarry could affect Guelph’s drinking water. Whether to pursue the proposed solution is an important City Council decision. City Council and City staff are sharing this proposal with our community before Council makes its decision. The City is hosting the final community open house on November 26, 2019 at the Holiday Inn. What: Our Community, Our Water open house Where: Holiday Inn, 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph When: November 26, 2019. Drop-in sessions from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Other ways to get… Continue reading Our Community, Our Water open house November 26


The City is performing sanitary sewer smoke tests starting November 11

October 31, 2019

Guelph residents may see smoke coming from maintenance holes Update November 12, 2019: Smoke testing has been delayed due to weather and will begin on Monday, November 18. The City will begin sanitary sewer smoke testing starting November 11 and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Smoke testing will take place between the hours of 8 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The smoke tests will be done to identify if any rainwater is entering our sanitary sewers through cracks or holes. This will allow the City to know where repairs are needed in our sanity sewer system. The smoke used is a harmless coloured vapour that has no odour, isn’t harmful to your health, and will disappear after a few minutes. Residents… Continue reading The City is performing sanitary sewer smoke tests starting November 11


Notice of study commencement: City of Guelph Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the Water Supply Master Plan Update

October 31, 2019

The City is updating the Water Supply Master Plan. Continue reading Notice of study commencement: City of Guelph Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the Water Supply Master Plan Update


City looking for community feedback on proposed solution to replace Dolime Quarry with residential neighbourhood

October 30, 2019

Visit Our Community, Our Water at haveyoursay.guelph.ca by November 30 to share your thoughts on the proposed solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the Dolime Quarry could affect Guelph’s drinking water. Continue reading City looking for community feedback on proposed solution to replace Dolime Quarry with residential neighbourhood


Our Community, Our Water open house October 29

October 22, 2019

Guelph, Ont., October 22, 2019 – The City of Guelph is hosting the first of two open houses for Our Community, Our Water on October 29. This open house is an opportunity for people to come learn more about the quarry site revitalization proposal, ask questions and share feedback. What Our Community, Our Water open house Photo and video opportunities Opportunities to ask questions First opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal Who Our Community, Our Water project staff from the City of Guelph River Valley Developments staff (quarry owners) When Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. Where Marg MacKinnon Community Room (enter from galleria) Guelph City Hall 1 Carden Street Media Contact Laura Mousseau, Communications Manager Corporate… Continue reading Our Community, Our Water open house October 29


Waste Reduction Week starts October 21

October 17, 2019

Simple actions can help reduce waste Key facts Take advantage of free City programs to reduce waste and promote reuse including Goods Exchange weekends, ReCycle bike reuse, and Paint+ Reuse for free paints, cleaning and car care products, and other household repair supplies. Whether dropping off or picking up, using these programs helps reuse items that could otherwise end up in a landfill. Media release Guelph, Ont., October 17, 2019—The City is celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Canada October 21–27. There are many ways Guelphites can reduce their waste, and Waste Reduction Week has outlined seven daily themes to help people get started. The Guelph Tool Library and the University of Guelph are also hosting free, local activities focused on reducing waste, including a repair… Continue reading Waste Reduction Week starts October 21


Environmental testing on Menzie, Audrey, Lawrence and laneway starts in October

October 15, 2019

The City has hired a consultant to install and take samples from soil vapour probes on Menzie, Audrey and Lawrence Avenues, and on the laneway between Lawrence and Victoria Road South. Work will begin in October. Continue reading Environmental testing on Menzie, Audrey, Lawrence and laneway starts in October


Notice of study commencement and public open house

October 7, 2019

City of Guelph Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for Robertson booster pump station Continue reading Notice of study commencement and public open house


Our Community, Our Water open house October 29

October 1, 2019

The first Our Community, Our Water open house is happening on October 29 at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading Our Community, Our Water open house October 29


City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water

October 1, 2019

The City of Guelph and the owners of the Dolime Quarry have reached a potential solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the quarry could affect Guelph’s drinking water. Continue reading City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water


City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October

September 27, 2019

City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October. Continue reading City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October


Arkell aqueduct maintenance: November 2019 project update

September 23, 2019

The inspection and maintenance of the Arkell aqueduct, where 60 to 80 per cent of Guelph’s water comes from, is underway. Continue reading Arkell aqueduct maintenance: November 2019 project update


City shares 100 per cent renewable energy progress report

September 20, 2019

The City of Guelph is making strides toward its goal to achieve 100 per cent of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2050. The goal and approach reflect the community’s and Council’s prioritization of climate change mitigation. Continue reading City shares 100 per cent renewable energy progress report


Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair

September 16, 2019

Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair. Continue reading Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair


Curbside battery collection starts September 30

September 12, 2019

The City is collecting single-use alkaline batteries at the curb from September 30 – October 11 on blue cart collection day. Continue reading Curbside battery collection starts September 30


City to begin dead-end watermain flushing September 16

September 5, 2019

The City will begin dead-end watermain flushing throughout Guelph starting Monday, September 16 Continue reading City to begin dead-end watermain flushing September 16


Construction notice: Lane restrictions at Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on August 29

August 27, 2019

The City will be performing repairs to an underground water valve at the Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on Thursday, August 29. Continue reading Construction notice: Lane restrictions at Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on August 29


Information about the City’s plans to provide comment on LaFarge Canada’s water-taking application

August 12, 2019

The City has reviewed Lafarge’s application and will develop our based on analysis from the groundwater flow modeling currently underway. Continue reading Information about the City’s plans to provide comment on LaFarge Canada’s water-taking application


City launches private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program

August 2, 2019

The City is offering rebates to help property owners decommission private water wells and septic systems. Continue reading City launches private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program


Summer is heating up: Level yellow outside watering restrictions now in effect

July 30, 2019

Your lawn only needs 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water a week.  Guelph, Ont., July 30, 2019 – The City is enforcing watering restrictions for level 1 yellow of the outside water use program because a sustained period of no steady rain and little relief is anticipated in the forecast ahead.   At level 1 yellow, lawn watering is restricted to 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. on odd or even calendar dates by address number—odd-numbered houses can water on odd-numbered dates and even-numbered houses on even dates. “Despite last night’s rain, the hot, dry summer weather has caught up with us,” said Heather Yates, Supervisor of Water Efficiency. “Early morning and late day watering happens to be the best time of day to keep plants… Continue reading Summer is heating up: Level yellow outside watering restrictions now in effect


Fire hydrant testing has started throughout Guelph

July 11, 2019

In compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, the City tests all fire hydrants on a yearly basis to ensure they are in proper working order when needed for fire suppression. Continue reading Fire hydrant testing has started throughout Guelph


City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee

July 9, 2019

City Council has approved a staff recommendation to create a Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) with a focus on supporting environmental initiatives as part of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan. Continue reading City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee


Sleeman Breweries’ Water Smart Business upgrades save over 5,000 kegs’ worth of water a day

June 25, 2019

Upgrades will help Sleeman save $266,000 a year Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2019 —Sleeman Breweries is now saving about 298,000 litres or over 5,000 kegs’ worth of water every day thanks to the results of their Water Smart Business audit from the City of Guelph. Those daily water savings add up to about $266,000 in annual savings on Sleeman’s water bill, and enough water to fill 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year. “Our community understands the importance of using water wisely,” says Steven Snopkowski, Water Smart Business program coordinator at the City. “It’s great to see local businesses, like Sleeman Breweries, playing their part in being water efficient. Sleeman has shown great leadership that’s a real win-win situation for our whole community.” Through the Water… Continue reading Sleeman Breweries’ Water Smart Business upgrades save over 5,000 kegs’ worth of water a day


Burke well upgrades improve water service to 13,000 homes

June 5, 2019

Guelph, Ont., June 5, 2019 – City staff and council celebrated the opening of the upgraded Burke well house last week. The City made upgrades to remove iron and manganese from the water, and to improve service delivery and reliability of the 44-year-old well located on the north side of Arkell Road near Summerfield Drive. “Burke well is one of Guelph’s largest wells and provides about eight per cent of our daily water supply—tap water for about 13,000 households each day,” says Emily Stahl, manager of technical services. “It’s an important water source for Guelph and our upgrades ensure it will continue to serve our community well into the future.” As with all of Guelph’s drinking water, water from Burke well has always met Ontario’s… Continue reading Burke well upgrades improve water service to 13,000 homes


Understanding Bill 108

May 31, 2019

Be heard on Bill 108. Submit your comments on the Bill’s regulations. On June 6, 2019, the Provincial Legislature passed Bill 108: More Homes, More Choice Act into law. Most of the concerns and proposed solutions expressed by municipalities and citizens were not reflected in the Act at the time of passing. We still have an opportunity to influence how this law is put into motion. The City will continue to work with ministries to design the rules, policies and related programs under Bill 108 as the regulations are being crafted. You can get involved by voicing your opinions on specific regulations during this consultation period. Background On May 2, 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released its More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s… Continue reading Understanding Bill 108


Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community

May 28, 2019

Council also approves plan for meeting City’s 100 per cent renewable energy target Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2019 — City Council approved $700,000 in funding over five years to support the Community Energy Initiative led by Our Energy Guelph at last night’s Council meeting. Council also approved recommendations for achieving 100 per cent renewable energy sources for all City energy needs. “To tackle climate change, we need all hands on deck,” says Alex Chapman, manager of the City’s Climate Change Office. “This means working closely with our community and leading by example. With Council’s support, we can take a big step forward in reducing Guelph’s environmental footprint while further positioning our community as the leaders in environmental sustainability and delivering significant economic value and jobs.”… Continue reading Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community


Construction complete at Burke well house

May 23, 2019

The upgrades to Burke well are now complete and the well is currently operative. Burke well upgrades were made to improve overall water quality, service delivery and the reliability of Burke well which was built in 1975. Completion of these upgrades will save the City money and prolong the life of this important City asset. The upgrades completed include: expansion of the existing well house to accommodate additional treatment equipment (newly finished area of 310 square metres from current area of 62 square metres); installation of a filter system to remove manganese and iron; construction of 350 cubic metres of water storage, an amount that would fill more than 2,000 standard bathtubs; well cleaning; replacement of the on-site emergency power generator; and replacement of utility service… Continue reading Construction complete at Burke well house


Security upgrades at Arkell Spring grounds begin May 20

May 15, 2019

The City is making security upgrades at the Arkell Spring grounds to enhance the protection of Guelph’s drinking water source and to improve public safety. Continue reading Security upgrades at Arkell Spring grounds begin May 20


City releases updated preferred structure for Clair-Maltby

May 2, 2019

Guelph, Ont., May 2, 2019—Today the City released an updated preferred community structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan as part of a report to Council. The update is based on community feedback and additional studies the City has completed. In addition to the updated structure, the report presents the final policy directions document and provides a timeline for the remainder of the project. Putting the environment first The updated work on the Secondary Plan continues to put the protection of the Paris Moraine and the city’s natural heritage and water resources first. Further studies confirmed that planned urban development in the Clair-Maltby area will not interfere with the function of the Paris Moraine, the natural heritage system or water resources. The Paris Moraine is not… Continue reading City releases updated preferred structure for Clair-Maltby


Clean and green collects a hippo’s worth of garbage

April 30, 2019

A record number of parks, trails and green spaces were cleared of 3,300 kilograms during Clean and Green this past Saturday. Continue reading Clean and green collects a hippo’s worth of garbage


Mandatory residential water meter replacements start May 6

April 29, 2019

Watch your mailbox to see if your home is on the replacement list Guelph, Ont,. April 29, 2019 – The City has hired Neptune Technology Group Inc. to complete mandatory replacements of residential water meters in about 8,000 homes. Water meter replacements begin May 6, 2019. If your water meter is due for replacement, Neptune will contact you by mail, door hanger or phone. Neptune staff will not show up at your door without an appointment. If you get a notice, you’ll need to respond to the contact information provided to book your water meter replacement appointment. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Installation of the new water meter is free. What is… Continue reading Mandatory residential water meter replacements start May 6


Things looking rosy with City of Guelph’s new GM of Environmental Services

April 29, 2019

Today the City of Guelph welcomes Jennifer Rose as the general manager of Environmental Services. Rose comes to the City with 15 years’ experience in the municipal sector, most recently as director of Environmental Services for the City of Vaughan. Continue reading Things looking rosy with City of Guelph’s new GM of Environmental Services


Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study

April 24, 2019

Open house for York Road Environmental Design Study on May 9, 2019 at Guelph City Hall. Continue reading Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study


Guelph urban forest study

April 22, 2019

The City of Guelph is using iTree to learn more about the state of our urban forest Continue reading Guelph urban forest study


Operations resume at City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre after Saturday’s fire

April 14, 2019

Shortly after 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, Guelph Fire responded to a fire in the transfer station that houses collected garbage before being transported to the landfill. Continue reading Operations resume at City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre after Saturday’s fire


Guelph wins award for protecting local drinking water sources

April 2, 2019

Guelph has won an Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from the American Water Works Association Continue reading Guelph wins award for protecting local drinking water sources


Guelph City Council approves updated Waste Management Bylaw

March 19, 2019

Guelph’s updated waste bylaw includes changes for multi-residential collection, grass clippings and medical waste collection Continue reading Guelph City Council approves updated Waste Management Bylaw