Ontario helping IMAX protect the Great LakesFriday, August 24, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Ontario helping IMAX protect the Great Lakes
McGuinty government invests in water innovation
Ontario is investing in innovative solutions in Peel to help protect Great Lakes water quality.
IMAX Corporation is using new permeable pavement and stormwater treatment technology to retrofit its parking lot to reduce contaminated runoff.
This green infrastructure will help prevent flooding and reduce contaminants entering Sheridan Creek and Lake Ontario.
The project is part of the McGuinty government's Showcasing Water Innovation program that supports projects that demonstrate innovative and cost-effective approaches to improve drinking water, wastewater treatment and stormwater systems that can be used by communities across the province.
Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.
"Congratulations to IMAX for helping to demonstrate new approaches to helping protect our Great Lakes through something as common-place as the parking lot. Ontarians want healthy, vibrant Great Lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable. Now our government is finding new ways to keep them healthy." - Jim Bradley, minister of the environment
"Congratulations to IMAX, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and everyone who has worked to bring this green innovation to Mississauga. Lake Ontario and the Sheridan Creek ecosystem will benefit from this great initiative that helps to protect our environment." - Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South
The project is part of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority collaboration with public and private sector partners to implement low impact approaches for managing stormwater and conserving water.
The government has launched the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to help community groups protect their part of the Great Lakes.
Ontario water companies are recognized leaders in ultraviolet disinfection, compact sewage treatment, water information system software and plant design and operation.
Water and wastewater is the largest sub-sector of Ontario's environment industry, employing 22,000 people and generating $1.8 billion in sales.
More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.