Dry storm pond in W.W. Ashley District Park is first of nine planned Flood Control Strategy projects
The City’s Flood Control Strategy (FCS), approved by City Council in 2018, is underway with the construction of a dry storm pond in W.W. Ashley District Park. It is the first of nine planned projects that will help reduce flooding in Saskatoon’s most flood-prone areas between now and 2027. Excavation in the park began in mid-February and the project will wrap-up later this year.
“Saskatoon already has eight dry storm ponds, mostly in neighbourhoods built after storm water infrastructure standards were established in 1989,” says Director of Saskatoon Water, Russ Munro. “The areas we are focusing on now are ones that were established prior to that and have a history of flooding properties and intersections.”
Dry storm ponds are designed to hold water that would otherwise cause nearby flooding during intense rainfalls. The water flows from properties and roads into the dry storm pond, then slowly drains into the storm sewer. Whenever dry, it is used as park space.
Next on the list of dry storm pond construction approvals, is one in Churchill Park. If approved by City Council on March 22, Saskatoon Water will move forward with design plans and proceed with construction in 2022.
“We will plan public engagement sessions in advance of any work happening to provide more information, hear from residents and answer any questions,” says Munro.
The dry storm pond projects include pond construction as well as upgrades to nearby storm water and sewer infrastructure.
The Government of Canada is contributing 40% of the eligible construction costs up to a maximum of $21.6 million toward nine FCS projects. The City is funding the remaining construction costs through Storm Water Utility charges.
For more information about the FCS, and to subscribe to Flood Protection Plan updates, visit saskatoon.ca/floodplan.