What do stormwater facilities do?

Stormwater  are specifically created to take run-off from local streets and filter it before it flows into the river.

Stormwater facilities are not ever safe for recreational use (skating, walking) for a number of reasons:

  • inlet and outlet pipes keep water continuously flowing beneath the frozen top layer
  • the ice surface varies in depth across the whole surface. It may appear thick in some areas, but other areas may have little or no ice —you won’t be able to tell by looking
    snow often obscures holes in the inconsistent ice
  • salt content in the runoff from roads impedes the water’s ability to freeze (remember: this is salt used to melt ice on the roads)
  • Town crews actually lower the water level under the ice to reduce H2S gas levels. This creates a dangerous air pocket between any ice that has already formed and the top of the water

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1. Who do I contact if Highway 1A or Highway 22 requires maintenance?
2. When does the Town clear the streets?
3. Are all residential streets maintained in the winter?
4. Why did the snowplow leave a ridge of snow along the front of my driveway?
5. Why do plows throw snow on my sidewalk?
6. Why don't they plow the snow all the way back to the curb so that I have more room to park?
7. Why did the snowplow push all the snow around my parked vehicle?
8. Why can't the plows push the snow to the other side of the street where there is no sidewalk?
9. Does the Town have a bylaw requiring sidewalk snow removal?
10. Why is the street sweeper operating during the winter?
11. Where do I put the snow?
12. Do you clear the snow off town pathways?
13. How can I help?
14. I would like to make a suggestion; who can I send it to?
15. Help! My street appears flooded!
16. What do stormwater facilities do?
17. Is it possible to get a disabled parking spot on the street in front of my house?