Stormwater Management Master Plan

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We’re updating the City's 2012 Stormwater Management Master Plan to ensure we manage stormwater (rain and snowmelt) to help protect Guelph’s water supply and the environment sustainably.

The master plan is a long-term plan that looks at how the City is currently managing stormwater and guides how we will continue to do so over the next 25 years. It will take into account government legislation, technological advances and infrastructure needs. It will address issues we face today like flood control, maintaining the quality of our local waterways (rivers, lakes and streams) and drinking water supply (groundwater) while protecting the environment and maintaining the local water balance.

Learn about stormwater and what it means to you

Check out our Stormwater Management Master Plan Multimedia Page to learn about Guelph's stormwater management system, the study we are doing to update the plan, and how our current system works!

We want to hear from you

How we manage stormwater affects you. It also affects our drinking water supply and our environment. Your feedback is an important part of updating the master plan. The City will look for your feedback throughout the master plan update, both in-person and online. Opportunities to have your say will be posted here and on our Twitter and Facebook channels.

To get project updates, you can join our mailing list by contacting the project leads listed below, or by registering on the project on this page.

The process

This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2011, as amended), which is an approved Class of Environmental Assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act. An environmental assessment will document the results from this study and will be made available for public review. At that time, residents, Indigenous communities and other interested persons or groups will be informed of when and where the environmental assessment can be reviewed.

We’re updating the City's 2012 Stormwater Management Master Plan to ensure we manage stormwater (rain and snowmelt) to help protect Guelph’s water supply and the environment sustainably.

The master plan is a long-term plan that looks at how the City is currently managing stormwater and guides how we will continue to do so over the next 25 years. It will take into account government legislation, technological advances and infrastructure needs. It will address issues we face today like flood control, maintaining the quality of our local waterways (rivers, lakes and streams) and drinking water supply (groundwater) while protecting the environment and maintaining the local water balance.

Learn about stormwater and what it means to you

Check out our Stormwater Management Master Plan Multimedia Page to learn about Guelph's stormwater management system, the study we are doing to update the plan, and how our current system works!

We want to hear from you

How we manage stormwater affects you. It also affects our drinking water supply and our environment. Your feedback is an important part of updating the master plan. The City will look for your feedback throughout the master plan update, both in-person and online. Opportunities to have your say will be posted here and on our Twitter and Facebook channels.

To get project updates, you can join our mailing list by contacting the project leads listed below, or by registering on the project on this page.

The process

This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2011, as amended), which is an approved Class of Environmental Assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act. An environmental assessment will document the results from this study and will be made available for public review. At that time, residents, Indigenous communities and other interested persons or groups will be informed of when and where the environmental assessment can be reviewed.

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We are interested in knowing your experiences with stormwater issues in Guelph. If you have experienced flooding please let us know. 

Be specific, if you've had basement flooding, tell us where by using a yellow pin! If you've seen surface flooding (pooling of water on the ground after rain events) that doesn't drain quickly, use a blue pin to let us know! If you know of a spot where erosion is happening use an orange pin!

We're also interested in knowing about any spills you have seen by using a green pin or illegal dumping by using a pink pin.