Nov 06, 2007
The City of Mississauga was recognized for the success of its
"Watercolours Pond Solar Powered Aeration Pilot Project" at the Friends of the Credit
Stewardship Forum and Awards Dinner on November 3. The project also earned the City of
Mississauga a "Friends of the Credit Conservation Award" from the Credit Valley
Conservation for the second straight year.
The pilot project was the first of its kind in Mississauga and was awarded for improving the
health of the Credit River.
"Water quality improvements in the pond have a positive impact on fish and other aquatic
life in the Credit River," says Lincoln Kan, manager, environmental services for the City
of Mississauga. "That's because the pond's storm water drains directly into the Credit
River without further treatment."
Kan explained that the City installed a floating solar-powered aerator within the Watercolours
Stormwater Management Pond near Mississauga and Lakeshore Roads. The aerator was installed
during the summer season to reduce algae growth and improve oxygen levels in the pond.
"This initiative was supported by a public education effort aimed at encouraging area
residents to reduce the amount of fertilizer they use on their lawns," says Kan.
"Fertilizer promotes algae growth and pollutes the storm water that drains into the City's
The City's Environmental Services Section launched the project after the Lorne Park
Watercolours Residents' Association raised concerns with City staff about excessive algae
growth in the pond.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With
well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be
an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality known for its economic strength
and for being Canada's safest city.
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Public Affairs Consultant