The project is one part of a $1.25 billion dollar flood control initiative
Toronto, ON, Canada, has begun construction on the Cherry Street Storm Water and Lake Filling project. The project is part of a larger initiative—the $1.25 billion Port Lands Flood Protection project—which will protect the Port Lands area from flooding while enabling increased development and growth.
The Cherry Street Storm Water project broke ground Jan. 11 with representatives from local, regional and federal governments represented. According to a press release by Waterfront Toronto, the project looks to stabilize the shoreline, enhance aquatic habitat, form a new park and re-align Cherry Street. The project will rebuild the Cherry Street Bridge so that there is more room for storm water to flow through the Keating Channel. Additionally, the project will build wetlands and natural coastline features.
The larger Port Lands Flood Protection project will create a naturalized mouth for the Don River, redevelop the river valley and cleanup contaminated soil. The project, one of the most complex urban flood protection projects in Canada, aims for long-term, sustainable development of the Port Lands.