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Next Phase of Cleanup Underway at Wet Lagoon Site in Hawkesbury

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Next Phase of Cleanup Underway at Wet Lagoon Site in Hawkesbury

Ontario Government Supports Healthy Environment

Ontario is moving forward with the cleanup of the Crown land portion of the Canadian International Paper wet lagoon in Hawkesbury.

The project includes cleanup of waste material at the site. Once completed, the project is expected to improve water and air quality, benefit wildlife and vegetation, and revive valuable waterfront lands in Hawkesbury. 

Protecting the environment is good for the economy and is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • In preparation for the cleanup, Ontario invested over $5 million into a two-year pilot to determine the most effective cleanup method for the site.
  • In May 2014, contracts were awarded to Conestoga-Rovers and Tervita Corporation to begin the cleanup, totalling approximately $18.5 million over three years.
  • Regular progress updates about the cleanup project are posted on the Town of Hawkesbury website.

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“I am proud that, through MPP Crack’s efforts, our government is supporting the cleanup of the wet lagoon site in Hawkesbury — an environmental challenge in this community for more than three decades. Once complete, Hawkesbury residents will enjoy cleaner air, cleaner water, and improved green space on this remediated portion of Crown waterfront land.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“I was pleased to announce today that construction is now underway at the CIP site. By investing in this cleanup project, Ontario is investing in the people of Hawkesbury and a healthy environment in our community for future generations.”

Grant Crack

MPP for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell

Media Contacts

  • Media Calls Only: Andrew Donnachie

    Minister’s Office


  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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