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Working together to Plan for the future

We believe in the importance of working with the Edmonton community. We're continually looking for ways to engage with Gold Bar community members. Your feedback has helped us developed five shared outcome statements that we have built into our long term plan. These written commitments were created with stakeholders and have been built into our long-term planning documents to guide how we will design, build and operate at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant for decades.

Our shared goals with the community

We've worked together with the community to create five shared outcome statements.

Our shared outcome statements

How we've engaged with the community

From committees to open houses, we continue to seek your feedback to build a plan that the community can stand behind.

How we're engaging with you

Our shared outcomes = shared goals

With special interest groups, recreational users and residents near the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Edmonton, we established five shared outcome statements EPCOR and the Gold Bar community can commit to:

Quality of life: The Gold Bar wastewater treatment facility is operated, maintained and updated in a way that reduces impacts to stakeholders and improves quality of life regarding odour, noise and enjoyment of parks and recreation.

Safety: Community, public and worker safety and health are protected.

Relationship: An honest, transparent, trusting and respectful long-term relationship is developed between EPCOR and Gold Bar WWTP stakeholders.

Environment: Pollution is prevented. The impact of the Gold Bar WWTP on air, land, water, climate and ecosystems is reduced.

Reliable, responsible and sustainable: The Gold Bar WWTP is designed, maintained and operated in a prudent and responsible manner.

​Design principles: How we will achieve our shared outcomes together

The Design Principles define how EPCOR will achieve the goals described in the five Shared Outcome Statements and provide a framework to guide the evolution of the site. They will be incorporated into our planning documents for the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

 

Learn more about the other commitments
we've built into our long term plan.

Our commitments to you

How we've engaged with the community

Working together, EPCOR and the Gold Bar Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) created a public engagement framework, which outlines the different levels of public engagement and how EPCOR will get feedback or work with the community, special interest groups and recreational users around the Gold Bar WWTP.

​Gold Bar Citizen Planning Committee

EPCOR organized a Citizen Planning Committee to take part in three community workshop sessions to focus on operations at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment plant. These collaborative workshop sessions brought together neighboring residential communities, educational and recreational groups, representatives from the City of Edmonton and other interested parties.

The sessions focused on how EPCOR can operate the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant in an environmentally- and socially-responsible manner that minimizes impacts on neighbors and area users, while still meeting the needs of the broader Edmonton population and Gold Bar's ongoing operations.

Participants either live near the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (GBWWTP) or frequently recreate in Gold Bar Park, on its trails, or in the river valley near the facility. The workshops were held on February 27, March 19, and May 14, 2019.

Community Open House

EPCOR held an open house on June 25, 2019 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Highlands Golf Club.  During this event we demonstrated our commitment to keeping all future development at Gold Bar WWTP within our existing fenceline, and participants had the opportunity to provide feedback on:

  • Shared goals (outcomes) between EPCOR and the surrounding community;
  • Design principles that will guide future development at the Gold Bar WWTP;
  • Our proposed public engagement framework, which will guide how EPCOR interacts with the community on projects and operations at the Gold Bar WWTP;
  • Long term planning at the Gold Bar WWTP;
  • Renewable energy and flaring reduction;
  • Odour reduction plans; and
  • Employee safe movement and hygiene plan (parking lot & operations center project).

If you would like to provide feedback or have any questions about operations or planned work at the Gold Bar WWTP, contact us at:

Phone: 780-412-3599
Email: Goldbarproject@epcor.com

Community Liaison Committee

EPCOR has managed a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) specific to the ongoing operations of the Gold Bar WWTP for over ten years. The CLC provides an opportunity for members to learn and give feedback on our work to provide reliable and high-quality water and wastewater services. The CLC is a very important link to the communities surrounding the Gold Bar WWTP. Members of the CLC sit on the committee for two years, and the group is comprised of 10 to 15 volunteers. It meets several times a year. The new CLC term (2019 to 2021) will have their first kick-off meeting in September 2019.

  Community events

We also attend community events, such as Highlandia and the Greater Hardisty Community Day, when possible to share educational information about wastewater treatment, talk with community members about our projects and operations, and answer any questions they may have.

  Plant tours

We have a longstanding partnership with RiverWatch to support student learning. Over the past 18 years, more than 50,000 students have toured through our Gold Bar plant. In the summer of 2018, Gold Bar was part of RiverWatch's new River Ambassador Program, which brought community members by our plant as part of an on-water learning experience.