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Cole Engineering is excited to announce that John Helka from the City of Hamilton and our own Mark Bassingthwaite, Vice President of Water Management, are hosting a discussion of the Enhancement of the Windermere Basin in the City of Hamilton.

This discussion is part of the Water and Climate Dialogue Series, held in conjuction with World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8).
The seminar is hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).  For more information on UNU-INWEH, please go to or their Twitter account.

The project, led by the City of Hamilton and completed in 2012, restored a 14 ha coastal wetland in Hamilton Harbour at the mouth of Red Hill Creek. The wetland is now home to a population of Common Tern, is a productive “fish factory” (including a fishway to move fish into and out of the wetland while excluding adult carp) and provides unique bird watching opportunities.

The project was selected as an Ontario Public Works Association Environment Category Project of the Year in 2013.

The event will be a combination of presentation and the site tour. Together, the dialogue and field visit will provide an overview of the process followed to complete the successful Enhancement of Windermere Basin. The presentation will include:

  • An overview of the design and construction process which commenced in 2007 and was completed in 2012 and an overview of management activities which have occurred since the completion of construction.
  • A summary of the results of ecological monitoring which has occurred at the site since construction, including significant fish collections and bird observations.
  • The “lessons learned” from successful completion of the project, including the importance of an active and engaged stakeholder group.
For more information about the Windermere Basin project, please click here. For more information about the event please click here.