The Fourth International Symposium on Flood Defence will be held in Toronto, Ontario, from May 6 – 8, 2008. The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday morning, 6 May and will close on Thursday, 8 May. This congress will bring together some 400 delegates from all over the world. Representatives of various governmental organizations, academics, and consultants with interest and experience in management of floods will be participating in sessions:
Two tours will be available with one before the conference and one after the conference. The Niagara Falls bus tour is a scenic all day tour of the Falls area, while the Technical Tour is a four hour of the West Don Lands with a presentation and discussion.
1. Niagara Falls Bus Tour
May 9, 2008
Starts at $55.00 (CAD)
Buses depart Toronto by 9:00AM and return by evening. Pick up from most Toronto hotels. The bus will drive through the Fruit Belt of Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Wine Regions to the Scenic Niagara Parkway. At the Falls you will have approximately 4 hours to experience Niagara attractions. For an additional $14.00 you can experience the boat ride “Maid of the Mist”.
The word Niagara appears on maps as early as 1641. The Niagara Water Falls is located at the Niagara river which connects two large bodies of water. It is 58 kilometers (36 miles) and it starts at Lake Erie flowing north to Lake Ontario. Water entering the Niagara river represents approximately 20% of the world's fresh water. The Niagara river divides two great countries, Canada & USA. Just before the falls sites, the Niagara river splits to two and forms 2 water falls. The American Falls & the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
To reserve a ticket please contact reservations at:
Or toll free: 1-800-792-8877
Monday, May 5, 2008
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 (CAD)
West Don Lands Flood Protection
In 1980, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority identified the Lower Don as its number one flood risk site due to the extent of flooding and the number of structures and infrastructure impacted under the Regulatory flood. The regulatory flood is defined by the Province of Ontario as the flood under which its flood hazard policies are to be implemented. In this are of Ontario, the rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Hazel as it passed over the region is used to define this flood. Within the Lower Don, existing infrastructure and past lake filling results in a wide expanse of potential floodplain and therefore creates long term risk and planning issues which must be dealt with.
Current planning initiatives also are looking to change existing land use thereby increasing the potential for flood risk. To allow for a revitalization of this area including changes in land use, permanent flood protection must be provided to eliminate risks related to flooding under the existing provincial policies.
The Flood protection works underway within the West Don Lands area are designed to deal with removing existing flood risk from an area of some 210 hectares allowing for the redevelopment of close to 30 hectares of these lands presently flood prone. A number of flood protection components are required, including the widening of an existing rail line bridge over the river and the construction of a large earthen berm known as a Flood Protection Landform. Additional minor works including some changes to a utility bridge to improve local hydraulic conditions and continued downstream dredging are also components To date, the rail bridge widening has been completed, construction of the berm is underway , planning to improve the utility bridge has begun and downstream dredging within the Keating Channel continues.
Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel – Room: Dockside 1
1 hour presentation by:
Donald R. Haley, P.Eng.
Water Management Technical Advisor
Resource Science Section
Following the presentation guests will board a bus picking up in the front lobby at 2:00 p.m. Return to hotel at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Must be pre-registered to attend.