The Town of Whitby has announced a major clean-up of the Whitby Harbour.
Whitby Harbour is a federal property, owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and leased to the Town of Whitby. The town uses the property for Port of Whitby Marina and sub-leases a portion to the Whitby Yacht Club.
The sediment (the soft, solid material, like sand and mud) at the bottom of Whitby Harbour contains substances (or chemicals) of concern and is in need of remediation (or clean-up), said a town statement.
DFO is working with the Province of Ontario and the Town of Whitby to develop a plan to manage the contaminated sediment. DFO plans to remove contaminated sediment from the harbour and take it to an off-site landfill for proper disposal, it said.
The town said the project is still in its early stages of planning and remediation will not start before 2024.
To share information about this project, DFO will host an Open House Community Information Session on March 9 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Port Whitby Marina – Avalon Lounge – 301 Watson Street West Whitby, Ontario.
For more information visit www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/whitby-harbour.