Track 2 Day 1: Auger


Overcoming Barriers for Successful SWM Pond Inspection and Maintenance for Municipalities in the Lake Simcoe Watershed and Elsewhere in Ontario

Wednesday March 25, 2020
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Hall F)


This presentation will highlight the collaborative efforts of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to address stormwater management (SWM) pond inspection, maintenance, and monitoring barriers identified by Lake Simcoe watershed municipalities.

It will also discuss opportunities, including best practices, training, and/or revised prioritization methods that municipalities are encouraged to use to overcome these obstacles.

The overall objective for this project is to support municipalities with improving their SWM pond inspection, maintenance, and monitoring methods to ensure these features are functioning effectively and protecting valued ecosystem components and public safety.

The prioritization methodology to be presented remains malleable and allows for adaptation to suit the needs of each Municipality within the recommended evaluation criteria, sub criteria, and associated weighting. Additional categories may also be added as needed.


Learning Objectives

1. Understand how improvements to SWM pond inspection maintenance methods will support the features functioning more effectively, while prolonging lifespan.

2. Learn about next step plans, including adapting the SWM Pond inspection and maintenance training for delivery in other jurisdictions in Ontario, based on interest expressed.

3. Learn how prioritization methodology will support municipalities with limited resourcing to address maintenance and repair where feasible.



Steve Auger

Steve Auger

Steve Auger is Stormwater Management Coordinator​​ for Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA).

Steve is a water resources engineer and hydrologist, specializing in stormwater management (SWM) and erosion and sediment control, with more than 10 years of consulting practice.

Steve joined LSRCA in 2014 as the SWM specialist. In his current role, he provides leadership in research and innovation, training, and other outreach strategies to increase the advancement of low impact development (LID) and other innovative green infrastructure solutions for SWM within the Lake Simcoe Basin.

Tim Krsul

Tim Krsul

Tim Krsul is a Senior Program Advisor with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

Tim completed graduate work at the University of Guelph, and undergraduate work at Brock University. He brings 25 years of environmental management experience to the MECP Operation Division.