Waterdale Park drainage

Project Description

The Waterdale Dry Pond was constructed in 2023 on County-owned land in the Waterdale Park subdivision. The dry pond was recommended following historic flooding in 2020. A dry pond protects the community from flooding by providing a temporary holding area for stormwater to collect during heavy downpours.

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Commitment to Residents

In 2024, Sturgeon County will…

  • Create a welcoming community space that reflects resident input.
  • Adjust the berm, if needed, to residents’ preferred height.
  • Communicate with Waterdale Park residents throughout this work.



  • February 20, 2024
    Provide Your Input

    As the project nears completion, Sturgeon County is gathering public input to:

    • Ensure the landscaping of the dry pond considers residents’ needs and wants.
    • Ensure the berm height is supported by most residents.

    Provide Your Input

    Public input received on February 20, 2024, will be used to determine the berm height and to help shape the landscape design of the dry pond area.


    The Waterdale Dry Pond has not been landscaped. To build a beautiful space that reflects the needs and aspirations of the community, we’d like your help to
    design the landscaping.

    Public input will help shape the landscaping design.

    While budget will be a factor for the landscaping design, we encourage Waterdale residents to think about how they want to use the area around the dry pond. Perhaps it’s a space for residents to walk their dog, toboggan with family, or enjoy peaceful moments in nature. We encourage residents to think about features that can enhance the space, such as benches, xeriscaping or native trees/shrubs.

    Berm Height

    To develop the dry pond, Sturgeon County had to remove soil. Some of this soil was used for the nearby Range Road 220 construction project and the rest of the soil was used to construct the berm.

    The County initially estimated the berm to be three metres high, based on the amount of soil to be removed from the dry pond area and the amount of soil to be used for the Range Road 220 construction project. Less soil was needed for the construction project, which meant more soil would be added to the berm. The existing berm height is roughly 4.5 metres.

    We’ve heard from some residents that they want the berm height reduced.

    Public input will determine the berm height.

    If the berm height is lowered to three metres, the additional soil will be kept in the community where possible, but could be used in other areas. The County will try to recover costs associated with removal to ensure good value for taxes.

    A taller berm may provide the following benefits:

    • visual separation from the highway
    • sound barrier from highway traffic
    • increased privacy
    • decreased cost

    Keeping You Informed

    We are committed to keeping you informed as this project moves forward.

    We will prepare a What We Heard Report to summarize how your input influenced decisions, and to let you know the final decisions on the berm height and landscaping design. This report will be shared at SturgeonCounty.ca/project/Waterdale, and Waterdale residents will be notified by letter when it is available.

  • November 10, 2023

    The hydroseeding is now done in the Waterdale Park subdivision stormwater management facility.


  • September 15, 2023

    Work on this project is underway.

  • November 22, 2022

    Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

  • July 11, 2022

    A wetland assessment is underway.

  • October 22, 2021

    In 2021, work started on drainage improvements to mitigate the risk of flooding in the community. The County hired WSP as the consulting engineer for this project.

    The project involves assessing the existing wetlands and constructing a drainage ditch to improve drainage through the community. A temporary dry pond facility was created in the reserve lot at the northeast side of the community. A retention pond will hold the runoff from rain and snowmelt and slowly release it downstream.

    Construction has been moved to 2022.


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Sturgeon County offices will be closed Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Offices will re-open Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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