Don Forbes joined Waterfront Toronto in early 2018 as a Project Director to oversee the design and implementation of earthworks, soil management activities and soil remediation on the Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project. Prior to joining Waterfront Toronto Don oversaw environmental investigation and management activities in support of the GO Train expansion program, construction of Light Rail Transit and the development of new stations for Metrolinx. From 2010 through 2012 he undertook the design and execution of the environmental site assessment and brownfields approvals program for the redevelopment of Toronto’s West Don Lands as the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Athletes’ Village, Canary District, River City, Corktown Common and Underpass Park while working with Infrastructure Ontario.
Forging a New Don River Through the Port Lands: Strategies for Soil Remediation and Re-Use
The construction of a new, naturalized mouth of the Don River in downtown Toronto, Ontario involves the excavation of 1.4 million cubic meters of contaminated soil. The economic and technical viability of this project requires the remediation and reuse of the majority of this soil. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history and status of this transformative redevelopment project and will delve into the strategies implemented to reuse soil and the remediation technologies being utilized to meet the goals of this ambitious, city building undertaking.