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Urban Watershed Group (UWG)
is recognized for and specializes in creative and innovative urban land and civil engineering solutions for planners, developers and public sector clients. The team includes environmental, municipal and water resources engineering and other information technology specialists affiliated with the Greenland Group of Companies. UWG provides diverse services and leading-edge capabilities that can support the success of the most challenging urban land projects today. UWG was established in 2002 as a consulting firm with various civil engineering business units that were self-managed, yet worked together as a composite team to produce cost-effective results. In 2006, the company joined GREENLAND® to strengthen its capabilities within increasingly competitive markets and to use all proprietary GREENLAND® decision support system and smart analytical tools. Since incorporation, UWG continues to help shape the world around us – including time-tested experience, comprehensive resources and intelligent solutions for urban land projects.

In February 2017, PLAN by DESIGN initiated a strategic alliance with GREENLAND® to support an accelerated UWG growth trajectory. PLAN by DESIGN was established to provide comprehensive consulting services in Urban Land Planning and Landscape Architecture. The company is licensed by the Canadian Institute of Planning and Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and provides urban design, landscape, architecture, site planning, land use planning, and site development services to private and public sector clients. The partners have practiced urban planning and landscape architecture for almost 20 years - focusing on community improvement, sustainability, and “pedestrian first ” designs. PLAN by DESIGN is committed to providing excellence in community design and implementing appropriate solutions for complex land development problems. Supported by other GREENLAND® team members, PLAN by DESIGN works closely with its clients and associated professionals to create “distinctive places and beautiful spaces.” Projects include streets, waterfronts, parks, trails, urban spaces and natural systems.

The key to Urban Watershed’s success is its people. Direct principal involvement in every project gives clients the experienced project management, effective communication and technical expertise they deserve. From initial meetings through planning, project development and construction, a UWG principal provides experienced coordination and assurance that your project receives the vital resources and hands-on expertise to make it successful. The company also has respected relationships with governmental and regulatory decision-makers and an unequaled grasp of local building and development regulations in the Canadian market. UWG continues to be an extraordinarily versatile company for site and civil engineering projects. We have successfully worked on numerous large and complex mixed-use projects and are recognized as industry leaders in solving challenging issues.
 

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University of Guelph

The reappearance of excessive nutrient loading in Lake Erie and the subsequent algae blooms is an extremely complex issue and is quite different in nature than the previous phosphorous loadings in the 1970s. Unlike the issue in the 1970s, there are far more sources adding nutrients to the late and these sources are diverse in nature ranging from rural to urban. In order to understand the nutrient loading, both in the temporal and spatial domains, more complex analytic and predictive tools are required in order to help policy make sound, science based, and defendable solutions.

The University of Guelph is uniquely positioned to help address the issues around Lake Erie with long standing core strengths in both the agricultural sector and the environmental field. In conjunction with our partner, Greenland Consulting Engineers, and their watershed evaluation tool (CANWETTM), we believe that we have the engineering and technology to extrapolate CANWETTM from the watershed level up to the lake basin level and provide decision-making support for the entire Lake Erie basin.

Hussein Abdullah, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Director, School of Engineering
University of Guelph

January, 26 2015
 

County of Simcoe

The County of Simcoe is the upper tier government and planning authority for most of the South Georgian Bay – Lake Simcoe Source Water Protection Region. The County, in partnership with its member municipalities, other levels of government, floodplain management agencies and two (2) conservation authorities, also provides leadership through policy, and actively in the restoration and protection of the environmental health and quality of these watersheds. As you know, in order to comply with, and be environmentally proactive with respect to the Province of Ontario’s “Places to Grow” legislation, the County of Simcoe utilized innovative decision support tools such as Greenland’s CANWET™ model. In 2012, CANWET™ was also used by the County to prepare a “Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Visioning Strategy”. To this day, the information in the Strategy’s final report is used by local municipalities, development interests and other stakeholders as a background reference to help identify sustainable development solutions.
 
This letter confirms the County of Simcoe's commitment of support which includes initially facilitating the introduction of this landmark international collaboration with all 16 local municipalities, other governments (small and large) and other agencies that partner now with the County of Simcoe on land use planning; infrastructure renewal; and flooding risk/damage reduction initiatives.
 
As always, I look forward to our continued working relationship with you and your colleagues and the significant benefits these efforts will have for our residents and environment. The County of Simcoe appreciates your efforts towards developing information based decision making tools and we are confident that this project will prove beneficial in our collaborative goal to improve watershed health for all County residents.

Mark Aitken
Chief Administration Officer
The Corporation of the County of Simcoe

October 19, 2015
 

Township of Adjala-Tosorontio

As Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, I would like to commend Greenland on their successful completion of the Everett Secondary Plan Master Servicing Plan and Class Environmental Assessment.
 
The level of service and timely delivery of all reports, analyses and correspondence was greatly appreciated by Township staff. Greenland’s innovative solutions and prompt responses to issues raised by the Town Staff Approvals Agencies and the affected public throughout the EA Process were very important, and we look forward to working with your team on future projects.

To that end, our team at the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio would be pleased to provide references for your firm on similar projects in future

Eric Wargel
Chief Administrative Officer
The Corporation of the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio

April 16, 2013
 

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