2020 Student Design Competition



2020 Student Design Competition

The Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual challenge that provides an opportunity for student teams to apply their knowledge to a current real world problem.

Since 2014, the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) has collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to use the SDC to promote emerging topics within the water industry such as resource recovery and sustainable infrastructure. The competition is supported by a municipality that provides a current and relevant problem.

The winner of the WEAO SDC will receive financial support from WEAO to compete at the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) annual SDC at the WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 4, 2020. With over 25,000 attendees, this is the world's largest water quality event.

The topic of the 2020 SDC is stormwater management at Mill Pond Park in the Town of Richmond Hill. Mill Pond is a pseudo-online stormwater management facility and there are concerns of dish passage and water quality and quantity control.

The goal of the project is to rehabilitate Mill Pond. Phase 1 proposals will provide recommendations to convert Mill Pond offline with low flow bypass to allow for fish passage, as well as provide thermal mitigation. Phase II proposals will provide recommendations on incorporation of low impact development measures in the Mill Pond drainage area and development of a sediment management plan for excavated material from Mill Pond.

Teams competing:

  1. University of Waterloo
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. Ryerson University
  4. University of Guelph
  5. University of Guelph
  6. University of Windsor
  7. University of Western Ontario
  8. University of Ottawa

Schedule for the day:

The event will be on Sunday, March 29th and run from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.  

Please note that this event is being conducted remotely between the competitors and the judges only.

  • WHERE: • Ryerson University - ENG Building, Room 101
  • WHEN: Sunday, March 29 - 10:00AM

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