Mnogin Constructed Wetland to Support Sustainable Water Treatment

Nipissing First Nation (NFN) has recently (September 2022) completed the initial stages of constructing a containerized greenhouse. The project, known as the Mnogin Greenhouse, means ""Grow Well"" in Nbisiing Nishnaabemwin. The project involves three growing units producing a variety of fresh lettuce and herbs and one packing unit to prepare the products for distribution to the community and customers. Mnogin Greenhouse's goal is to address the critical needs of providing better and healthier food security for our members while strengthening our food sovereignty, especially in times of increasingly frequent and severe climatic events (i.e. increasing rainfall intensity and drought). All units have been purchased from The Growcer and are scheduled to be shipped to our site in Jocko Point in mid-October 2022. The project contemplated in this application aims to equip the Mnogin Greenhouse with a Constructed Wetland (CW) designed to treat the facility's wastewater in an ecologically sound manner. The proposed CW would reside within the Administrative Boundaries of NFN in the community of Jocko Point and on the northern edge of the Jocko Point Raised Beach Complex (JRBC). The JRBC is classified as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI), representing lands and waters containing critical natural landscapes and features important for natural heritage, protection, appreciation, scientific study or education. Studies conducted by NFN Lands and Resources Department within the complex indicate the complex and connecting ecosystems support a dense and healthy moose population and various species at risk (SAR) and are critical to Lake Nipissing's migratory bird and wading bird populations. To facilitate the protection of the low-laying JRBC complex and, in the spirit of the ""two-eyed seeing"" approach to stewardship, the proposed project would enhance awareness of sustainable and ecologically safe economic activities while also creating capacity and educational opportunities relating to natural infrastructure, wastewater and environmental protection. NFN has worked with an expert, experienced environmental engineering firm that is enthusiastic about the project and prepared to design a custom solution that will meet our needs and protect the environment. Having the appropriate solution to manage wastewater in the long term is critical for the overall success of the Mnogin Greenhouse initiative and for protecting our natural environments for the benefit of our community members for generations to come.

Latest update

[October 17, 2023] - The authorities have determined that the proposed project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Therefore, the authorities may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the project to be carried out in whole or in part.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - October 17, 2023
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - October 17, 2023


Infrastructure Canada
Calvin Kemm, Senior Environmental Review and Approvals Officer
1100-180 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 613-292-8120

  • Location

    • Mnogin Constructed Wetland to Support Sustainable Water Treatment (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Agriculture
    • Water Management
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Nipissing First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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