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Exempting dams from requiring a Permit to Take Water – ERO-019-2517

Melville Dam, Credit River, breached on 26 June 2017

ORA submits that the MECP’s priority must be the pursuit of its Statement of Environmental Values (SEV), and its vision and mandate of “an Ontario with clean and safe air, land and water that contributes to healthy communities, ecological protection, and environmentally sustainable development for present and future generations[i].  There is nothing in the MECP’s SEV that promises to “remove the regulatory burden” from industry or “provide some cost savings for dam owners and operators”.  It is not the MECP’s duty to save dam owners and operators money or ease their regulatory burden. Its duty is to fulfill its Mandate to protect the environment and to follow its promise of environmentally sustainable development for our present and future generations.  Certainly, MECP’s priority should not be to cut regulatory burden at the expense of our air, land and water.  It is a tragedy that today’s cost savings for dam owners and operators will be borne on the backs of our children and grandchildren.

[i] Statement of Environmental Values: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

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Misner Dam Removal – Save the Lynn, by Richard Delaney

Misner Dam News Updates:

2019:  Misner Dam repair bill already way over budget
2019:  Tender call coming for Misner Dam
2019:  Misner Dam ‘task force’ to “create a road map”
2019: Task force charts course on Silver Lake 
2018:  Misner Dam’s Future is Up in the Air
2016:  The County of Norfolk Council voted 6 to 2 to repair the Misner Dam
2016:  County told repairs of $929,000 should make Misner Dam good for another 25 years
2015:  Mayor Luke takes Misner Dam, Silver Lake issues to MNR
2015:  Where are we with Port Dover’s Misner’s Dam
2014:  Friends of Silver Lake Show County Owns Misner Dam
2013:  Misner Dam can’t hold back ‘Super Flood’

A presentation made by Richard Delaney at ORA’s 28 October 2012 Annual General Meeting.

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