Category Archives: Eramosa River

Save the East Channel of the Eramosa River

Upper Dam diverts flow from East Channel into West Channel of Eramosa River

Upper Dam diverts flow from East Channel into West Channel of Eramosa River

The East Channel is a stretch of the Eramosa River that runs through the village of Eden Mills, between Rockwood and the city of Guelph.  The East Channel was once a pristine river ecosystem; however, for years, it  has been in a state of decline.  Why?  Because a private dam was built without an environmental assessment or permits in the early 1990s, and blocks water from flowing down into the East Channel during the low flow summer months when the river and aquatic life need it the most.  Even though there could be as much as 20 inches of water in the river at the entrance of the East Channel, the Upper Dam blocks the flow completely at those times.  This dam continues to cause significant and alarming environmental harm to the East Channel’s river ecosystem. Continue reading


Eramosa River Upper Dam – East Channel, Eden Mills – Safety Issues

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STEC members are riparian landowners living within the flood plain area immediately downstream of the Upper Dam, and not withstanding the environmental impacts resulting from flow being totally cut off during low-flow periods, they are extremely concerned about the safety of their families and property in the event that this unauthorized and unapproved dam could fail during a high water or extreme weather event. Continue reading


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