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ORA Support for the East Branch Weir Removal Project, Eramosa River

East Channel Dam in low flow summer season – no flow moving through the dam to the East Channel of the Eramosa

The ORA is pleased to support the Eden Mills Eramosa River Conservation Association (EMERCA) application for an EcoAction Community Funding Grant for the East Branch Weir Removal Project on the Eramosa River in Eden Mills, Ontario. This Project includes the removal of an existing steel control structure at the top of the East Channel of the Eramosa River, and the naturalization and remediation of this section of the River. Removing the weir would expand the coldwater fishery, increase flows and build resilience to the effects of a warming climate.

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ERO-019-1060 – Proposal to amend Ontario Regulation 454/96 (Construction) to provide alternative regulatory approval requirements for repairs to existing low hazard wetland dams

The Rudd Dam’s headpond had essentially turned into a large wetland created by over 100 years of sediment accumulating behind the dam, and the shallow pond’s water temperature was no longer viable brook trout habitat.  After the removal of the Rudd Dam the water temperature was reduced and brook trout habitat was made more resilient to a warming climate.  It was also an earthen dam that had already failed once, and the dam owner’s objective was to reduce his risk and liability.

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Congratulations to Jack Imhof, winner of the French River Guided Boat Tour

Congratulations to Jack Imhof, winner of a guided boat tour for 2 people on the historic French River in French River Provincial Park.

Jack won this amazing prize when his name was entered into a draw after making a donation in a Crowdfunding Campaign for the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project.  

ORA would also like to offer our sincere thanks to Jim Rook for donating this amazing prize in support of our crowdfunding campaign.

 


Congratulations to Jane Litchfield, winner of the Autumn Cascades print!

A Big congratulations to Jane Litchfield, of Guelph – the winner of this beautiful Autumn Cascades print, by Mary-Dawn Roberts!!

Jane won this lovely print when her name was entered into a draw after making a donation to the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project. The  print is a limited edition giclee on a 20″x40″ canvas, printed with archival inks, coated with ultraviolet varnish and enhanced with a float frame to a value of $750.00.

ORA would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Mary-Dawn for donating this amazing print in support of our crowdfunding campaign.  You helped make Hanlon Creek a healthier home for local Guelph Brook Trout.  Thank you!

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Garden House Gallery
1953 Victoria Road S
Guelph, Ontario


Advocating for Decommissioning of the Howson Dam, North Maitland River

Howson Dam at capacity in the 24 June 2017 storm event.

ORA has seen few dams that attract tourists to a town, but large healthy rivers and fisheries appear to be more attractive, especially to anglers and canoeists, that can bring additional tourist dollars into the community.

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Media Release: Putting the ‘Blue’ Back in the ‘Green’ City

GUELPH –On September 10th, with the sounds of a jackhammer hammering in the background, the Hanlon Creek monitoring weir was removed within Preservation Park in the City of Guelph. The motivation behind the removal of the weir was multi-purpose. The project objectives were to remove the weir to improve the ability of fish to migrate upstream, while simultaneously lowering the upstream water level, which will narrow the channel and result in cooler stream temperatures.

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Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Complete

It’s done – the barrier to fish passage has been removed.

I’m happy to report that the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project was completed today!!  The middle portion of the weir has been removed and the stream bed rehabilitated.  Brook Trout are now able to access an additional 3.6 km of coldwater habitat and the stream has been made more resilient to a warming climate.

Warm thanks to all our volunteers and supporters for your generosity and caring!

A great article in the 8 September 2019 edition of the Guelph Today:
Community fills 3-tonnes of sandbags to kick start the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project