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Updates: Howson Dam, North Maitland River

The motion, presented on Monday night, suggested by the committee calls for North Huron Council to approve an engineering study to determine the future of the dam and set out a schedule for fundraising for the rehabilitation of the structure. If that schedule cannot be met, however, the recommendation calls for the removal of the structure.

Articles:

9 July 2020:  North Huron Council approves engineering study on Howson Dam, BY DENNY SCOTT

15 Aug 2019:   ‘It’s going to be black or white’: North Huron council approves funding Howson Dam committee to speak to engineers, experts, by Mike Wilson


The Problem with Hydropower – Damnation Trailer

Ontario has hundreds, if not thousands of dams that are unsafe and no longer serving any useful purpose.  These dams are blocking fish passage, degrading water quality, fragmenting habitat, threatening species at risk and sensitive cold water species.   ORA is working to take them out.  Check out this excellent overview of the problems with hydropower:

This film explores the evolution of our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers. Produced by Matt Stoecker & Travis Rummel Directed by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel.

Update: Gorrie Dam on the North Maitland River to be Decommissioned

Part of the earthen berm to the south of the dam failed in June 2017. In June 2019, after reviewing a study of alternatives for the dam, the Conservation Authority membership decided to begin the process of decommissioning the structure which is located at Gorrie Conservation Area.

Maitland Conservation Moves Ahead With Next Steps at Gorrie Conservation Area, 6 July 2020, by Maitland CA


Town of Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant – Concerns over Brook Trout and Fish Habitat on the West Credit River

Finally, the West Credit River is a headwaters tributary of the Credit River and is considered the crown jewel of coldwater brook trout fisheries in Ontario. This fishery significantly adds to the economic and social fabric of the province, with Ontario fisheries contributing a total of approximately $2.5 billion annually to the provincial economy.  MNRF’s own documents predict that climate change will reduce the number of watersheds in Ontario with brook trout by 50% by 2050.

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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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