Update: The Upper Thames Conservation Authority went with the most popular, Alternative #4, which is to construct a naturalized channel with offline ponds/wetlands – see photo above.
There are very few thriving Brook Trout populations left in southern Ontario, and it is especially surprising to find them present as far south as London, Ontario. Brook Trout are a sentinel species – the canary in the coal mine. In southern Ontario, Brook Trout populations have seen an 80% decline in their numbers over the last 50 years. Their populations have been under increasing pressure from a warming climate as well as agricultural, urban, rural and industrial development.
Removing the Dam and headpond to create a free-flowing and healthy coldwater Brook Trout fishery would be the perfect place for a family to go for walk, play or picnic in the Embro Conservation Area. It would provide a healthy riverine ecosystem and a beautiful natural environment for the entire community to enjoy!!
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.
Dams are harmful because they block the flow of rivers, prevent migrating fish from swimming upstream, and create reservoirs that drown rapids and riverside habitat. (Read “10 Ways Dams Damage Rivers”)
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the rivers and streams of the United States, and last year they reached the milestone of 1,000 dams removed in the country. Of these, the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, which stood at 210 feet, is the tallest to ever be dismantled.
With the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams both being removed, the Elwha River can flow freely for the first time in 100 years, restoring over 70 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat. The newly reopened waters of the Elwha will provide new stretches for paddlers to explore, more fish for anglers to pursue, and more pristine natural beauty in Olympic National Park for hikers and nature lovers to behold.