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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Special Hearing on Truax Dam Partial Removal

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Plan hits snag over concerns from Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.

A special Section 28 Hearing under the Conservation Authority Act is being held on Friday Morning in Formosa.

The Executive on the SVCA Board of Directors will serve as the Hearing Board.

The plan to partially remove the Truax Dam in Walkerton has hit a major snag. 

Brockton is still awaiting approvals from both the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry .  (Approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been received.)

Engineer of the project Jeff Graham says the major hold up is the SVCA, saying he believes once the approval is received from this agency the Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry approval will follow.

SVCA staff however have not provided approval for the project due to concerns with the steep eroding cliff downstream of the dam which is in an active state of erosion.

Graham says while the engineers of the project are fairly confident the removal of the dam will not cause additional erosion, they have not been able to prove this to SVCA staff beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Because of the SVCA concern the project cannot be approved at the staff level and has been elevate to a Section 28 Hearing.

Graham is representing Brockton at the Hearing Friday morning (April 12th).

For two years Brockton has been working towards the partial removal of the Truax Dam which is in a very poor state.

The 550 thousand dollar project which would be financed by Bruce Power would partially remove a portion of the dam back to its natural state.

The project promises to improve fish migration and overall water quality as well as address liability and safety concerns for Brockton. 

Friday’s Hearing on the matter will determine the fate of Brockton’s partial dam removal project.

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