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Progress On Truax Dam Project

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Next summer, the Saugeen River will look different at the Walkerton Truax Dam site.

Come next summer, the Saugeen River will look a lot different at the Walkerton Truax Dam site.

The partial dam removal project promises to benefit fish migration, improve overall water quality, address liability and safety concerns as well as create a healthier ecosystem where aquatic life can thrive.

Engineer Jeff Graham says the as part of the plan, a portion of the east side of the dam will be removed and pebble beach area will be created on the west side which will include new access points to the river for canoeists, kayakers and anglers.

The dam removal project was spearheaded by the Lake Huron Fishing Club that wanted to improve the river quality and fish migration and habitat.

Bruce Power has since become involved and has agreed to finance the project which is expected to cost about 380 thousand dollars

The project will involve the dam structure being partially removed and the area being rehabilitated to a more natural state.

Councillor Chris Peabody notes it will also address safety concerns and note that in the 80’s two Sacred Heart High School students lost their lives at the Truax Dam.

Brockton has been discussing the fate of the Truax dam for 13 years now.

The decision to move ahead to tender this summer with work beginning in August of 2019 is a huge step forward.

In a released statement Mayor David Inglis says Brockton is pleased to work with the Lake Huron Fishing Club and Bruce Power on this important environmental project.

Lake Huron Fishing Club President Phil Hahn is very excited about this project calling it a great opportunity to improve the health and integrity of the river for generations to come.

In the same statement Bruce Power Vice President James Scongack adds “We are proud to be a part of the Truax Dam Removal Project, which will have important, long-term benefits to fish species in our area.”

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