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Monday, April 15, 2019

Truax Dam Work Approved

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

A decision has been made to partially remove the Walkerton Truax Dam.

A decision has been made in the Section 28 Hearing that was held at the
Saugeen Conservation Authority.

The hearing involved a Brockton application to alter a watercourse in the
Saugeen River in Walkerton.

The partial removal of the Walkerton Truax Dam has been given the green
light, however there are a dozen conditions that must be met including:

-appropriate sediment and erosion controls,

-specific time of year when the work can be done,

-all activities must be controlled to prevent the entry of petroleum
products, debris and other deleterious substances into the watercourse.

-Brockton must agree to sign an agreement to save the SVCA harmless with
regard to any claims from landowners associated with this project.

Saugeen Conservation Authority General Manager Wayne Brohman calls it a good
compromise.

Brohman says Conservation staff have looked favorable on the project all
along, however due to Board policy they were unable to provide their stamp of
approval on the application.

This is because Project Engineers were unable to prove beyond a shadow of a
doubt that the partial dam removal project would not have a negative impact on
the already eroding cliff downstream of the dam.  (100 foot cliff along
Valleyside - very steep)

As such, the matter had to go before a Section 28 Hearing under the
Conservation Act for approval, the Hearing Board was made up of Executives from
the Conservation Board of Directors.

Now that the ruling has been made, Brockton has 30 days to appeal upon
receiving notice.

The 550 thousand dollar project which will be financed by Bruce Power
promises to improve fish migration and overall water quality as well as address
liability and safety concerns for Brockton.

The dam has been deteriorating over the years, and the parital removal
project will help address this while returning the Saugeen river to a more
natural state.

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