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Truax Dam Partial Removal Moving Ahead

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Project has been discussed and debate since 2005.

A project to improve the water quality and fish habitat in Walkerton’s Saugeen River will begin this summer.

It's a project that has been discussed and debated since 2005. 

The partial removal of the Walkerton Truax Dam is finally moving forward.

Mayor Chris Peabody says project cannot begin until at least August when the Saugeen River is at low flow.

The project involves removing 55 percent of the deteriorating Truax Dam and returning this portion of the river back to a more natural state.

The project which was spearheaded by the Lake Huron Fishing Club to improve fish migration and water quality has been the subject of debate for the Municipality of Brockton for 14 years. (2005)

Fortunately for Brockton taxpayers, Bruce Power is covering the 565 thousand dollar partial removal project. (+HST)

The Lake Huron Fishing Club has also played an instrumental role covering the costs associated with the past Environmental Assessment (20 thousand dollars) and the recent Risk Management Plan and additional insurance coverage (15 thousand) for the project.

Peabody is eager to see this project to fruition which promises to improve fish migration and overall water quality as well as address liability and safety concerns for Brockton. 

The project will revert this portion of the Sagueen River back to a more natural state.

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