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Concerns Raised Over Erosion Of Maitland River

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Mike Dawson spoke with Huron County council about erosion of Maitland River's north shore.

Interest groups representing trail users in the Goderich area are looking for a united approach, to dealing with bank erosion along the north shore of the Maitland River.

Mike Dawson and Kathleen Lush Wednesday spoke to Huron County Council on behalf of the Menesetung Bridge Association, the Maitland Trail Association and the G2G Rail Trail Committee.

Dawson tells Country 104.9 News that the groups hope the County will get involved in the issue by appointing a Councillor and a staff member to a joint committee.

The committee would be made up of user groups and representatives of nearby local governments.

Dawson believes there is strength in numbers, and that a diverse group of people can better address the erosion issue with unique ideas.

He adds that among other things, a combination of private and public representation will help when it comes time to apply for grants from the province.

Dawson speaks to the urgency of remediating the north bank of the Maitland, saying that a delay of several years will make the work more intensive and expensive.

An engineer's report recommends prevention of further undercutting from stream flow, by placing armour stone in the bank.

Huron County Council has voted in favour of a staff report on the liaison request.

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