Construction has begun on the partial removal of the Truax Dam along the Saugeen River in Walkerton.
Mayor Chris Peabody is pleased the project is now underway.
He says the project promises to benefit fish migration, improve overall water quality, address liability and safety concerns regarding the deteriorating dam as well as create a healthier ecosystem for aquatic life.
Over the coming weeks 55 percent of the Truax Dam will be removed and the river will be reverted to a more natural state.
The project involves removing the east portion of the dam and creating a pebble beach area on west side which will include new access points to the river for canoeists, kayakers and anglers.
The project is expected to take between 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
This project was spearheaded by the Lake Huron Fishing Club as a means of improving fish migration along the Saugeen River.
Bruce Power is financing the entire $565,000 project.
Brockton reminds residents that river activity in this area should be avoided while construction is taking place.
A portion of the Saugeeen River Trail near the Truax Dam has been closed during the partial removal of the Truax Dam.
Construction has started for the partial removal of the #TruaxDam on the #SaugeenRiver in #Walkerton, and is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks. The Saugeen River Trail is closed until October 1 during construction. Visit https://t.co/ikiTtA9FWu for regular updates. pic.twitter.com/vSRptySopV— Brockton (@Mun_Brockton) August 13, 2019