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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Goderich Approves Shoreline Stabilization

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Town council gives go-ahead for shoreline stabilizing project to begin, following eroding storms.

Work is expected to begin shortly, on stabilizing the Lake Huron shore along Goderich's beach area.

Town Council Monday gave the go-ahead for the project to start.

Director of Operations Chip Wilson tells Country 104.9 News that Huron District Contracting will carry out the work.

He says the areas worst affected by an early-November windstorm are at the north end of the beaches, near the water treatment plant and Beach Street Station.

It's not known yet exactly how much the work will cost, but armour stone of various sizes is being brought in from Owen Sound to help shore up the waterfront.

Councillor Matt Hoy agrees the work needs to be done quickly, but admits to being uncomfortable with the town issuing what he calls "a blank cheque" to the contractor.

Wilson adds that Environment Canada predicts that water levels in Lake Huron are expected to keep rising, which adds urgency to complete the work soon.

The federal agency says levels could be as much as 12 inches higher in January and February, than they were in the same two months this year.

The shoreline stabilization project has already been approved by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, while engineering firm B.M. Ross is supplying technical assistance and advice.

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