A local conservation authority has a message for shoreline home owners who are anxious to start repair work.
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority says many people who live along Georgian Bay have experienced erosion from the record high water levels and want to make repairs sooner rather than later.
But the NVCA says residents need to understand that they have to apply for a permit before they can do any work.
Director of Watershed Management Services, Chris Hibberd says, "The permitting process
is intended to help property owners spend their money wisely.
Once the permit application is received, our regulations staff and engineers determine if the project is appropriately designed so the shoreline repair work doesn't fail."
Residents are also encouraged to contact the NVCA for a free pre-consultation meeting before planning the shoreline repair work.
To schedule a pre-consultation meeting, please contact Morgen Wilson, NVCA’s Development Review Coordinator at 705-424-1479 x 222 or email@example.com
Permits may also be required through your local municipality, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF), and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
Be sure to consult with these organizations before you start any shoreline repair work. Below is the contact information the MNRF and DFO: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Midhurst District (Zones 10, 11, 14, 15, 16) Midhurst MNRF Office: 705-725-7500 Owen Sound MNRF Office: 519-376-3860