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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Safeguards for Lake Huron Shore

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority puts together a proposed gully shoreline policy.

The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority is moving to safeguard the future of the Lake Huron shore where rural gullies empty into the lake.

The Authority has put together a comprehensive proposed gully shoreline policy.

MVCA Water Resources Engineer Stephen Jackson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the policy aims to stem potential erosion for the next century.

Since our area was settled in the early 19th Century not much thought was given to the future effect of building and development along the lakeshore.

Jackson says many homes and cottages near the water were constructed in zones where erosion is a concern and the policy is designed to control such development in future years.

Jackson points out that the proposed policy addresses agricultural runoff.

He mentions that the threat of shoreline erosion can be addressed through the provincial Drainage Act to the satisfaction of both farmers and cottagers.

You can share your ideas on the proposed shoreline gully policy at a session hosted by the MVCA.

Jackson says a public meeting will be held at the Columbus Centre in Goderich on June 4th to explain the policy, answer questions and take your suggestions.

Jackson tells us the MVCA board will evaluate public input before voting on putting the policy in place.

You can find out much more about the proposed shoreline gully policy on-line at


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