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Monday, September 18, 2017

Truax Dam Project Moves Ahead

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Funding secured by Lake Huron Fishing Club for partial removal

The Truax Dam will be partially removed.

Mayor David Inglis says the Lake Huron Fishing Club has secured funding for the 600 thousand dollar project.

The Lake Huron Fishing Club is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Brockton to take the lead on the dam removal project, since the dam is municipally owned.

This means Brockton will not have to contribute a cent to the partial dam removal.

Inglis calls the project timely as the old dam continues to deteriorate and fall apart project.

Inglis calls it good news as the partial removal will address Brockton’s liability concerns with the dam.

Not everyone is on board with the project though.

Councillor Steve Adams is very concerned with how the river will look once the dam has been partially removed.

He worries the pristine river that so many enjoy as they walk along the Rotary Trail may be lose much of its beauty.

Adams cites the Lockerby Dam and Mildmay Pond as examples of what can happen when a dam is removed.

As part of the plan a portion of the dam will remain in place to serve as a walkway out over the water for pedestrians.

The fate of the Truax dam has been a topic of discussion, debate and even public meeting in Brockton since 2005.

Cost was always a major hurdle.

The current dam serves as a barrier for fish trying to migrate upstream, particularly jumping fish like small mouth bass and pike.

It is believed the partial removal of the dam will improve the health of the Saugeen River as well as the overall ecosystem.

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