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Harbour Support

Georgian Bluffs | by Matt Villeneuve  

Georgian Bluff will Support Owen Sound's quest to have the harbour dredged.

Georgian Bluffs is throwing it's support behind Owen Sound in their quest to get the City's harbour dredged.

The move comes following a letter addressed to the township from Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.

The document calls on both the Federal and Provincial governments to take action prior to the spring of 2015.

***Transportation Canada owns the Owen Sound harbour***

Georgian Bluffs Councillor Judy Gay would like to see a more immediate response to the shallow harbour, noting 2015 is still a ways off.

As it stands right now, the Owen Sound Transportation Company has delayed the start of the Chi-Cheemaun's sailing season until May 10th, due to low water levels at the ferry's berths in Tobermory and South Baymouth.

The ship is also having a difficult time manoeuvring within the harbour.

Now, Owen Sound's harbour has a huge economic impact on Georgian Bluffs.

Mayor Allan Barfoot tells Bayshore Broadcasting News a lot of the municipalities farm components come through the port.

Much of the crops from Georgian Bluffs are also exported via the harbour.

The low water levels on Georgian Bay go beyond the economy and have impacted many of the township's 10-thousand residents.

Barfoot notes many cottagers have had to extend their waterlines, while many recreational boaters are likely to have issue launching their watercraft this summer.

43 municipalities meet regularly -- from Owen Sound to Midland and Penetanguishene -- to discuss the impact of the low-water levels on Georgian Bay.

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