Millions for county dams
By Chad Ingram
Published June 27, 2016
Multiple dams in Haliburton County that are part of the feeder system for the Trent Severn Waterway will be repaired or replaced through millions of dollars in federal funding.
Peterborough MP Maryam Monsef and Minister of Environment and Minister for Parks Canada Catherine McKenna announced at the Peterborough lift lock June 26 that the government will put another $270 million into TSW infrastructure improvements.
That comes in addition to $300 million the Conservative government announced in 2015.
Nearly $40 million of the new funding will be used on projects in Haliburton County.
In Minden Hills, the Horseshoe Lake dam will be replaced at a cost of $4.2 million. While $700,000 was announced for repairs to the structure last year, and additional $3.5 million is now included for a total replacement of the dam.
“Initially this project was announced as a major rehabilitation, however, upon more in depth inspection it was determined that a full replacement is required,” reads a release from Parks Canada. “In addition to building a new dam, the wing walls will be raised to reduce flooding risk. The new dam will include an upgraded log lifter and added pedestrian crossing to enhance visitor experience at the site.”
The Canning Lake dam will be rehabilitated or replaced for $3 million, the Twelve Mile Lake dam for $3.3 million and the Elliot Falls dam for $8 million.
In Algonquin Highlands, the dam at Kushog Lake will be renovated through $900,000 worth of work.
“The Kushog Lake dam will undergo a rehabilitation,” the release reads. “The project will include concrete repairs along the dam and the culvert passing beneath the roadway bridge. Further investigation is required to determine the full extent of work that is required. In addition, enhancements to public safety will be undertaken through the installation of such measures as improved guard rails, increased signage, safety booms and metal gain covers.”
In Dysart et al, Long Lake dam is slotted for $3.3 million worth of work to be rehabilitated or rebuilt and the Red Pine dam will receive $4.5 million.
“The current Red Pine dam is constructed using timber cribbing in a style of construction that was common up until the late 1800s,” the release reads. “This project will undertake a major rehabilitation or replacement of the Red Pine dam. Further investigation will be conducted to determine the full extent of work that is required and the type of dam that would be constructed should a replacement be required.”
In Highlands East, $3.3 million will be invested in the Esson Lake dam, which will be rehabilitated or replaced.
An additional $2.4 million has been added to $10.6 million for concrete work on 17 dams throughout Haliburton County, for a total of $13 million.
The Trent Severn Canal connects Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. At nearly 400 kilometres in length, it is fed through a vast system drawing water from throughout central and southern Ontario. Much of the infrastructure is more than a century old.