Open house for Gorrie Dam decommissioning announced

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GORRIE – Residents will have their chance to discuss plans regarding the Gorrie Dam’s decommissioning at the rescheduled Public Information Centre (PIC), scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.

The PIC is an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the remediation process and discuss the plan.

Maitland Conservation (MC) approved a motion to proceed with the next steps involved with decommissioning the Gorrie Dam and remediation of the Gorrie Conservation Area on June 19, 2019.

Members of MC also passed a motion to proceed with necessary studies and public consultation outreach once information was known on the decommissioning options.

A report dated June 9, 2020, said that MC retained GSS Engineering to assist with the process, plans, and study requirements.

GSS Engineering developed a draft concept plan for decommissioning the structure.

The design plan chosen would be best suited for the Gorrie site while allowing for a continued recreational and community green space.

The plan includes removing all in-water concrete structures, installing vortex weirs to provide increased fish habitat, reusing onsite materials to rebuild a section of the southern berm, and other preventative measures to prevent erosion and allow for enhanced recreational uses.

Residents can view the complete plan at mvca.on.ca.

Participants can make an appointment for a telephone or a virtual conference meeting between Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 by contacting Conservation Areas Coordinator Stewart Lockie at 519-335-3557 ext. 234 or by email at slockie@mvca.on.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times