The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has initiated a project to update to current mapping and technical standards, the Lake Erie shoreline flooding, erosion, and dynamic beach hazard mapping within Haldimand County.

The project is being undertaken on behalf of Haldimand County, Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA), and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), as well as the GRCA.

Consistent hazard mapping across conservation authority jurisdictions is required to support land use planning and permitting decisions in at-risk communities and flood and erosion-related response/mitigation planning.

The project will also update municipal risk assessment information for shoreline flooding, including inventorying at-risk infrastructure and estimating damage potential.

A group of Dunnville/Lowbanks homeowners had been at council in June to plead for financial help after a vicious storm burst through the area causing significant shoreline erosion and structure damage and leaving some residents with eviction notices for safety reasons.

The project will extend from the spring of 2018 to January 2020. Two Public Education Centres (PECs) will be held during the project to provide information to homeowners on flood hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness, and to provide project information and an opportunity for the public to contribute knowledge of local conditions.

The PECs will meet the requirements for public consultation for any resulting amendments to regulated area mapping of Ontario Regulations 150/06, 155/06 and 178/06 made under the Conservation Authorities Act.

The first PEC is anticipated in the early fall of 2018. Details regarding the forthcoming Public Education Centres will be advertised as the study progresses (See the Lake Erie Shoreline Hazard Assessment Page).

In addition, a multi-stakeholder Community Liaison Group (CLG) will be established by the County to provide input during the project.

If you have questions or specific comments related to this study, please contact either of the following:

Ms. Janet Ivey, BSc (Env), MA, PMP, Subwatershed Planning Co-ordinator, Grand River Conservation Authority, 400 Clyde Road, P.O. Box 729, Cambridge, ON N1R 5W6. Tel: 519 621 2763 x 2325. Email: jivey@grandriver.ca

Ms. Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P.Eng., Project Manager, Baird & Associates, 1267 Cornwall Rd., Suite 100, Oakville, ON L6J 7T5. Tel: 905 845 5385 Email : duckett@baird.com