By Chris Pickup

It would cost $5 to $7 thousand per metre and two or three months to construct a revetment of the whole Derner and Villella area of Lowbanks, resident Chuck Jansen told Haldimand council last week, speaking to the ongoing erosion of the Lake Erie shoreline.

Jansen was a member of an earlier delegation to council on the destructive erosion in the Lowbanks area that had resulted in eviction notices for some residents, and had committed to keeping councillors informed of ongoing information on the group’s behalf.

“I feel the province should be funding this,” he added and hoped the municipality would push for it.

Mayor Hewitt said MPP Toby Barrett had indicated there was nothing presently available in the way of provincial funding, “but there’s no reason he can’t lobby his own government.” It’s a provincial problem, he added, and he would be seeing Barrett this week.

General Manager of Corporate Services, Karen General noted that while the municipality “can’t use public money for private uses, we do fund three different conservation authorities.”

CAO Don Boyle threw out for consideration the possible use of Community Vibrancy Fund money. “That’s one area that could be possible. There’s not much, but erosion could reach roadways and become the county’s problem.”

“It has to be tackled one end to the other,” said Craig Grice. “A fix here or there is pushing things around and causing a problem somewhere else.”

Boyle did say the conservation authorities are getting together and county staff is working with them. 

The GRCA is providing project management for an update to the Lake Erie shoreline flood, erosion and dynamic beach hazard mapping on behalf of the county, Long Point and Niagara region conservation authorities.

The Shoreline Hazard and Risk Assessment Study is a technical study to update old mapping figures. It will not include updates to conservation authority shoreline management plans or policies, or Haldimand’s emergency response plan and official plan, although it should provide the impetus for changes.

Haldimand County is host to 87 km of Lake Erie shoreline, with several at-risk communities such as Dunnville, Port Maitland and numerous shoreline resort areas.

There will be a Public Education Centre at the Selkirk Centennial Community Centre, 34 Main St. West on Saturday September 15, 9:30-11:30 am, to keep interested parties abreast of happenings with the study.

There will be no formal presentations; however, the sessions will provide an opportunity for landowners and members of the public to view project updates and mapping, provide comments, learn how to protect their property from flooding and erosion, and speak directly with County and Conservation Authority staff.

For more details, google www.haldimandcounty.on.ca and access Shoreline Hazard and Risk Assessment Study on the home page under public announcements.