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Notice of Study Commencement - Evaluation of the Howson Dam in Wingham

Thursday September 15th, 2016

Township of North Huron             16-034

The Township of North Huron is planning to carry out a Class Environmental Assessment for the Howson Dam. The Howson Dam is an aging dam and bridge structure located on the Maitland River in the former Town of Wingham.

Long term alternatives for the Howson Dam will be evaluated in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The Class EA includes consideration of natural, social, economic and cultural factors as part of the alternative evaluation process.

Preliminary alternatives identified at this time include the following:

Alternative 1 –  Rebuild dam and bridge structure and restore dam headpond to former level.

Alternative 2 – Rehabilitate the existing dam and bridge. Maintain water levels in headpond at current (lower) level.

Alternative 3 - Rehabilitate the existing dam and bridge. Restore water levels in headpond to original (higher) level.

Alternative 4 - Decommission (remove) the dam. Alternative 5 –  Do nothing. Leave dam as is.

An initial Public Information Center (PIC) will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Municipal Offices in Wingham. This initial PIC will be to receive initial public comment and include a general review of dam history. The meeting will feature a presentation on the Class EA process at 7 pm.

Public input is encouraged throughout the process. If you have any immediate comments, or wish to have your name added to the project mailing list, please contact the undersigned by September 29, 2016.

This Notice issued on September 13, 2016.

GSS Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Mr. Jeff Graham, P. Eng., Project Manager
Unit, 104D, 1010 9th Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4R7
Tel. (519) 372-4828
Email: jeffgraham@gssengineering.ca
Township of North Huron
Mr. Jeff Molenhuis, Director of Public Works
P.O. Box 90, 274 Josephine Street
Wingham, ON N0G 2W0
Tel. (519) 357-3550
Email: jmolenhuis@northhuron.ca