TIVERTON, ON – May 29, 2018 – Bruce Power is teaming up with the Lake Huron Fishing Club, GSS Engineering and the Municipality of Brockton to restore fish habitat on the Saugeen River.
The groups will collaborate to remove the Truax Dam structure, located in Walkerton, to help rehabilitate the area to a more natural state. This will allow for the passage of migrating fish, while also improving water quality, and creating a healthier ecosystem to help fish thrive.
“We are very pleased to work with the Lake Huron Fishing Club and Bruce Power on this important environmental project,” said David Inglis, Mayor of Brockton. “Following the appropriate engineering studies, the partial removal of the dam will support fishing enthusiasts, and create a beautiful, natural public space that can be enjoyed by area residents and visitors, while ensuring ease of access for canoeists and kayakers.”
Bruce Power has provided funds to fully support the project, while the Lake Huron Fishing Club will work with GSS Engineering to carry out the dam removal.
“We are proud to be a part of the Truax Dam Removal Project, which will have important, long-term benefits to fish species in our area,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Environment. “We recognize the importance of our natural surroundings and are committed to assisting in various community-driven environmental initiatives.”
The Truax Dam was originally built to supply water power for Walkerton’s first sawmill. The dam was reconstructed in 1919, and the structure is still in place today. The dam currently creates a barrier for fish species as they try to migrate and spawn upstream. As part of the plan, a portion of the dam will remain in place to serve as a pedestrian walkway over the water.
Work on the project is slated to begin in the summer of 2019.
To learn more about Bruce Power’s efforts to improve inland fisheries, please see our Environmental Stewardship Booklet.
About the Lake Huron Fishing Club
The Lake Huron Fishing Club is a conservation-based sports club formed in 1983 by a dedicated group of anglers on the Ontario shore of Lake Huron.
About GSS Engineering Consultants
GSS Engineering Consultants Ltd. is located in Owen Sound, Ontario, and provides civil and environmental engineering services.
About the Municipality of Brockton
Nestled in the rolling countryside of the Saugeen and Teeswater Rivers, the Municipality of Brockton is a friendly rural community with innovative industry and a vibrant downtown core.
About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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