Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Video on shoreline protection

New video to share presentation on shoreline protection structures 

Coastal engineer presents about shoreline protection structures to ABCA Board

Coastal engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd., presented to the Board of Directors of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at the board’s regularly-scheduled meeting on May 18, 2017. The presentation was videotaped professionally and ABCA plans to post the video of the presentation online, before the end of the month, when it is available. A link to the video is to be posted at on the Shoreline Management Page at this link: 

The video is posted on YouTube at this link:

Baird and Associates produced a Considerations for Shore Protection Structures document in 1994. The firm is updating that report this year. Duckett spoke to the board on shore protection structures, including current policies and procedures, and next steps to update policies and procedures. She spoke on the current mix of erosion control structures along the shoreline of the ABCA, natural hazards, shore protection types, and the existing permitting process. 

In addition to the new video which will be posted in May, there is a video now online of a previous presentation the board, by Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph. It is now available on the same shoreline management web page. He presented to the April 20, 2017 board meeting on the topics of shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection.

The two presenters, Duckett and Davidson-Arnott, are also scheduled to present at two public open houses on two Saturdays in June. The first open house is June 3 in Zurich. The second open house is June 17 in Thedford. The open houses run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. The open house in Thedford is at the Legacy Recreation Centre Hall, 16 Allen Street. The open house in Zurich is at the Zurich Arena, 15 East Street.

ABCA’s current Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) has been in place since 2000. It identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. The Conservation Authority started a process in 2015 to update technical information to support updates to the 2000 SMP document. 

The 2017 open houses provide information on the existing plan and current policies as well as an update on the progress of technical work for future updates. (The review of local development policies contained in the SMP 2000 is not expected until 2018, according to ABCA.) Updates to the Shoreline Management Plan will provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. Updates will provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends. 

To learn more about shoreline management in the watershed visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update page online at at: 

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