This newsletter is to let you know that two presentations have been professionally videotaped on coastal processes, shoreline protection, and other shoreline management topics. One video is online now and a second video is to be posted in the coming week or so. This news update is also a chance to remind you of two upcoming public open houses taking place on two Saturdays in June of 2017. Thank you - and have a wonderful Victoria Day weekend.
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Coastal Processes video is online

A professionally-videotaped video, of a presentation on shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection, is online for your information and interest. Click the image above to play this video or click on this link: Presentation by Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott

This presentation was made by Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, at their regularly-scheduled monthly board meeting which was held on April 20, 2017. 

For this video, and other video(s) (pending), visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update web page at at this link:
Shoreline Management Plan Update Web Page

Dr. Davidson-Arnott prepared two local discussion papers released in 2016:

The first was Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shoreline – A discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines with particular reference to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline north of Grand Bend.

The second was Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes – A discussion paper on the potential implications for coastal processes affecting the Southeast shoreline of Lake Huron within the jurisdiction of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

These publications are available for free download on the shoreline management web page.

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:
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. 

Fiona Duckett and Robin Davidson-Arnott are 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.
This is the tenth published edition of this electronic newsletter since it began in 2015. More than 320 people have subscribed so far and we thank you for your interest. This newsletter is about the 2015-2018 Update of the Shoreline Management Plan (2000) for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline. If you are already a subscriber, thank you. If you have not subscribed but would like to receive updates through this electronic newsletter you are welcome to subscribe at this link: Subscribe to Newsletter - Shoreline Management Plan Update.
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