Hopefully you have read our E Bulletins and Newsletters but the Board of Directors of BSRA cannot stress enough, the seriousness of the impact that the Shoreline Management Plan Update will have on the future of every property owner along the lakeshore.
BSRA is disappointed that the original timeline suggesting public meetings during 2016 cottage season has changed. We know the steering committee received the draft, including consultations’ recommendations for no future erosion control structures and new restrictions that will affect all building permits. The ABCA is currently completing the maps of each area and a plan for implementation to provide context to the draft, prior to posting it on the ABCA website. We understand the posting should be expected by September 1, 2016 followed by a 90 day window for public comment. Considering the draft is not publicly available we appreciate that Geoff Cade from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will attend our Annual Meeting, August 27th to discuss the process and provide important information so you can take the best advantage of your opportunity to comment, when the time comes.
We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 27th at St. Peter’s Church Hall, just north of St. Joseph oh HWY 21.
At a recent meeting, the Huron County Health Unit received a presentation they are considering following the pause in the investigation they had started regarding health issues believed to be turbine related. This article provides an outline of what was presented.
The consultant’s report is now in the hands of ABCA and the steering committee. The next step will be posting the draft on the ABCA website. BSRA will be watching for that information to pass on.
An Open Air Fire Ban was extended today to all of Huron County.
The Fire Chiefs of Huron County have jointly declared a fire ban because of the lack of significant rainfall and the forecast of more hot dry conditions ahead.
All open air fires are prohibited in Huron County, including those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, recreational fires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces and chimineas, or any other fires set in the open.
The only exceptions to this ban are cooking fires in approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on campsites from noon to midnight only. After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.
Testing of the shoreline water quality at the mouth of ravines and in the lake north and south of ravines has started. This year, due funding cuts, only 2 of the 4 locations are tested. 2016 Test Results
In the event that you missed the presentation by Lynne Peterson, regarding extreme water levels in Huron County, she has allowed us to post this document. Lynne is the lead on this project which is very timely for BSRA members this year.
2Huron Lake Levels 2016 Bluewater Assoc.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority has issued a press release important to BSRA members. Lake Huron water levels at highest levels in years: higher water combined with wet ground, natural hazards, pose risks of more gully and bluff erosion, potential slope failure.
THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN PAUSED. Councillor John Gillespie has offered to receive reports of turbine related health concerns. Johngill@hay.net
The Huron County Health Unit is investigating reports of health concerns believed to be caused or related to the wind turbines. NOW is the time to register your own issues with them. http://www.huroncountyhealthunit.ca
The Municipality of Bluewater does not have an actual process for receiving or tracking concerns at this time. If you choose to inform them, you will requested to contact the Health Unit. PLEASE be aware that the municipality will not be informing the health unit on your behalf. IT IS UP TO YOU!
In May, the Huron County Health Unit will be launching a survey that will be part of their investigation regarding health issues and Industrial Turbines. More information and registration is available on the Huron County Health Unit website.
The Bluewater Area Family Health Team hosted an open house last night to provide residents and interested parties an opportunity to learn about their expansion plans. While they do have government funding, there is still a need for $600,000 to purchase things like equipment, furniture etc. that do not fall under the grant. BAFHT has now received charitable status so the campaign has begun!
While it does seem like a huge goal, this is a very significant project that will be an outstanding milestone in health care, not just in Bluewater, but all of Huron County.