Beach Grass Survey

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo are gathering information regarding a study on the Dune Grass. Information sheets were distributed at the BSRA Annual General Meeting in August.

The University is conducting research to better understand the human-environment interactions between people and the Lake Huron shoreline by examining the benefits people receive from beach grass, how they perceive and interact with it and gaining insights on how to better manage beach grass along the Lake Huron shoreline for the better of the people and the environment. They are conducting a short online or phone survey with local property owners and beach visitors to understand their perspectives on these benefits. The survey aims to understand how you interact with beach grass along the shoreline and the benefits you receive from its presence. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and a topic of interest to all of us along the shoreline.

If you are interested in participating or would like to receive more information on this research, please contact: Charlotte Hings by email at or by phone at 1 514 261 2677


Shoreline Management Plan News

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BSRA members who participated in the public meetings in August heard that Baird & Associates planned to have completed the actual draft of the SMP update by the end of September. The intention was to distribute to the ABCA Board of Directors, who hoped to be able to decide at the October 18th ABCA Board of Directors meeting if it was ready to be made available to the public. The draft report has not yet been delivered by Baird.  It is scheduled for the week of November 12th. The ABCA Board of Directors now plans to have a special meeting November 22, 2018, to decide if they want to send the draft back to Baird for changes or release for public comment.  The public comment period will extend to February in the interest of allowing property owners lots of time for review, but the current ABCA Directors who have knowledge of the SMP will decide if it is ready for public review.

Interviews with 2018 Municipal Candidates

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Following our recent post with the responses to a questionnaire sent to municipal election candidates, for Mayor (Paul Klopp, Tyler Hessel), Deputy Mayor (Bill Dowson, Jim Ferguson), Councillor Stanley West (George Irvin, Taylor Van Aaken), Councillor Hay West (John Gillespie, Alwyn Vanden Berg). We followed this up with face-to-face meetings, with the same candidates, who were each asked a series of identical questions.  Those questions and the responses can be viewed by clicking: HERE