Coastal Conservation Conference Invitation

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The Lake Huron Coastal Centre is hosting it’s 10th biennial ‘Is the Coast Clear? conference, taking place May 10 – 11th at Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend. Anyone interested in Lake Huron will benefit from this excellent forum that will include Great Lakes water levels, micro-plastics, turtle species at risk, agricultural environmental concerns, and more. Anyone may attend and there is a fee for attending. A single day is $80, two days $150 and a full registration including the Gala is $225.

This year, there will also be a Gala May 10th celebrating the 20th anniversary of this organization, that includes dinner, live music, cash bar, raffle prizes and silent auction. Everyone is welcome, whether you attend the conference or not. Tickets are $75.00 per person.

For conference and Gala details, registration and tickets, see Continued

Shoreline Protection Application Information

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Lake Huron has reached higher water levels than we have experienced since the ABCA became the authority over such projects, well before the Shoreline Management Plan 2000, or even before the original that was created in 1994.  Due to the current situation, record numbers of applications have been received by the ABCA for shoreline protection work and each one has contributed to identifying the need for a checklist and fact sheet that is now available for property owners.

Shore Protection Fact Sheet

Shore Protection Checklist

Consideration for Shoreline Protection Structures

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Early in 2017 ABCA contracted Baird Coastal Engineers to update the document that they created in 1994 for the original Shoreline Management Plan. The update of this document is now complete and was presented at the December ABCA Board of Directors Meeting.

Read the report: Considerations for Shoreline Protection Structures Report

Watch the video of the presentation:

Considerations for Shoreline Protection Structures Dec 21 2017

Huron County Health Unit Wind Turbine Study Noise Vibration and Lights Information Meeting October 26, 2017

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This report prepared by BSRA Director Alex Macdougall, is a follow up regarding the study that was initiated in 2016. 

The meeting was held at the HCHU facilities at 77722B London Road RR5 in Clinton.

Presenting were:

Dr. Erica Clark, PhD, Epidemiologist

Dr. Maarten Bokhout, MD, Acting Medical Officer, HCHU

Mr. Jean Guy Albert, Health Manager, HCHU

The purpose of the meeting was to outline the parameters of the study and to provide some details about how Huron County residents living within 10Km of a wind turbine may participate in the study. Forms relating to participating were available at the meeting.

It was emphasized that the study is a research study. The goal is to learn how many people are bothered by wind turbines in Huron County and to learn if there are environmental conditions that make the noise, vibration, light and sensations worse here.

It was further emphasized that it is important for the study to include as many participants as possible, including subjects who are not bothered by wind turbines. Part time (seasonal) residents are also encouraged to participate.

Documentation for the study is being made widely available. All Huron County Libraries will have form packages available; The HCHU web site will have all forms and other information about the study available on line.

It was pointed out that the success of the study will depend on an adequate number of community participants being willing to maintain diaries of their perceptions over a period of time. It was also pointed out that there is a risk that participants in the study may be disappointed in the end result. Further, even if the results of the study show that turbines are related to negative health effects, the HCHU will not write an order to curtail or shut down wind turbines. The Provincial assigned that authority to the Ministry of the Environment and not to public health units.

The HCHU encourages all those Huron County residents who live within the specified 10Km of a wind turbine to obtain and submit a consent form. Each resident (permanent or seasonal) who does so will be assigned an ID number. Once you have an ID number you may start participating in the study. The first step will be filling out a form either on line or on paper. This step will take about 5 minutes.

You may then choose to complete an observation diary. Your observations may be made as often or as little as you wish. Submitting your observations of the effects of wind turbines on you as well as lack of effects, whichever is the case at the time of your observations. There is no limit to the number of observations you may report.

It was emphasized that registering via the consent form and obtaining an ID number should ideally be the minimum action taken by every resident, (both permanent and seasonal), who live within the stipulated 10Km distance of a wind turbine.

The HCHU web site has considerable information relating to the study, including a map showing the areas of eligibility.

Municipal Grant Programs

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IN ADDITION TO THE ROAD GRANT PROGRAM, Bluewater does have a Municipal Grant Program that provides limited funding for projects that enhance and enrich the community. Funding decisions are based on local needs and priorities, in connection with the annual budget, strategic goals and objectives. Grant funds are intended to support project-based initiatives in the areas of Community Services, Arts, Culture, Tourism, Economic Development, Social Services and Environment. Applicants interested in submitting a request for the 2018 calendar year are requested to complete the application and submit it to Ansberth Willert, Manager of Finance, by November 1, 2017.