In an ongoing effort to find efficiencies of scale Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA), Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA), Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA), and Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) have formed a collaborative to update their respective shoreline management plans in cooperation with the County of Elgin and its shoreline municipalities.
Currently, the conservation authorities have separate Shoreline Management Plans covering the coastal zone of the Lake Erie shoreline in their respective watersheds. These reports were prepared independently by the same consultant in 1989. It is recommended that shoreline management plans be updated every 25 years. As such, the current plans are out of date and need to take into consideration current mapping policies and guidelines, and technical information pertaining to shoreline hazards.
Therefore, Elgin County, its shoreline municipalities and conservation authorities have formed a collaborative to develop the Lake Erie Shoreline Management Plan for the coastal zone of Lake Erie within the jurisdiction of Elgin County. The joint plan will provide a more consistent guide for municipal land use planning along the shoreline. In addition, it will provide for a more accurate investigation into the dynamics of the entire extent of the shoreline rather than a sectional or watershed view. The plan will examine the hazards and protection along the shoreline providing recommendations for sustainable development of the shoreline ecosystems and land uses.
The Lake Erie Shoreline Management Plan may help the municipalities manage the risk associated with damages to public infrastructure including roads and utilities from erosion. In addition, a joint plan is more cost effective than conducting four individual plans. A joint plan will eliminate the retention of multiple consultants and streamline meeting and administrative costs translating into real cost savings.
Through a Request For Proposals process, W.F. Baird & Associates was selected to conduct the study. The process will begin with a comprehensive literature review. In July, W.F. Baird & Associate will be conducting a muti-day field trip of the entire 90 km study area to observe the conditions of recent slump failures and gullies/ravines.
In August 2014 the public was invited to review the preliminary findings at a series of Open Houses throughout the County.
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