On Thursday March 14, 2013 I attended a public meeting in the Midland Recreation Centre hosted by Mayor Gord Mckay. Also in attendance were a number of other Georgian Bay Mayors as well as the Federal MP Gord Stanton and Provincial MPP Garfield Dunlop.
There were about 100 people there.
The mayors are keenly aware of the urgency of this matter and are pressing for immediate action by the feds and province. Their focus is on the economic negative impact on their communities. They want funding to subsidize the cost of dredging etc.
They are not too happyt with the approach taken by the IJC (International Joint Commission) Canadian and US reps regarding the water levels in the Great Lakes.
There appears to be pointedly differentapproaches being taken depending on what stakeholder group youre talking to.
Watrer levels are so low now that the entrance to Georgian Bay from the Trent system onlky has 5 feet of draft under the 400 Hwy Bridge. There was reference to the possibility of some boats not having enough water to get through.
When I asked Ken MacDonald, Regional Manager for Parkbridge Marinas, what his message to boaters would be, he said they would remain open for business but boaters shoukld continue to be cautious on Georgian Bay and refer to charts and chart plotters.
Heres a link to a recent article in the Midland paper
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