With partial removal of Walkerton’s Truax Dam now complete, Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody says there is much to celebrate.
The project which was originally spearheaded by the Lake Huron Fishing Club promises to improve water quality and create a healthier ecosystem for fish to thrive in.
This includes improving fish migration upstream.
The project also reduces safety and liability concerns for Brockton while improving river access for anglers, kayakers and canoeists.
The 600 thousand dollar project was finance by Bruce Power as part of its environmental stewardship program.
Prior to the partial removal project, the Truax Dam was in need of repair and posed safety concerns for Brockton.
Following public consultations, Brockton Council made the decision to proceed with the partial removal project.
The Truax Dam was originally built to supply water power for Walkerton’s first sawmill and was reconstructed in 1919.
A century later, a portion of the concrete structure on the south side of the river remains, serving as a public space overlooking the river.
Peabody is very pleased the project is now complete, saying this is a project that has been discussed at the Council table for twenty years.
Along with improved water quality and easier fish migration access, the project has widened the Saugeen River and created some light rapids.