Great Lakes
KATHLEEN SMITH

Coastal Forum focuses on shore erosion, innovative solutions

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) hosted the fourth annual Lake Forum at Beach Street Station last week. Experts, elected officials, representatives from organizations and First Nations gathered to discuss issues and key priorities along the shoreline, including the need for innovative solutions for erosion.

Experts in their field, elected officials, representatives from organizations and First Nations, and concerned residents gathered at the fourth annual Lake Forum last Thursday.

Hosted by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) at Beach Street Station, the forum is held each year with the goal of protecting and restoring Lake Huron’s coastal environment through education and research.

The forum provided an environment to discuss and highlight a wide range of key issues that are faced along the Lake Huron shoreline.

Topics ranged from shore erosion, water levels, plastic pollution and balancing the needs of conservation and tourism.

Speakers from the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, B.M. Ross and Associates, the Town of Saugeen Shores, University of Western Ontario and the LHCCC spoke on the mentioned topics.

Patrick Donnelly, Coastal Science and Stewardship Advisor with LHCCC, explained that other steps prior to protection should be considered. That includes plans that would help avoid damage, accommodate rising water levels by perhaps having a second access to the shoreline or a retreat method.

“With high water levels, and the need to act, we immediately jump to protect. Scientists suggest that we need to avoid, accommodate, retreat and then protect. I think it’s wise to start looking at it long-term,” said Donnelly.

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