The design of the new weir is reaching it’s final stages and will be shared at a virtual public meeting on July 8 at 6:00pm.
The final engineered design and drawings will be wrapped up shortly by Stantec Engineering. We’ve incorporated the Preliminary Design efforts that were shared in December 2020 and have brought the design to a state of being fully engineered, costed and with construction quality drawings. Even though we will have this work completed, it does not mean we are moving into construction right away. This work is meant to inform the future water license holder, the public, and the approval bodies of what is possible, how it would operate and how it would impact the surroundings and yet still support the objective of creating enough storage to support environmental flows throughout the summer.
In parallel, work is well underway in our Shoreline Assessment Project. This project will look at today’s ‘as-is’ landscape (shoreline and natural boundaries) and project forward the impacts of raising the weir and the impacts of ongoing climate changes. We will also provide an update of this work on July 8th. One exciting feature coming out of this work will be something called a ‘Property View Tool’ where a homeowner can type in their address and have a plan view of their property and waterfront. The plan view will show many different elements such as the high water mark, current weir elevation, new weir elevation, present and future natural boundaries, etc. Note that this Shoreline Assessment Project will take into account the new weir design, new climate projection data, historical data, landscape data and many other factors to understand the potential changes going forward if the weir were to proceed. This assessment work is expected to wrap up in March of 2022 and will also help to inform future discussions and decisions.