Introductions (Roger Watt, Huron Sands)
- ACW (Glen McNeil)
- MOECP (Ted Briggs)
- MVCA (Phil Beard, Steve Jackson, Shannon Millar;
chair Dave Turton)
Communications Coordinators and designated alternates:
Amberley Beach South,
Ashfield Beach North,
Ashfield Beach South,
Green Acres Cove,
Huron Sands North,
Mid Huron Beach,
- Not represented:
Lake Huron Resort,
ACW Township 2020 update (Glen McNeil)
- Glen started by reminding everyone that they are welcome in ACW and
Huron County during the COVID-19 crisis, but that they should continue
to exercise caution and consideration through physical distancing and
- The hope is to have the landfill site open again in a few weeks.
Watch the ACW website for further
- Council has increased the property-tax rate for 2020 by 0.5%, to
avoid any significant cuts to essential services. Coupled with increases
due to new properties, this results in an overall 7% increase in the ACW
property-tax levy. ACW continues to have the lowest taxes in Huron
- The planned paving of Horizon View Road this year has been deferred
and some of that money has been used to create a reserve fund to support
Healthy Lake Huron update (Ted Briggs)
- "Healthy Lake Huron" is a multi-partner project chaired by MOECP
and OMAFRA. It was motivated in part by previous work of the ACLA,
Bayfield, and Bluewater groups. There are six priority "demonstration"
projects. The Garvey-Glenn Project is the priority in the MVCA
- The province's financial-review process last year resulted in no
funding for HLH, but some funding has been obtained for this year.
- Long-term monitoring of water quality shows that conditions are
ranging from stable to slightly improving.
- Phil Beard (MVCA) reported there is significant landowner interest
in the work remaining in the Garvey-Glenn watershed, and MVCA is hoping
there will be opportunities for special government funding for the
5-year work plan to complete the G-G project.
- See the Healthy Lake
Huron website for on-going updates.
- Several attendees emphasized that the members of the lakefront
community need to pursue every opportunity to influence their government
representatives to ensure continued support for the Conservation
Examples of lakefront-erosion impacts in ACW (Roger Watt)
- An analysis of 2019 ACW
property-assessment data shows that the ACW lakefront has 726
seasonal residences with an assessed value of $276M. These cottages
represent 14% of the properties in ACW and 30% of the tax base.
- Before 2017, we had wide beaches, many with sand dunes and beach
grass from the wave-uprush zone to the toe of the bank. Now, we have
little to no beach. Wave action and the rising lake level have caused
vertical scouring, loss of trees, steps, landings, stairs, boats,
boathouses, etc, and continuing erosion further into the bank is
threatening some cottages.
- Examples of before-and-after pictures and comments submitted by
cottage owners are available as a presentation on the ACLA website.
Lake levels and shoreline erosion (Steve Jackson, Shannon Millar)
- Two excellent 9-minute videos (one produced with funding from ACLA)
show the effects of coastal processes and provide graphs showing how
multi-year annual precipitation patterns affect the lake level. See Update on Lake Huron
Water Level on the MVCA website.
- The worst impacts occur when there are prolonged periods of wind
from the northwest, coupled with low-pressure areas over the lake.
Estimates are that Lake Huron will rise a few more inches this summer
- MVCA is using the services of a local pilot to conduct
picture-taking flights along the shoreline, and is making the pictures
available to the lakefront groups via Dropbox.
- Near-shore lakebed and toe-of-bank erosion eventually lead to slope
slumps and top-of-bank erosion. Protection mechanisms perpendicular to
the bank such as groynes are no longer
permitted because they create "downstream" erosion by impeding the
natural flow of materials from north to south. If toe-of-bank protection
is necessay, the recommendation is a sloped revetment. With a
cottage that is too close to the top of an eroding bank, the best action
is to have the structure moved as far east as the property boundary will
- Shore-protection maintenance works require a permit from MVCA, and
most new works require coastal engineering. Development (eg: additions,
rebuilds, accessory structures, etc) within the shoreline hazard require
permission from MVCA. For further information, please contact Shannon
Treasurer's report (Jim Baird, Amberley Beach)
Jim was unable to connect to the Zoom meeting, but subsequently
provided the following report...
- We began 2019/2020 with a balance of $20,668 and ended with
- Expenses were $120 for rental of the Christ Church basement and
$149 for the ACLA website-hosting service.
Issues from the floor
- Glen McNeil was asked to publish a statement on the ACW website
re-affirming that cottagers are welcome to use their cottages.
- There has been an on-going problem with the spreading of manure
that seems contrary to Nutrient Management Plan "best practices".
Responses to complaints to the Ministry are too late to observe the
problem in time to take action. It was suggested that ACW ask the Huron
Federation of Agriculture to remind its members about the importance of
complying with NMP practices.
- Some groups are continuing to struggle with decisions over ACW or
private-contractor garbage and recycling pickups.
Adjourned at 11:00
Next meeting: Saturday May 15, 2021; method/location TBD.