Partial removal of Walkerton’s Truax Dam completed

Municipality of Brockton completes the partial removal of the Truax Dam in Walkerton. (photo supplied)

The Municipality of Brockton has completed the partial removal of the old Truax Dam.

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody said the work done by the Lake Huron Fishing Club and Bruce Power on the project has resulted in a much nicer area for the municipality.

“They’ve got a little series of rapids where the dam used to be, as well as a promontory out in the middle of the river which will be a picnic area, a grassed area, so it looks fantastic and it gives you a great view of the river,” he said.

Peabody said it’s a huge improvement over the rundown state of the old dam, which had become a safety hazard.  He added that he had been floating the idea of re-purposing the dam area for nearly 20 years, and the changes have made a much better fish habitat.

The mayor said the work of the Lake Huron Fishing Club was instrumental, as well as major support from Bruce Power’s environmental stewardship program, which funded the whole project.

“Bruce Power’s contribution was $600,000 and we’re very thankful for that, we couldn’t have done it without them.  There would have certainly been community opposition to those kind of tax dollars, so Bruce Power’s input was fantastic and they were with us the whole way,” he said.

In terms of further development, Peabody said the municipality wants to first monitor how the river bed rehabilitates itself for the first few months before doing any more upgrades.  He said they may have to plant some trees and vegetation to help the natural flow of the river, which is currently very low.