Last fall, our experts gave you the facts about water levels on the Great Lakes and in Georgian Bay. We answered 259 questions posed by 400 concerned citizens with experts reviewing our responses to ensure that everyone has the fact-based understanding of the issues and the limits under the existing water management systems in place. We brought this information to Municipal Councils around the Bay and after more than a year of combined effort with the Georgian Bay Association (GBA), Municipal Councils now have a solid fact-based understanding of what the issues are. But there were even more questions asked around what actions could be taken to protect properties and shorelines around the Bay during high and low water extremes. The Georgian Bay Forever’s (GBF) and GBA's Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series is a collection of webinars aimed at answering those questions, providing strategies to adapt your property and your budget, and raising awareness about the extremes and variabilities that will impact the ecosystem and your family's enjoyment of your favourite place on the Bay. Each webinar BELOW focuses on different topics, and we invite you to register for all three.
Webinar 1: What’s Happening? What’s New?
Sat. Oct. 23, from 10 am to 12 pm.The first webinar will focus on:
1. What's coming? Climate change impacts. Update on water levels, forecasts and impacts.
2. A report and update on "The Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes" (Action Plan 2030)".
3. Impacts to wetlands, flora and fauna. How adaptable are they?
Webinar 2: Shorelines, Docks & Shoreline Structures
Sat. Nov. 13, from 10 am to 12 pm.
- 1. Natural Coastal Processes: Naturalizing Shorelines - Hard vs. Soft. What to do (and not to do) on shorelines - what erosion impacts can we expect.
2. Flooding - High Water Mark (Land/Water Interface). What to do about shoreline cabins, sheds, docks, and boathouses. How should they be reconfigured (raised or moved)? What are the impacts/regulations? Should the municipal high water level mark be changed?
3. Storms, waves and wakes. What can we expect from higher wind strengths and more frequent and intense storms increasing wave action? What can be done to reduce harmful boat wakes?
4. Coastal infrastructure - (also continued in webinar 3)What are the impacts on municipal infrastructure, shoreline businesses (including marinas) contractors, and other services - of extreme high and low water levels? How can those impacted adopt?
Webinar 3: Impacts to Infrastructure. Septics – Insurance – Businesses
Sat. Dec. 4, from 10 am to 12 pm.
1. Septic systems. How vulnerable is your septic system? What are the options to resolve septic issues?
2. Potable water. What are the potential impacts on potable water in high and low water events?
3. Insurance and Planning. What are the potential impacts on property insurance? The benefits of long-term planning verses short term solutions.
4. Coastal Infrastructure (continued). What are the impacts on municipal infrastructure, shoreline businesses (including marinas), contractors, and other services of extreme high and low water levels? How can those impacted adapt?