Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series

Water Levels Series

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. The first webinar was completed on October 23rd, and second webinar webinar was completed on November 13. PLease find their info at the bottom of the page.
ONE webinar are still open for registration.

Septics and Water Levels

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?
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COMPLETED: Webinar 1: What’s Happening? What’s New?

Sat. Oct. 23, from 10 am to 12 pm.

The first webinar focused 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?

Slides can be found here (PDF downlaod).
Video. Watch the 2 hour webinar here.

Speakers:
Pierre Béland - Canadian Chair & Commissioner, International Joint Commission
Jane Corwin - US Commissioner & Chair, International Joint Commission
Mark Fisher – Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Julie Cayley – Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association
Aisha Chiandet – Water Scientist, Severn Sound Environmental Association
With Remarks by:
Elder Marilyn Capreol, Anishinaabe from Shawanaga First Nation - Founding member of the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership Elder’s Lodge
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COMPLETED. Webinar 2: Shorelines, Docks & Shoreline Structures

Sat. Nov. 13, from 10 am to 12 pm.

Slides can be found here (PDF download).
Video. Watch the 2 hour webinar here.

The second webinar focused on:
    TOPIC A: Storms, waves and wakes - Natural Coastal Processes - Naturalizing Shorelines - Flooding - High Water Mark - Land Water Interface- Municipal Infrastructure
    TOPIC B - Coastal Infrastructure – Marinas & Shoreline Businesses – Docks/Other Shoreline Structures - Impacts & Adaptation Strategies - Regulations

u>Speakers included:
Roy Brooke is the Executive Director at Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
Rick Layzell - CEO of Boating Ontario Association
Brian Majka - Senior Restoration Ecologist from GEI ConsultantsAlex Ray from Payette Environmental Services, LLC. and the owner of Payette Trails
With Remarks by:
Elder Marilyn Capreol, Anishinaabe from Shawanaga First Nation - Founding member of the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership Elder’s Lodge
Rolfe Jones: Executive Director and President of the Georgian Bay Association, and Adam Chamberlain, Chair of Georgian Bay Forever.
Aisha Chiandet: Water Scientist with the Severn Sound Environmental Association

About the Speakers

The GBA and GBF are working on confirming the speakers. We will broadcast the speaker line-up once it is confirmed, or feel free to email info@gbf.org and ask to be informed by email.