SILVER LAKE IS BACK – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY!

Spring 2013 Sunset

Spring 2013 Sunrise

2013 has been a year of unusual weather all over the world. The heavy rains of April have resulted in the restoration of Silver Lake for a few days.  Our many and talented photographers have taken advantage of the increased water in the lake and harbour areas to take pictures which can only be described as bitter sweet as they include both the good, the bad and the ugly. We have included a few examples on our website to provide some highlights of spring. 

Be sure to check out the amazing video of Silver Lake during the April rain storms this spring.  Click on the YouTube link at the top of the page. It was published on Apr 12, 2013 and shows Silver Lake in Port Dover as seen on the fourth day of rain on April 12, 2013. Water pours over Misner Dam.

While the future of the lake and dam is now in the hands of the Ministry of Natural Resources, whatever is decided, there will have to be actions taken to preserve the health and safety of our community. The issues include:

1. an open sand plain sink hole hazard for unwary animals and children and yes, also for the curious and intrepid walker like this writer whom I confess decided to get a closer view of a bag of trash that had been dumped in the swamp in order to search for anything that might identify the evil doer!   Luckily I emerged with  life intact sans one boot – one more step forward and I would have been a goner! The trash turned out to be “end of year” notes for a high school student who had evidently done reasonably well in their academic grades but had not seemed to have learned anything about community pride and responsibility.

2. a fertile breeding ground for mosquito larvae and attendant West Nile Virus.

3. a new habitat for the beautiful invasive purple loose strife that is endangering our market garden industries

4. an emerging issue reflecting a the loss of pride in our environment as shown in our lake and harbour front areas now being re-purposed as a dumping ground for trash and graffiti. Can it be that when we see deterioration around us. we lose heart and devolve to the lowest common denominator. It certainly happened in Detroit!

5. an influx of all terrain vehicles racing through the soggy park and ripping up the acres of grass lands, wrecking havoc on the Lynn Valley Trail, and destroying our lovely prairie grass gardens.

Tall Grass Prairie

Tall Grass Prairie A Unique Feature in Silver Lake Park

New Trash Dump along Black Creek, scenic route of the River Rider Tourist attraction

New Trash Dump along Black Creek, scenic route of the River Rider Tourist attraction

Neatly packaged in a bag!

Neatly packaged in a bag! Help yourself – I don’t need this anymore but it is still useful especially if you are doing some home canning!!

Swan on Silver Lake by Helen Bingman April 2013

Swan on Silver Lake by Helen Bingleman April 2013

Geese and Swans A-swimming on Silver Lake April 2013

Geese and Swans A-swimming on Silver Lake April 2013

Appreciation to Helen, Tracey and Tim for the amazing pictures of spring on Silver Lake and the Harbour Front areas.

Tim is our Seer into the future. If we build the dam that has been prescribed and which will cost millions of dollars, would it really add to the charm of our little fishing village? Would it really protect us from an epic storm and earthquake? Would it actually flood all the land behind it and keep the water from going into the harbour?  Using his multifaceted  talents and skills developed as an engineer and architect of model train parts, Tim has developed an architect’s model  of what we might actually be able to build “if we had a million plus dollars” or more! Let’s be careful what we wish for!

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Maybe we would be better off to put our faith in nature with these little guys on the job!

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