PORT DOVER WATERFRONT PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
The Port Dover Waterfront Association (PDWPA) is an incorporated community not-for-profit association with the aims of protecting, maintaining and restoring the marine and community heritage along the natural lakes, harbours, rivers, shorelines and community areas of Norfolk County’s historic waterfront Ontario’s South Coast, at the shores of Lake Erie in the former town of Port Dover. PDWPA was incorporated on December 15, 2008 .
Our achievements to date include:
- Galvanized a citizen movement to retain public ownership of local Marina;
- Led successful movement, in partnership with the County, to retain historic lighthouse building;
- Partnered with local business in successful appeal to OMB regarding proposed County zoning bylaw changes re Waterfront.
Our plan for the future includes:
- The repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake. To this end we have established a sub committee “The Friends of Silver Lake, who are tasked with carrying out a strategic plan developed to restore and enhance Silver Lake in partnership with the local community and with Norfolk County.
Friends of Silver Lake is a volunteer sub-committee of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association. We invite you to read about our organization, our history, and our plans for the future.
Our Members: Our membership is composed of community citizens across Norfolk County who are working to support the restoration and enhancement of Lake and its environs. We are committed to protecting
- habitat for wildlife & indigenous plant species,
- the marina with its $ 24M+ recreational boats and the commercial fishing industries
- the properties bordering the Lynn Valley area and lower town that are at risk from flooding
- the industries and retailers in Norfolk County that cater to tourists, boaters, and the fishing business
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Working collaboratively as a community, we can create a sustainable future which will bring joy and pride for generations to follow.
Key goals include:
- develop a plan for funding the project Priority Goal 2013
- remove excess sedimentation and minimize the amount of soil erosion and sedimentation for the future Priority Goal 2013 – 2014
- improve and maintain the Lynn River Ecosystem for Fish and Wildlife
- maximize economic value & community usage through increased tourism
Together we will re-establish Silver Lake with its associated Park as an outstanding County asset for the enjoyment and pleasure of its citizens as well as for the less visible but vital services of Flood and Siltation Management and pollution containment and abatement.
With your help,. Silver Lake will be a year-round destination for a full range of outdoor activities including bird watching, fishing, canoeing, rowing, trail walking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating and pick-up hockey. It will provide a beautiful venue for community gatherings and sporting events. It will be an innovative model for other communities concerned with protecting endangered species, preserving natural resources, water quality and providing flood water management in tandem with growing urban development.
HOW CAN YOU HELP ?
SIGN A LETTER OF SUPPORT!
Call and offer your special skills, contacts or anything else you think will help. e.g. do you have background in the key goals we have for the project?
- Share your resources! Are you aware of government grants that support aspects of this project?.
- Share your resources! Are you aware of Corporate sponsors who promote wildlife preservation, green space renewal, projects aimed to manage pollution and community environmental safety?
- Call us to share your ideas
- Contact us with your questions !
Contact: Paul Lipsit
Phone: 519- 583-2982
Please read through our website to gain an understanding of the history of Silver Lake, how its function has changed over the past 200 hundred years as settlements have gradually developed all through the Norfolk area. When you read the section entitled “our proud history” you will see what can be accomplished by a Community when we work together.
We invite you to show your support by signing up and becoming “A Friend”.