Silver Lake Wins in a 6-2 vote!


Be sure to turn up your speakers, click on the link, put your hand over your heart and enjoy. Thank you Tim Warris and your Bossman Bryn for a truly awesome commemorative signature flight on a very special day in our history!

Seven long years and a decision has been made! And it was the right decision at last –  one that is not about money, power or politics. Norfolk Council made the only decision they could that would address public safety, wild life preservation of endangered species, lifestyle and recreational activities and tourism in our area! It was a decision that respected the vision of the Port Dover Lions Club who own and maintain the magnificent Silver Lake Park. Today, we must recognize the eloquence of our Mayor Charlie Luke and our Council Representative John Wells. They both spoke from  head and heart in a compelling way to summarize the essential issues at stake in Port Dover. This was not about fixing or not fixing yet another dam dam. It was all about who we are, why we live here and why people visit in this unique area.

Thank you to all our hardworking members who have hung in for the long ride and for those who are new to the cause and ready to roll up their sleeves as we move forward.




Silver Lake Afire

Silver Lake Afire

A message on behalf of the Port Dover Waterfront Association

Since 2010 we have been advocating the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake. For six years we have waited for a path forward. We have elected a Mayor dedicated to making it happen. The MNR has come round to the viewpoint that something near-term has to be done. 

 Finally, we have coming before Council this coming Tuesday a report to lay out options. 

 Please check out the staff report attached. It will be the subject of Council discussion this coming Tuesday. (The Stantec consulting report itself is treated as “draft” so it has not been shared.) Tuesday evening there will be three deputations from citizens and then Misner Dam will be the first of staff reports. Although the meeting this coming Tuesday will start at 4 pm the agenda notes that Misner Dam will not be discussed until after 5, so coming for 5 pm would seem to be indicated.

If you care about the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake, PLEASE COME OUT! This is a critical moment to get our Lake back. Council needs to know the citizens of Port Dover care deeply about their Lake and only your presence at Council puts that across. 

 Shirley and Roland Cawthorne will be handing out SAVE SILVER LAKE stickers at the door. Pick one up to show your support!

Staff Rpt Misner Dam April 5 2016


The picture below was taken in 2013. If you moved to Port Dover because of our wonderful natural resources and are concerned with the manner in which these are being gradually eroded in our community, please plan to attend this public Council Meeting in Simcoe. The study that was commissioned with our tax dollars in 2014 is finally being brought forward for discussion at the April 5 meeting. Started in 2014 and told every three months we would be hearing about the results soon, we now know meaning of ” soon” in the public service world.  

Our Proud Past (2013)

Our Proud Past (2013 above)

Yesterday afternoon, we received the following message from our Mayor Charlie Luke who has been pushing hard this past year for answers!

“I have met with Lee Robinson this afternoon. She will be announcing that the engineering reports and staff report will be coming to council on April 5th.”

With this in mind, The Port Dover Waterfront Association has sent out the following message to all members. Please bear in mind, you do not need to be a member to be a supporter!

To all Friends of Silver Lake:

The Mayor informs us that the consultant’s report on what to do about Misner Dam, commissioned in late December 2014, finally comes before Council this coming April 5. Please record in your calendars this date and time (5 pm, location 2nd floor, Simcoe Town Hall) and COME OUT TO THE MEETING.

Council needs to know that, despite the six years of this saga, Port Dover citizens remain vitally concerned for the future of Misner Dam and Silver Lake. Only your turnout conveys that message. Spread the word to all your neighbours.

When the consultant’s report is posted on the County’s website April 1 we shall flag it to you.
Ron Keating
for the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association, and its
Our Mission: “To restore and enhance Silver Lake and its environs for the benefit of Norfolk County”.
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.” Margaret Mead






Great story regarding Misner Dam featured in this week’s Maple Leaf. Be sure to read it all by clicking on the link below!

More Amazing Pictures of Silver Lake straight from Tim Warris’ Bryn Drone!

Silver Lake October 2014

Silver Lake October 2014

Silver Lake 2015

Silver Lake October 2015


Blue Heron, Blue Water, Silver Lake

Blue Heron, Blue Water, Silver Lake

An interesting link that Charlie is pursuing when he returns from vacation! No promises here but this information certainly provides some ammunition to our situation!



Meeting of The Birds of Directors

Meeting of The Birds of Directors

Update from Tim Rogers as follow up to Citizen Demonstration Wednesday July 8

 The last few weeks have been REALLY enjoyable with Silver Lake nearly full, and the last 3 days have simply been interesting.

As I promised at Wednesday’s Peaceful Gathering, here is an update:

Norfolk County Officials told us that MNR insisted that the county remove the newly placed stop logs. We have asked for a copy of the directive from the MNR that shows this demand. It was confirmed, as we suspected, that there was in fact no directive from MNR. We have however been provided with copies of sensitive inter-office Norfolk County email communication that show that Norfolk County took the initiative themselves to remove the logs after consulting with and being advised by Ryan Elliot of G.D. Valllee Ltd. Ryan is the person who did the Safety Review of the dam in 2010.

Eric D’Hondt’s statement in the Port Dover Maple Leaf was that the party(s) who placed the logs were trespassing on Norfolk County Property. In an email this week from one of our elected officials we were told that “No one seems to own the dam”. So it appears as though people cannot be charged with trespassing if they are on the dam since there is no owner.

Simon’s Construction removed the third log yesterday amid raucous protests that they were going to allow even more mud and silt to be dumped into the harbour than what they have already released. We demanded that they contact Scott Zerbes ( Senior Municipal Technologist Engineering Division Norfolk County) and Mayor Charlie Luke before they proceeded, but our cries went unheeded, the log was removed and MORE mud has entered the harbour now. Go look, you can see it pouring over the spillway. The next log was not removed (yet) Friday morning so hopefully someone from the county had enough sense to realize that there was more harm than (perceived) good being done by removing the logs. HOPEFULLY they will not remove more. And if they do, then hopefully there will not be ANOTHER dredge bill for over $200,000 (do you know where this money comes from???)

CHCH has reminded us of the MNR’s policy on dams. There are 2 video clips in the article. If you didn’t read/see it, it is at this link

At the end of it all we have generated a LOT of publicity and attention, which is what we needed. Now we need to stop with the publicity and run with this momentum and remain positive and move forward to get Silver Lake restored. Now.

We are recommending that citizens and supporters work diligently in conjunction with Norfolk County and the MNR to support Marion Gadsby’s work-in-progress to restore Silver Lake. Marion’s group has a plan that would involve dam repair, dredging, silt traps and the installation of fish ladders and a hydro-electric generator.  Marion has been advised that in principle the County and the MNR are in agreement with the direction in which her plan is headed, and Marion wants things to begin happening this year- this is not something that she nor anyone else wants to see sitting idle for 5 more years.

So a number of us are supporting Marion’s efforts and we encourage you to do so too. However, remember that Charlie Luke, John Wells, Eric D’Hondt, etc. are also citizens, property owners, taxpayers and people who have feelings and opinions too. I respectfully ask that if you have opinions of any of our elected officials or Norfolk County staff that are less than positive that you please not present these opinions in public forums. As good as it may feel to vent, nothing good comes from it. We will keep you updated with respect to Marion’s group’s progress and how you can help.

Enjoy the weekend, thank you all for your help and support for bringing Silver Lake to the forefront.

Port Dover residents are divided over the fate of a small, man-made lake that’s been part of the landscape for more than a century. The dam that created the lake is falling apart but no-one seems to know what to do about it or who’s…
Death in the Swamp

Death in the Swamp


Port Dover has a heart once again!

Port Dover has a heart once again! May it continue to beat strong!

Much appreciation to our creative and artistic photographer for a wonderful aerial view of this beloved lake! And much appreciation to the person(s) unknown who have returned it to us after 4 years of patiently trying to cooperate with the powers that be. We have been mired in more bureaucracy than there is silt in the lake. This summer we can open our windows wide to welcome fresh sweet summer air without having the air conditioning on 24 hours a day to cover the stench. There is even a swan back on the lake and kayaks and canoes!  It is real and no mirage. Last summer the curtains of rainbow lights on patches of water were also real – sewer gas has its own beauty! But for today, all is right with the world in this little fishing village.

We are full of gratitude for this gift and also more to come. Our local Engineering Brain Trust let by Marion Gadsby has reviewed all reports received from MNR to date and put together preliminary plans to address all concerns cited by MNR and which will also allow for the insertion of electric power generation for those who feel it will be a beneficial addition, a fish ladder for Anglers, and continued access to the lake. There will be no need to put up expensive fencing to protect people walking unknowingly onto  sludge that acts like quick sand.  In the months to come. we may have to make compromises but we should still be able to have the lake for its beauty, its wildlife, and the recreational activities we have enjoyed for generations. We also appreciate the local residents who have taken the time to respond to the headline story in the July 1st edition of the Maple Leaf regarding the stop logs  returned to the dam. This will be a test of government at all levels – after the silence of the lambs, Doverites are politely speaking up.


Our Harbour after 4 years of no dam dam!

Our Harbour after 4 years of no dam dam!








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