Lake Lisgar Continues to Lead The Way!

11856497_10206711361970286_6783086177986272792_oHow the World changes on a dime! It would appear that the gears of bureaucracy grind slower depending on where one lives!

In conversation with Frank Kempf of Tillsonburg, leader of the group who led the beautiful man-made lake project which has resulted in the amazing Lake Lisgar, it was our very own Silver Lake that sparked their original idea. This idea and vision clearly illustrates what a committed group of ordinary citizens can accomplish with a strong vision for the future and support from the community and ministries working together in a collaborative way!

Kudos are in order. Below, is a copy of an article published August 25 on page 2 in the Norfolk News . Lake Lisgar is a multifaceted recreational lake that provides local residents with accessible fishing, sailing, canoeing and other water sports in a beautiful venue just like Silver Lake before the logs were removed from our dam. They apparently have run into no road blocks keeping their lake clean and dredged.

Well Done Lake Lisgar!

Well Done Lake Lisgar! We encourage our readers  to check out the website for Lake Lisgar Water Park Tillsonburg!


A Community with Vision and Will for the Future

The following photograph and accompanying article below was submitted by Tim Warris and published in the Simcoe Reformer  October 3rd, 2013.

Members of the Board of Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association have received enthusiastic and positive feedback about this article.  We are posting it on the website for those who do not subscribe to the Reformer and were mystified by Mr. Travale’s response in the most recent Port Dover Maple Leaf which appeared without reference or context.

An example of what can be done with vision and will!

An example of what can be done with vision and will!

“I spent the afternoon on Sunday wandering around Tillsonburg, especially around Lake Lisgar and I came away very impressed and disappointed at the same time. I lived in Tillsonburg some 30+ years ago, right next to this lake, but haven’t been back to the lake in some time.

I was quite impressed at just how great the entire area around the lake looks, and with the condition of the lake itself. I seem to recall when I lived there it was a lot more like what our Silver Lake in Port Dover looks like today, a silt filled swampy mosquito factory.

A quick look at the images I took of the lake on Sunday will show just what can be done when a community and council are behind a project to improve a major piece of their town. The lake is clean, accessible and inviting. There is an active sailing club, a great looking gazebo over the water, a huge, well maintained public dock for the local rowing club, which is in its own nice looking building and clear, deep water. A large bridge spans the middle of the lake allowing access to either side easily. The lake is surrounded with parks and benches and the surrounding area is teaming with wildlife and activity. From what I could tell, a lot of the work was done in the last 10 years or so from a private foundation and provincial grants.

The area is incredible and something Tillsonburg should be very proud of.

Now let’s contrast this with what we have in Port Dover at Silver Lake, the former Sutton Pond, and what looks like the next victim, Lake George in the middle Simcoe.

Silver Lake has been made into a disaster at the hands of an incompetent council that should have done some due diligence before opening up a can of works with the MNR and MOE. It’s filling quickly with silt, it stinks in the summer and all the good will and effort put forward by the Lion’s Club to build a park around the lake has been squandered.

Efforts to solve the problem have been met with resistance from people outside the of the community, that, for some reason that is lost on me, think this is better then spending what it would take to build something similar to what I saw on the weekend in the next county over.

Why can we not come up with the people, effort, funds and pride to have these amazing places in our towns? What is it about Tillsonburg that is so special that their citizens can see their way to something so much better than abandoned parks? For a hundred years Lake George in Simcoe with the centerpiece of the town, what has changed so dramatically that the current generation is not able to maintain and build on what was there? The best we can do is to let it all rot.

Clearly as can be seen in Tillsonburg, anything is possible if the community wants it enough.

We need to not give into the CAVErs (citizens against virtually everything) and impotent short sighted councils. It’s time to take a trip to Tillsonburg, have a look at what they have done, and be embarrassed.”


Storm Sewer Running Into Silver Lake

Storm Sewer Running Into Silver Lake

This was installed when St. Andrew Street was redone. This along with about a dozen other drains coming in from Main, St. Andrew and St. Patrick have helped fill the lake a bit. Picture compliments of Helen Bingleman.

To our Community:

 A Town Hall meeting is called for Thursday, May 9, 7 pm, Port Dover Lions Community Centre, to allow our citizens to hear and discuss with our elected representatives

 a) just where we are with repair of Misner Dam and
b) what next steps may be.

 The recent findings that the Dam needs to withstand a flood of major proportions, with cost implications in the ten or twenty million dollars range has caused Council to adopt a resolution as per

 March 26, 2013, Resolution Number 8: Moved by Councillor Wells, Seconded by Councillor Oliver

That Staff Report P.W. 13-24 Misner’s Dam, MNR Response, be received as information;

AND THAT fully recognizing that Norfolk County is not the “owner” as defined in the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act and this fact has been communicated to the officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) from the outset of this matter;

AND FURTHER THAT Norfolk County Council direct staff to cease all work on the application to repair the Misner’s Dam;

AND FURTHER THAT the existing Misner Dam Council Committee (Councillors Wells, Oliver, Geysens, Mayor Travale and staff) continue discussion with Federal and Provincial Government Authorities and the community with the interest to resolve the Misner’s Dam issue and ensure that the life and property of those below the dam be protected from any catastrophic event as documented in the IDF study.

The Mayor and Councillors are looking forward to an opportunity to discuss all this with the Community. Hopefully MNR, our MP, and our MPP will also be in attendance to participate in and add to the discussion.

All of us concerned with repair of Misner Dam and restoration of Silver Lake are urged to turn out and participate.

 Share this message with your friends and neighbours who may not receive email communications, and  persuade them to come out with you.

 May 9, 7 pm Community Centre!



South Side Pond is Staying Put in Woodstock

Silver Lake by Helen Bingleman

Check out the Woodstock Sentinel Review to see how they are approaching the contentious issue of an aging dam and pond!

The city council voted to endorse an environmental assessment that recommended the rehabilitation of the existing pond. Largely because of the overwhelming public support, the council took the gutsy move to not remove the pond and dam structure. This may be an entirely different issue that we have at Silver Lake, but Woodstock is listening to the people they represent. Background articles are available on the online issue of the paper today. Attached is a link to the cover story.

Scan Woodstock Pond

Water Quality in the Long Point Region A Summary of the 2002-2005 Conditions and Trends

The many faces of Silver Lake!

Today we were going through some resource information we have collected and are posting a Summary of Water Quality in the Long Point Region showing conditions and trends. There has been discussion regarding leaving the lake to return to a stream for anglers. The report released by  Grand River Conservation Authority points out that our streams are showing a warming trend over time that will continue to have adverse impact  cold water fish. The dream of a cold water stream is moving quickly into a day dream as nature runs its course.

The warming trend in summer water temperature values across several watersheds (e.g. Big Otter Creek, Big Creek and Lynn River) is of obvious concern to maintaining the current cool and cold water fisheries. If you are interested in reading more about this, we are posting the entire document. If you are not a techie on this subject, you may find the executive summary interesting. It includes a brief summary of the major water quality issues within each of the six watersheds.

Whatever our interest may be, a new posting is always an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Silver Lake, through the wonder of digital photography and enhanced by memories of the past and our wish for the future.

LPRCA Water Quality July07.

Note: When you click on the link above, it will take you to a comment window where you need to click on the link again to access the full report@

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