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Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series

Water Levsl 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 Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) 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 Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever’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 focuses on different topics, and we invite you to register for all three.

Saturday October 23, from 10 am to 12 pm

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

Water Levels COnfusion Georgian Bay

will focus on:

  1. What’s coming? Climate change impacts. Updates on water levels, forecasts, and impacts.
  2. A report on The Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes (Action Plan 2030)
  3. Impacts to wetlands, flora, and fauna. How adaptable are they?

Saturday November 13, from 10 am to 12 pm

Webinar 2: Shorelines & Shoreline Structures

Stuctural damage water levels

will focus on:

  1. Natural Coastal Processes: Naturalizing Shorelines – What to do (and not to do) on shorelines, what erosion impacts can we expect.
  2. Flooding – High Water Mark (Land/Water interface). What to do about shoreline cabins, sheds, docks, and boathouses. How should they be reconfigured (raised or moved)? What are the impacts/regulations? Should the municipal high water level mark be changed?
  3. Storms, waves and wakes. What can we expect from higher wind strengths and more frequent and intense storms increasing wave action? What can be done to reduce harmful boat wakes?

Saturday December 4, from 10 am to 12 pm

Webinar 3: Septics – Insurance – Businesses

will focus on: Septics and Water Levels

  1. Septic systems. How vulnerable is your septic system? What are the options to resolve septic issues?
  2. What are the potential future impacts on potable water in high or low water events?
  3. Insurance and Planning. What are the potential impacts on property insurance? What are the benefits of long-term planning versus executing short term solutions?
  4. Coastal Infrastructure. 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?

About the Speakers

GBA and GBF are currently working on confirming our speaker line-up. More details are coming soon.

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