Shoreline Protection Maintenance and Repair

I had perfect weather and the cedar posts were replaced on Saturday. My Dad and Uncle got a kick out of helping me fix up the shoreline protection, and seeing how easy the excavator could push the cedar posts down into the sand and clay layer. What took 1 day for me, was many weeks for my Dad and his brother by hand over 35 years ago.

The excavator first found and lifted most of the rubble and granite out of the sand, while clearing a path for the cedar post replacement. The old cedar posts while excavating and removing snapped off mid way down due to their age (rotting), so to avoid hitting them when pushing down the new posts we ended up putting the new line of cedar posts about 2 feet closer to the land/road. The excavator sorted the rubble from the granite, then placed the rubble tight against the cedar posts at the base, followed by the granite placed on top. There ended up being only a few spots that cement rubble and rebar was still exposed.

You can see a section of the new cedar posts on the right side and the cement rubble and granite on the left side of this stream.

Shoreline Protection Background:

The Corke property has now finally addressed the issue of shoreline protection. In the 1970’s my grandfather installed shoreline protection consisting of cement, granite boulders and a row of timber posts, which was still present and has mature vegetation established behind it. This shoreline protection was nearing end of life primarily due to the 1989 Shoreline Management Plan recommending against hardening of the shoreline and not allowing for maintenance or repair of shoreline protection along Hastings Drive. Yet due to the 2014 Riggs Engineering Report which allows repair of existing shoreline protection and recent emergency high Lake Erie water levels, the LPRCA Board approved and expedited shoreline maintenance and protection on Hastings Drive and the rest of Long Point (LPRCA Motion A-173/17).

As a result of this LPRCA Board motion Permits for shoreline protection repair on the Corke property were obtained.

The MNRF issued a Letter to Proponent, under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 for the proposed shoreline protection improvement project on The Corke Property. The MNRF determined that the activities associated with the shoreline protection maintenance project, as currently proposed, will likely not contravene section 9 (species protection) and/or section 10 (habitat protection) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA 2007) for the species at risk.

Based on these approvals, the shoreline protection of the Corke Property has now been carried out. Yet, the replacement of cement rubble/rebar with granite boulders is currently still in discussion with the MNRF since more information was later requested by staff.

In December 2017, LPRCA Hastings Drive Fill Permits were issued for all of the Norfolk County owned lots along Hastings Drive to more effectively protect Hastings Drive from high water and wind.

On July 5, 2017 - LPRCA Board Resolution# A-178/17, the requirement for safe access and egress is deemed to be satisfied by the Norfolk County Safety Strategy for Long Point and Turkey Point.

Riggs Engineering Report for Hastings Report 2014:

“Majority of the shoreline along Hastings Drive that contains seasonal residences is protected

with various shore protection, consisting mostly of broken concrete rubble. Shoreline reaches

between the residences (which once contained cottages that were since washed out by the past

storms) also have remnants of past shore protection, and mostly consist of beach sand

mixed with concrete rubble. This is the case for the entire 2.5 km shoreline that runs parallel to

Hastings Drive."

“Minor maintenance of existing shore protection systems may, however, be allowed. Included in

the definition of minor maintenance is repositioning of existing shore protection (rock and/or

concrete blocks), but does not include upgrades and/or bringing new materials to the site. If

existing shore protection includes a row of posts driven into the ground that have become

damaged (rotted, sheared off) these may be allowed to be removed, and new equivalent posts

be driven in the same location. Replacement must ensure length, diameter and top elevation of

posts be matched with existing posts.”

LPRCA Board Motion A-173/17:

That the LPRCA Board of Directors approves on an emergency basis shoreline protection

deemed not to impact neighbouring properties and least likely to impact the neighbours or the

beach; And Further that approvals be granted as expeditiously as possible.

Update March 10, 2018: Winter ice thaw and high winds did not effect the cedar posts replaced and they did there job very well. Higher then normal water looks to be for Lake Erie this 2018 season.

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