Bruce Beach Drain

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is investigating drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. between Concessions 8 and 10. The Township became aware of flooding along the roadway in the fall of 2018 and has since signed a petition through the Drainage Act to investigate the issue further.

Council appointed Dietrich Engineering Ltd. under Section 4 (1)(c) of the Drainage Act to manage the Bruce Beach Rd. Drainage Project.

Dietrich Engineering Ltd has identified various drainage issues and presented a number of concepts to solve the drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. The Have Your Say HK website is being used to collect community feedback about the current drainage issues affecting residents.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the project by reading the news article below or by watching the video. We encourage you to ask questions and let us know your concerns by sharing a story.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is investigating drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. between Concessions 8 and 10. The Township became aware of flooding along the roadway in the fall of 2018 and has since signed a petition through the Drainage Act to investigate the issue further.

Council appointed Dietrich Engineering Ltd. under Section 4 (1)(c) of the Drainage Act to manage the Bruce Beach Rd. Drainage Project.

Dietrich Engineering Ltd has identified various drainage issues and presented a number of concepts to solve the drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. The Have Your Say HK website is being used to collect community feedback about the current drainage issues affecting residents.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the project by reading the news article below or by watching the video. We encourage you to ask questions and let us know your concerns by sharing a story.

  • What is the Drainage Act?

    about 1 month ago

    The Drainage Act is used by Municipalities to construct, repair or maintain municipal drainage systems. The Act provides many benefits to both Municipalities and landowners during the design, development and construction of these drainage systems.

    Procedures under the Drainage Act are designed to enable non-riparian landowners to obtain a legal drainage outlet while safeguarding the rights and property of riparian landowners through which the drainage system may be constructed.

    What is a riparian and non-riparian landowner? A non-riparian landowner owns land which is not adjacent to the watercourse. A riparian landowner owns the property where the drain outlet is located.

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    The Drainage Act is used by Municipalities to construct, repair or maintain municipal drainage systems. The Act provides many benefits to both Municipalities and landowners during the design, development and construction of these drainage systems.

    Procedures under the Drainage Act are designed to enable non-riparian landowners to obtain a legal drainage outlet while safeguarding the rights and property of riparian landowners through which the drainage system may be constructed.

    What is a riparian and non-riparian landowner? A non-riparian landowner owns land which is not adjacent to the watercourse. A riparian landowner owns the property where the drain outlet is located.

    Drains constructed under the Drainage Act are user pay systems. This means that landowners that benefit from the construction of the drainage system, or own land which contributes runoff to the drainage system, will contribute a portion of the costs towards the design, construction and maintenance of the municipal drain. The most common means of fairly assessing project costs are through benefit and/or outlet liability assessments (Sections 22 & 23 of the Drainage Act R.S.O 1990).

    Aside from assessing costs, allowances are awarded to landowners whose property is physically affected by the construction and maintenance of the drain. The most common sections under the Drainage Act to award allowances are; Section 29 for right-of-way (similar to an easement), which awards compensation based on the area of land required to construct, improve and maintain the drain in the future; Section 30 for damages, which are awarded based on potential damages to ornamental trees, lawns, fences, lands and crops, etc. during the construction or improvements to the drain.

    Some other great advantages to using the Drainage Act include:

    • The Drainage Act provides a mechanism for establishing new drainage systems to solve existing drainage problems, while also providing provisions for future maintenance, repair, or improvements, all while avoiding the need of the court system (Common Law).
    • Municipal projects which require a portion of real-estate on private property are typically required to enter into costly, contentious and a very time-consuming process of negotiating and establishing easements. The Drainage Act does not impose registered easements onto Landowners. Instead ownership of private property remains unchanged, while still providing compensation to Landowners for the use of private property.
    • Works under the Drainage Act do not form part of the municipality's 10 year capital plan and therefore do not have to wait for or compete with other capital projects for a position of priority to advance to construction within the municipality.
    • The Drainage Act is a very public process which functions best when all those affected participate. Landowners have an opportunity to provide input throughout the report development process and also have full rights to appeal after the report has been adopted by Council.
    • Once a drainage works is constructed under the Drainage Act, the system becomes protected under by-law. This means that a change in ownership or dispute between neighbours is not going to destabilize the function or longevity of the drainage system.
    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.
  • Have We Been Down This Road Already?

    about 1 month ago

    Yes, in fact, we have!

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. was previously appointed by the Township under Section 4 (1)(c) of the Drainage Act on June 15, 2009. Dietrich Engineering Ltd. held preliminary meetings; conducted field surveys and investigations; and in the end completed a design of a drainage system to address the areas requiring drainage noted on the original petition. Project expenses including construction costs, damage allowances, right-of-way allowances, engineering & administration costs, and contingency/provisional costs were estimated. A preliminary assessment (cost sharing) of the estimated construction costs was also prepared.

    This material (design, cost estimates & assessments) was presented at...

    Yes, in fact, we have!

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. was previously appointed by the Township under Section 4 (1)(c) of the Drainage Act on June 15, 2009. Dietrich Engineering Ltd. held preliminary meetings; conducted field surveys and investigations; and in the end completed a design of a drainage system to address the areas requiring drainage noted on the original petition. Project expenses including construction costs, damage allowances, right-of-way allowances, engineering & administration costs, and contingency/provisional costs were estimated. A preliminary assessment (cost sharing) of the estimated construction costs was also prepared.

    This material (design, cost estimates & assessments) was presented at an information meeting held on September 5, 2009. Subsequent to the meeting, the Council instructed the Director of Public Works to withdraw his name from the petition. The petition became invalid, and the project ended.

    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.

  • What are the Existing Issues on Bruce Beach Rd?

    about 1 month ago
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    Bruce Beach Rd. is bound by Concession 8 Road to the South and Concession 10 Road to the North. Lake Range Rd is east of Bruce Beach Rd and is much higher in elevation. Lake Huron is west of Bruce Beach Rd.

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has been appointed to address drainage problems identified along Bruce Beach Rd between Concession 8 Rd and Highland Dr., and along Lake Range Dr. between Lots 41 to 48 inclusive.

    Three outlets into Lake Huron exist near the study area. The southern most outlet crosses Cameron Lane and has a watershed of approximately 100 acres...

    Bruce Beach Rd. is bound by Concession 8 Road to the South and Concession 10 Road to the North. Lake Range Rd is east of Bruce Beach Rd and is much higher in elevation. Lake Huron is west of Bruce Beach Rd.

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has been appointed to address drainage problems identified along Bruce Beach Rd between Concession 8 Rd and Highland Dr., and along Lake Range Dr. between Lots 41 to 48 inclusive.

    Three outlets into Lake Huron exist near the study area. The southern most outlet crosses Cameron Lane and has a watershed of approximately 100 acres based on topographical information provided by the Province. The middle outlet crosses Bruce Beach Rd. at Cottage No.98. The watershed area for this outlet is approximately 210 acres (based on information provided by the Province). It should be noted that a substantial portion of the watershed has been systematically tiled drained in an easterly and then southerly direction (i.e. a portion of the watershed has been tile drained away from 98 Bruce Beach Rd.). The northerly outlet which borders the study area is near Concession 10 Road and has a watershed of approximately 100 acres. There is a fourth outlet a short distance north of the previously mentioned outlet, however Dietrich Engineering Ltd. did not delineate a watershed for this outlet as it is two watercourses removed from the study area.


    98 Bruce Beach Rd.

    The 98 Bruce Beach Rd. outlet is the only existing outlet to Lake Huron within the study area and is identified to be one of the primary focus areas of the project. As mentioned earlier, the watershed area is approximately 210 acres (with a portion tiled away from 98 Bruce Beach Rd.). Approximately 195 acres (93%) of the watershed is east of Lake Range Dr.. The existing hydraulic configuration is as follows from upstream to downstream:

    • A private open ditch drainage system east of Lake Range Dr. which begins to transition into a gully type of channel approaching Lake Range Dr.
    • A 1500mm diameter corrugated steel pipe (CSP) through Lake Range Dr.
    • A gully type of channel between Lake Range Dr. and Bruce Beach Rd. with average grade in excess of 7% (based on topographical information provided by the Province)
    • A 900mm diameter high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe through Bruce Beach Rd.
    • An open ditch system downstream of Bruce Beach Rd.
    • A 1200mm diameter CSP to Lake Huron


    Highland Dr.

    The northern portion of Bruce Beach Rd. has been identified as an area which frequently floods causing the road to become impassable. In this area, an existing storm sewer pipe network exists along Highland Dr. This storm sewer system discharges onto the surface into a road ditch system along the east side of Bruce Beach Rd. Stormwater collects and sits in the roadside ditch and gradually soaks away or floods the roadway and the frontages of several cottages and then soaks away, depending on the size of the rainfall event.



    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.

  • The Project Plan

    about 1 month ago

    The proposed strategy for the development and implementation of a solution to drainage problems occurring along Bruce Beach Rd. is broken down into five broad steps:

    1) Identify and understand the problem. This includes determining the root cause of the drainage issues occurring along Bruce Beach Rd. This step also includes identifying additional values and principles to incorporate (if feasible) into the development of a solution to the problems.

    2) After identifying project goals and understanding the hydrologic structure of the watershed (i.e. understanding the root causes of the drainage problems), the next step is to develop possible solutions. It...

    The proposed strategy for the development and implementation of a solution to drainage problems occurring along Bruce Beach Rd. is broken down into five broad steps:

    1) Identify and understand the problem. This includes determining the root cause of the drainage issues occurring along Bruce Beach Rd. This step also includes identifying additional values and principles to incorporate (if feasible) into the development of a solution to the problems.

    2) After identifying project goals and understanding the hydrologic structure of the watershed (i.e. understanding the root causes of the drainage problems), the next step is to develop possible solutions. It is important to recognize that at this stage non-constructive criticism of possible solutions is premature and inappropriate. No idea is a bad idea, and all brainstormed solutions deserve the appropriate consideration which is due to them.

    3) The third step involves the preliminary investigation of previously brainstormed conceptual solutions, with the ultimate purpose of filtering/focusing the concepts to the most reasonable design option(s).

    4) Once the most reasonable design concept has been selected, the detailed design can take place, and likewise a more detailed estimate of the costs. Throughout the entire project, input from all stakeholders is expected. At this stage, input and participation is expected to be the most intense.

    5) The final step is implementation. This includes legislated procedures under the Drainage Act such as the preparation of a final engineer's report, consideration of the report by Township Council, appeal procedures, and the third reading of the by-law. After which, the construction phase may begin, including contract documentation preparation, tendering and award of the construction contract, construction itself, and finally the recovery of the actual (non-estimated) costs of the project.

    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.

  • Let's Solve This Problem

    about 1 month ago
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    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has provided a number of solutions to consider to solve the drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. (within the area of consideration based on the petition).

    Concept 1A

    This concept, which was also presented in 2009, proposes a new municipal drainage system along the southern portion of Bruce Beach Rd. The drainage system would consist of a piped drain including inlets (catch basins) at various low points along the road. This system would convey storm water to the existing outlet at 98 Bruce Beach Rd.

    Please note: this concept does not address the concerns along the northern...

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has provided a number of solutions to consider to solve the drainage issues along Bruce Beach Rd. (within the area of consideration based on the petition).

    Concept 1A

    This concept, which was also presented in 2009, proposes a new municipal drainage system along the southern portion of Bruce Beach Rd. The drainage system would consist of a piped drain including inlets (catch basins) at various low points along the road. This system would convey storm water to the existing outlet at 98 Bruce Beach Rd.

    Please note: this concept does not address the concerns along the northern part of Bruce Beach Rd. as such it would need to be coupled with another concept that addresses the drainage issues along the northern section of Bruce Beach Rd.


    Concept 1B

    This concept, which was also presented in 2009, includes a new municipal drainage system along the northern portion of Bruce Beach Rd. near Highland Dr. The drainage system would consist of a piped drainage system including inlets (catch basins) at various low points along the road. The drainage system would convey stormwater to a newly constructed outlet into Lake Huron.

    Please note: this concept does not address the concerns along the southern part of Bruce Beach Rd. as such it would need to be coupled with another concept that addresses the drainage issues along the southern section of Bruce Beach Rd.


    Concept 2

    This concept is similar to Concept 1 in that a new drainage system is proposed along the entire length of Bruce Beach Rd. between Highland Dr. and Concession 8. The concepts differ by the location of their outlet(s). Concept 2 proposes consolidating the outlets from Concept 1 into one individual outlet for the entire drainage system. The location of the new outlet is where Concession 8 Road meets the beach. This involves the disconnection and abandonment of the existing outlet at 98 Bruce Beach Rd.

    After conceptual design, Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has found that this proposal is likely to result in very high construction costs. In some cases along the length drainage system, the costs will simply not be feasible due to excessive depth. It is also anticipated that the drainage system's outlet would be very near the water's edge with high potential for a compromised outlet.


    Concept 3

    This concept is the first concept to reroute flows from Lake Range Dr. Concept 3 proposes a new municipal drainage system from the east side of Lake Range Dr., adjacent Lot 42, and commences downstream in a southerly direction to the intersection of Lake Range Dr. and Concession 8 Road. From this point the drain bends westerly and flows to Lake Huron.

    This concept still relies on the continued use of 98 Bruce Beach Rd.; however, flow passing through this outlet would be substantially reduced. This concept does not address the localized ponding along Bruce Beach Rd. and does not address flooding near Highland Dr.


    Concept 4

    This concept also focuses on the east side of Lake Range Dr. and proposes a stormwater management detention facility to provide quantity treatment for inflows entering the facility. Conceptual design work indicates that flow rates at the culvert through Bruce Beach Rd. (just upstream of 98 Bruce Beach Rd.) will be reduced by over 50%. The facility was designed with gradual side slopes that would allow for the detention area to be utilized for farming activities.

    This concept still requires the use of the outlet at 98 Bruce Beach Rd., flow rates passing through this outlet are expected to be substantially reduced. Like concept 3, this concept does not address localized ponding along Bruce Beach Rd. or flooding near Highland Dr.


    Concept 5

    The final concept concentrates only on issues near Highland Dr. So far, the only concepts which address this area are Concepts 1b and 2. Concept 5 suggest investigating the potential for infiltration within the road right-of-way near Highland Dr. Currently, stormwater infiltrates away; however, the imbalance between infiltration and storage causes frequent flooding. Depending on the suitability of the soils in the area (hydraulic conductivity and water table elevation) infiltration may be a possibility for managing stormwater.

    This concept requires more detailed investigation to make an informed decision about its suitability (including a soils test).

    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.
  • Moving Forward

    about 1 month ago

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has provided the following recommendations:

    • Concept 1a should be considered as a back-up to concept 4 if it is determined to be an unsuitable option. At the February 11th, 2019 presentation to the Township of Huron-Kinloss Council, it became apparent that some residents consider the extent of localized ponding along Bruce Beach Rd. to be excessive. Concept 1a is the only concept considered feasible for dealing with localized ponding on the south end of Bruce Beach Rd.
    • Concept 1b should be considered as a back-up to concept 5 (infiltration) if it determined that the soil...

    Dietrich Engineering Ltd. has provided the following recommendations:

    • Concept 1a should be considered as a back-up to concept 4 if it is determined to be an unsuitable option. At the February 11th, 2019 presentation to the Township of Huron-Kinloss Council, it became apparent that some residents consider the extent of localized ponding along Bruce Beach Rd. to be excessive. Concept 1a is the only concept considered feasible for dealing with localized ponding on the south end of Bruce Beach Rd.
    • Concept 1b should be considered as a back-up to concept 5 (infiltration) if it determined that the soil and water table cannot support concept 5.
    • Concept 2 is not recommended for further investigation due to high construction costs and unattainable required depths for the pipes.
    • Concept 3 should be compared against Concept 1a as both options have impacts on only the southern portion of Bruce Beach Rd. It is also important to note that if Concept 3 were coupled with concept 4 (detention facility), then the pipe diameter could be reduced dramatically; saving construction material costs.
    • Concept 4 is the recommended option for dealing with damage-causing flows through the 98 Bruce Beach Rd. outlet. Although cost estimates have not yet been prepared, based on conceptual design completed so far, this option offers the most benefit when compared to the amount of work likely required.
    • Concept 5 is difficult to assess at this time. If the soils are found to have properties favourable to infiltration, then this option may be very feasible, and offers the only solution for providing outlet to the Highland Dr. area of Bruce Beach Rd., without constructing a new pipe outlet to Lake Huron. Dietrich Engineering Ltd. recommends that a soils investigation be conducted to provide more information.
    Thank you to Dietrich Engineering Ltd. for providing this information.