Bruce Beach Drain

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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.

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    Do you mean that the HK Council as" the Petitioner" could decide to go ahead with the proposals as they stand without the consent of the property owners who would have to then pay the levy according to the Municipal Drainage Act? That's not very democratic! When are the next Municipal elections?

    gillian norton Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting Drainage Act information in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    Why has there been no mention that the 98BB outlet is private? Why is there no acknowledgement that upland water draining through this property is contrary to the drainage act? All of the stormwater originates from Lake Range Road and Above. Cottages along Bruce Beach Road should not be responsible for costs associated to poor municipal storm water infrastructure originating upland of their properties furthermore, 98/97BB should not be responsible to manage this upland water runoff either. The upland storm water should be retained at source and any overflow should be diverted down public lands (Concession 8 & 10).

    MG99 Asked 9 months ago

    We will address your concerns and the Drainage Act in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    At the Council meeting of Oct 21, 2019, Dietrich Engineering was asked whether they had studied the use of an expanded ditch on the east side of Bruce Beach Rd as a lower cost alternative to the proposed infiltration gallery. They responded that they had, and that they would make the information about this option available. When and how will this information be made available? Al Cottage 136

    Al Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting design information in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019.  

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    The proposed infiltration unit along Bruce Beach Road from cottage 137 to 150 is a solution way beyond necessity to solve the minor flooding that occurs each Spring from a questionable drain on Highland Drive. What action needs to be taken to stop this proposal from ever happening? David 144

    davidwest144 Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting more detailed information on the Drainage Act and the design details at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    Why have the consultants not offered any solutions for the ponding and flooding of properties that occurs between #136 and # 99 and #97 to #88?( See picture of Flooding at 120 Bruce Beach Rd.) Owners have repeatedly asked for a ditch (low cost, low tech) on the east side of Bruce Beach Rd to address the ponding and flooding.

    Joan123 Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting design information in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    Huge Volumes of water from the Lake Range Rd East and West sides drains into the Gully above the #98 Outlet. The ditches here are filled 1 meter wide and 8 to 12 inches deep during rain events. All properties on lake range are graded and sloped downward towards the ditches. Did the modelling for the SWM plan for intake capture of all the drainage from either side of Lake Range Road between the 10th and 8th in addition to the 200 acres of farmland?

    Joan123 Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting design information in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    The Bruce Beach Ravine/ Gully above #98 outlet is an ecologically sensitive area that has been severely damaged since HK has used this ravine/gully to drain and manage the stormwater of 200 acres of agricultural land as well as all of Lake Range Road stormwater. Why has HK not asked for an Environmental Appraisal of the Bruce Beach Gully above #98 outlet? We would request HK seek an Environmental Appraisal as the Drainage Act provides for this.

    Joan123 Asked 9 months ago

    We will be presenting design information in more detail at the public meeting on November 30, 2019

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    Why has Huron Kinloss Council and Dietrich Engineering the Consultant not measured the 12 Guiding Principles submitted by local Bruce Beach owners and submitted to Dietrich Engineering by Council. These key stakeholders who submitted the Principles represent over 61 property owners, all owners on Bruce Beach Rd between Highland Drive and Concession 8.

    Joan123 Asked 9 months ago

    On December 3, 2018, Council received the guiding principles submitted by local Bruce Beach property owners and directed staff to forward them to the Engineer for information. This along with all comments and input provided by land owners are being considered. 


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    Since the meeting on Nov 30th is for Dietrich to explain their proposals and the proposed cost estimates I want to know HOW the decision to proceed or NOT will be made, by WHOM and how much input the property owners will have?

    gillian norton Asked 9 months ago

    Throughout the project the property owners have been given an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on a solution for the drainage problem in Bruce Beach.  All input is being considered.  As per the Drainage Act, the petitioner is the only one that can remove their name from the petition and halt the project, in this case the petitioner is the Township of Huron-Kinloss. 


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    1. Does the asphalt over the Infiltration Gallery in the cross-section drawing mean that the road will become asphalt covered where the Gallery is to be installed, between Cottages 137 and 150 Bruce Beach Road? Is this asphalt part of the estimated project cost? Will the rest of the road going south remain gravel? Is the asphalt a necessary part of installation because gravel is not strong enough to protect the Gallery? 2. What time of year would installation take place and how long would it last? Would cottage access be reduced or eliminated during construction? 3. How would maintenance of the Infiltration Gallery be done? Would asphalt have to be broken up? What is estimated frequency and cost of maintenance, and how would costs be allocated? 4. Would the final cost assessment to each property be calculated based on road footage or some other criterion? Would we get details of how costs are allotted? 5. Does the Infiltration Gallery not seem like an overly complicated, costly, disruptive, and uncertain solution to relatively minor short-term spring flooding problem that is of little concern to many of us summer-only Bruce Beach residents who never experience it first-hand? How many residents actually complained about this flooding? Are these residents from the area of highest allotted costs, between 137 and 150 Bruce Beach Road? 6. Our estimated assessment of $2,900-$4,300 for the Infiltration Gallery is startling for something we do not want. Plus there likely will be on-going maintenance costs, and it may not even work properly. All the reactions viewed on this website seem negative to us. Should not approval for this large contentious project be put to a vote of all those assessed for its costs before any action is taken? 7. Would it not make sense to try something much simpler at first, such as just lengthening and deepening the trial ditch that is there now? Judging by the reported small flooding last spring, the trial ditch may already have reduced the problem somewhat by improving seepage into the ground. Such small actions should be included under road maintenance for which we pay large taxes. 8. Why is it that meetings, presentation, etc. regarding issues that largely and often solely affect Bruce Beach summer-only residents are often held in the off-season when we are not available without great inconvenience?

    9 months ago

    • Does this mean that the road will become asphalt covered where the Infiltration Gallery is installed? – The presentation previously presented suggests asphalt over the infiltration gallery for ease of maintaining the road.
    • Is this asphalt part of the project cost? – Yes, and assessed to the Township.
    • Will the rest of the road going south remain gravel? – we do not propose resurfacing the rest of the road.
    • What time of year would installation take place and how long would it last? – On the current timeline, and without surprises, we could anticipate construction in 2020, with the summer being the earliest possible start time.  The length of time for construction is dependent on the Contractor.
    • Would cottage access be reduced or eliminated during construction? – Cottage access would be reduced, however we expect only for short intervals.
    • How would maintenance of the Infiltration Gallery be done?  What estimated frequency and cost of maintenance, and how would costs be allocated? – Maintenance would be done be sucking out sediment using a vac truck at manhole locations.  The manufacturer of the product recommends that maintenance needs should be monitored periodically, but they expect on a system like this that maintenance would be on a 5 to 10 year cycle.  Costs would be minimal.  Costs would be shared between the Township and the community.
    • Would the final cost assessment to each property be calculated based on road footage or some other criterion? – Assessment of costs will be discussed in more detail at the next public meeting.
    • Can you provide a spreadsheet showing how the numbers are generated, or an explanation of the method used? – Assessment of costs will be discussed in more detail at the next public meeting.  Handouts will be provided.
    • Does the Infiltration Gallery not seem like an overly complicated, costly, disruptive, and uncertain solution to an annoying but relatively minor short-term problem? – Consideration must be given to the safety of the road, the needs & priorities of the community, the real estate constraints of the site. 
    • Would it not make sense to try something much simpler at first, such as lengthening and deepening the trial ditch that is there now? – This design option (along with variations) is being reviewed.
    • Why is it that meetings, presentation, etc. held in the off-season? A project under the Drainage Act does take time to follow the legislation.  The date was chosen in order to keep the project moving.  Please see Report DRAIN2019-11-17 that was presented to Council on November 4, 2019.  As noted in the report, if the public meeting was delayed until the spring, construction of the project could not begin any earlier than 2021. There are many property owners that are greatly affected by the water and have encouraged Council to provide a solution to the water issue in a timely manner.