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Access denied to Walkway at Middle Durham Dam

Posted: July 10, 2020

Saugeen Conservation Closes Access Across

Middle Durham Dam

Saugeen Conservation (SVCA) will be closing access across the Middle Durham Dam due to significant challenges with respect to public use. 

Over the past few weeks, the SVCA had to address the issues of increased visitor presence at the dam and the lack of regard for public safety.  “While we certainly appreciate that people are eager to get out and enjoy the summer months, we cannot condone unsafe behavior that could result in personal injury”, stated Jo-Anne Harbinson, Manager of Water Resources and Stewardship Services. 

It has become apparent that individuals gaining access to the Middle Durham Dam have put themselves, and others, at risk by not adhering to safety guidelines, especially in close proximity to a major dam.

The SVCA is working closely with both the Municipality of West Grey and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to ensure that measures are put into place that will help safeguard the public from potential hazards to the best of our ability.  “We are very disappointed to be put in the position of having to close access” continued Harbinson, “but public safety is always first and foremost.”

In addition, all parties are asking that the public respect the fencing that has been installed along the top of the dam.  Anyone caught in the fenced area or jumping from the dam structure may be charged with trespassing.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, as this is a matter where decisions are ultimately based on the behavior of a few.  The SVCA, Municipality of West Grey and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will continue to work together on possible solutions and provide updates as necessary. 

For more information, please visit www.svca.on.ca

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