Rising Waters in Lake Ontario force City of St. Catharines to Close Pier in Port Dalhousie

‘Water levels in Lake Ontario are forcasted to continue to rise. The City is monitoring the impacts of the spring thaw, rain and other factors that contribute to rising water levels and ewill respond as needed to maintain public safety and protect public assets.’ –City of St. Catharines

A News Release from the City of St. Catharines

Posted My 6th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Looking across from the east pier to the west pier in Port Dalhousie in the spring of 2017 when rising Lake Ontario waters flooded much of the shoreline grounds. file photo by Doug Draper

The east pier in Port Dalhousie is temporarily closed to the public due to high water levels in Lake Ontario.

Temporary fencing is being installed this May 6th to ensure the safety of visitors to Port Dalhousie along the east pier in the area of the Dalhousie Yacht Club. The temporary closure is in effect as of Tuesday, May 7 and will remain until water levels return to a safe level.

Water levels in Lake Ontario are forecasted to continue to rise. The City is monitoring the impacts of the spring thaw, rain and other factors that contribute to rising water levels and will respond as needed to maintain public safety and protect public assets.

Port Dalhousie Piers rehabilitation

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Bronte Construction are in regular communications and are monitoring water levels for potential impacts to the rehabilitation of the Port Dalhousie Piers.

Top priority is the safety of the public, its employees, and contractors. The fencing that has already been installed at the construction site remains in place. That restricted access should ensure that high water at the site does not become a safety issue.

The fencing is scheduled to remain in place until the work on the west side of the Pier is completed. At this time, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Bronte Construction does not anticipate that water levels will affect the overall project timelines.

The Port Dalhousie piers are owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and leased by the City of St. Catharines. Portions of the piers were closed in the interest of public safety in April 2015.

This decision was made by Fisheries and Oceans Canada following an engineering report that recommended limiting access to the piers because of significant damage to their substructure.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada awarded the contract to repair the Port Dalhousie Piers to Bronte Construction, and work began in December, 2018. The project is expected to be completed by March 2021.

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A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large – Niagara At Large and other news media have published reports recently that the Ford government in Ontario has slashed the amount of funding it provides to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and other Conservation Authorities across the province for flood management by about 50 per cent – that at a time when flooding is coming a more frequent occurrence in Ontario – costing homeowners, businesses and communities potentially billions of dollars in damage and destruction annually.

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2 responses to “Rising Waters in Lake Ontario force City of St. Catharines to Close Pier in Port Dalhousie

  1. That’s a terrific shot, Doug — glad to see it’s from two years ago, though. 🙂

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  2. James Vanderburgh

    It is unfortunate that the retaining walls being built are not high enough to prevent the park from flooding again in the future. Not sure why the engineers don’t remember the flooding from 2 years ago and design accordingly . The walls should be 2 feet higher to prevent flooding when we get strong winds from the north and the levels in the chanel rises accordingly .

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