As you may be aware, on June 1, 2015, Minister Aglukkaq announced new infrastructure investments totalling $39.4 million in the Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Among the projects derived from this funding was a projects totalling $3.1M for the reconstruction of Bobs Lake Dam in the Community of Bolingbroke.
As an interested stakeholder, I would like to provide the Friends of the Tay River Watershed Association with an update of the project. The following points may be of interest to your association:
a. The project objective is to reconstruct Bobs Lake Dam so that it meets the requirements of the Parks Canada Directive for Dam Safety and Canadian Dam Association Dam Safety Guidelines. The new dam will enhance public safety and Parks Canada operations;
b. The new dam will be constructed upstream of the existing structure between shore line property owned by Parks Canada. It will not be feasible to rehabilitate the existing dam due to its current state and challenging geotechnical conditions;
c. An engineering consultant has been engaged to undertake investigations, design development and construction contact administration. To date, topographical and bathometric surveys have been completed and work is advancing on design concept development. The next step will involve geotechnical investigations at the project site;
d. Once dam concept designs are completed, an environmental impact assessment will be initiated along with processes for required project permits and reviews.
I will endeavour to keep your association updated as project developments occur. Please contact me if you have question.
Mike McLay, P.Eng. M.Eng.
Parks Canada | Parcs Canada
PO Box 44030 Barriefield PO
Cellular Telephone 613-484-4964
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
Conserve, Restore and Connect with Nature | Conserver, restaurer et se rapprocher de la nature