Dear Mr. MacEachern:
Thank you for your follow-up email of June 21, 2017 regarding the beaches along Lake Huron in the Township of Huron-Kinloss. I note you have concerns about our previous correspondence sent to you. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the ministry’s position and provide you with the following information.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) works with organizations, such as the Lake Huron Center for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) to gain expert technical advice on the status, management and maintenance of Lake Huron’s beaches and help the ministry inform decision-making. It is my understanding that the LHCCC has been invited to the Bruce Beach Cottagers’ Association’s annual meeting in August. I encourage your association to hold discussions with the LHCCC and draw from their expertise to gain a better understanding about the dynamic and complex processes of beaches, dunes and water levels. Further, I am confident that the LHCC would be able to provide you with greater detail on how the beach has changed over the past 100 years.
With regard to your concerns about nutrients in Ontario waters, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) oversees water quality in Ontario waters. I have copied MOECC and I trust that they will take your views into consideration. You can also contact MOECC at 1-800-565-4923.
As mentioned in our previous correspondence, the ministry remains committed to the Memorandum of Agreement and is supportive of the township's efforts in managing activities on these beaches to balance recreational use and access with the interests of protecting these sensitive systems. I encourage the Bruce Beach Cottagers Association to continue working with the township to find a solution to your concerns regarding beach access.
Thank you again for writing.