Archived - Recapitalization of the Dam at Lock 37 on the Talbot River Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Talbot River (ON)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 06-01-19406
Parks Canada Agency: PWGSC Project Number 308146

Environmental Assessment Type


Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Parks Canada Agency
Transport Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On May 16, 2006, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because the Parks Canada Agency was the proponent for the project and considered providing financial assistance to the proponent; Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act and because Transport Canada considered taking action in relation to section 5 of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

This project is located at Lot 1, Concession 7, Township of Thorah (Brock), Regional Municipaltiy of Durham and Lot 1, Concession A, Township of Ramara (Mara), County of Simcoe, Talbot River, Trent-Severn Waterway. Project components include the construction activities required to replace (reconstruction in-place) the existing Dam at Lock 37 with a new dam as well as the operation of the new dam once complete. The construction phase will include; removal of the existing dam, construction of a new dam in the same location, and all associated works to facilitate the construction including the installation and removal of two cofferdams one above and below the dam.

Final Decision

A decision was taken on May 28, 2010 and was that the authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.