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Work to Begin on the Owen Sound Mill Dam

Update – Mill Dam project extended, closed until January 31, 2016
The Conservation Authority is planning on completing long awaited concrete repairs to the Owen Sound Mill Dam. As a result, the gates will be raised immediately after the Thanksgiving weekend to allow the contractor to start the work. Water levels will drop but may fluctuate up and down depending on the amount of rain we receive this fall.

The contractor will be installing a temporary small dam behind the existing main gates so that the work area will be dry. All flows will be directed to the Mill Race and fishway. We are hopeful that the work can be completed by the end of November but it will be weather dependent.

Fish will still be able to migrate through the fishway. Unfortunately, in order to maintain a safe and secure work area, the access over the dam will be closed. The wooden deck will be removed and eventually replaced. No one will be allowed in this area.

If you wish to be kept up to date with this project or want to be informed regarding operations of the Mill Dam, contact John Bittorf (Water Resources Coordinator) by email j.bittorf@greysauble.on.ca and he will add you to our Mill Dam email list. All emails are kept confidential and you can remove your email at any time.

Grey Sauble Conservation
237897 Inglis Falls Road
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5N6

WSP Canada Inc.
1450 1st Avenue West, Suite 101
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5W3
519-376-7612 ext. 13259

Twenty Years in the Making – planting a living legacy

In 1995, the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation had a vision of creating a Memorial Forest Program. Through the support of Downs & Son, George Funeral Home and many hundreds of families, today over 2,000 trees have been planted in memory of a loved one. This year 189 trees were purchased and planted by volunteers for the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation at three different Memorial Forest sites: Big Mud Lake Management Area in Wiarton, Pottawatomi Conservation Area outside of Owen Sound and Griersville Management Area south of Meaford. Each site welcomes you with a small trail, bench and sign hosting all the names that have had a tree planted in their memory.

On June 14th, five hundred people are expected to attend the dedication ceremony held at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre for the families and donors of the memorial trees that have been purchased in the past year. At the end of the ceremony, one commemorative tree is dedicated in the Arboretum to mark the occasion and represents all of the trees planted that year at all three Memorial Forest Sites.

The vision of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation and the once empty fields are now a living memorial in memory of our loved ones, a place for our future generations and where you can find
peace, quiet reflection and remembrance.

Congratulations on building a forest and providing a living legacy for our loved ones!

Krista McKee
Community Relations Coordinator
519 376-3076 ext 224

Access trail closed to the base of INDIAN and INGLIS Falls

We remind everyone about the risks associated with unstable ice conditions and changes in watercourse flows as spring approaches. Climbing on waterfalls in any season is not a permitted
activity” states Chris Hachey, Lands Coordinator at Grey Sauble.

“This week’s warm weather – has started to deteriorate snow and ice strength. The ice has become unstable and water flows have started to increase”, explains Krista McKee, Community Relations Coordinator.

Visitors are reminded to stay on designated/marked trails and to stay alert for hidden dangers such as unstable ice, falling snow, cliff edges and changes to weather conditions.

BE responsible…. BE safe!

If you require further information, please contact me.

Krista McKee
Community Relations Coordinator
Grey Sauble Conservation
237897 Inglis Falls Road, R.R.#4
Owen Sound, Ont
519 376-3076 ext 224

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Currently closed properties are: Indian Falls (seasonal closure)

Most Properties and Trails Are Open! We would like to remind all visitors to GSCA properties to use caution this time of year, as trails may be slippery due to ice and snow.

Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.


Please note that due to concerns regarding COVID-19, GSCA has closed its Administrative Office to the public.  During this time, some GSCA staff will be working remotely and may not have access to office phones.

Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

Visit this link for more information about visiting properties during COVID-19.  Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

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