The collections of the R. Tait McKenzie and James Naismith Museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area do not meet the core mandate of CAs and will likely no longer qualify for Municipal Levy funding when new regulations take effect, expected in 2021. A Special Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from the museum, municipal, nonprofit and community organization sectors, was tasked by the Board in fall 2019 to review, comment and advise on options with respect to the future of the Museum.
The goal of the Mississippi River Watershed Plan is to examine long term stressors affecting the natural resources of the watershed, provide a forum for government and the public to articulate a vision for the desired state of those resources and develop a collaborative action plan to achieve that vision.
As part of an ongoing review of MVCA’s conservation area assets, a structural and safety assessment was undertaken of the K&P Trail bridge over the Clyde River in the Township of Lanark Highlands. The assessment determined the bridge deck and railings do not conform to current standards and should be replaced; the remainder of the structure is generally considered to be in satisfactory condition for a structure of its age. Options for the replacement of the bridge decking will be reviewed over the winter of 2021.
Shabomeka Lake Dam was built in 1910 and consists of a single concrete sluice and two earth embankments. The MVCA will be completing the Shabomeka Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project this fall, 2021. The existing concrete control structure will be demolished and rebuilt with an electrical bascule gate. A soil-cement-bentonite cut-off wall will be installed in the existing earth embankments. In addition, an emergency overflow channel will be installed on the north embankment.