Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Silver Creek Wetland

 The Silver Creek Wetland Project
It seems like I have been unable to get away for some time now!  So, we headed off to one of my favourite places, Georgian Bay, for a family visit.
We mixed business with pleasure and did some filming for a mini-documentary that we are working on around "water" issues.  We originally filmed this project two years ago but have decided to find out what has happened with the issues surrounding the Silver Creek Wetland.
My son came along as a member of the film crew and he certainly was charming!

The map below gives you an idea as to the size of Georgian Bay and puts into perspective the problem that we have been following. Simply stated, Georgian Bay is huge.  It is part of Lake Huron which is the third largest freshwater lake in the world.  The Silver Creek wetland on the other hand is tiny by comparison.  It flows into Georgian Bay and is the last remaining unpolluted wetland in the entire bay area.  You can drive past it in a minute but its source is high up on the Niagara Escarpment and has fortunately still not been discovered by companies bottling fresh water.

Port Elgin, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay
So, the problem has been....development.  Of course the lure of living by such a beautiful body of water has caused many a debate in this relatively small community.  Retirees looking for a quick escape out of the city along with families hoping for a weekend retreat have all flocked to this area and driven the population up to a point where sound thinking does not seem to prevail.
More development.....followed by more development....leading to little regard for the environment.

Looks like this project has bit the dust and will not be saved by the town or its citizens. I wonder when people will accept or wake up to climate change and our need to be vigilant in decisions that surround our valuable sources of remaining fresh water.

A tantôt


  1. Wasn't it Mark Twain who said that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over? I think he made this comment while living in California. :D

    Thanks for posting such an interesting post! We should all be conserving water.

  2. I believe you are right. I think there are some battles over water in our future. I just wish that we would wake up and be pro-active in our thinking.
    Glad you enjoyed the post.


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