PETERBOROUGH, ONT. — The federal government has announced that $74 million will be spent over three years for infrastructure improvements along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site in Ontario.
A release from federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault, the minister responsible for Parks Canada, stated the spending would conserve the heritage value of these waterway, mitigate flood risks and enhance the waterway as a destination for tourists.
The Trent-Severn Waterway spans 400 kilometres with 44 locks, a marine railway and approximately 160 water control structures. The waterway receives one million visitors per year.
Projects funded include repairs to the Kirkfield Lift Lock; recapitalization of the walls, tunnels and valves at Lock 42 at Couchiching; recapitalization of the Little Chute Dam G near Port Severn; replacement of the Whites Portage Dam on Six Mile Lake; recapitalization of the valve tunnels for Healey Falls Locks 16 and 17; and creation of an access road from White’s Falls Road to the Pretty Channel Dam.
“Parks Canada’s robust dam and lock improvements along the iconic Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will ensure critical flood mitigation for regional communities and provide for safe navigational experiences for Canadians to connect with nature,” stated Guilbeault.
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