Silver Lake Fills In, What Now?

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Today is June 1st and contrary to what was reported by another local newspaper, it seems very unlikely that dredging and/or repair of Port Dover’s Silver Lake/Misner Dam will take place in four short weeks. Depending on which side of the issue you stand on this is either good or bad news. The environmentalists concerned with the health of our waterways and the factions concerned with county wide taxes increasing to pay for Dover’s mill pond see this as a positive- because the longer nature has to reclaim land and issue in new growth, the more expensive any development will be and thus less likely to be economically feasible. On the other hand, for those in favour of restoring the dam and dredging the mill pond for recreational use things are moving in an opposite direction.

There are a number of publicly known factors preventing any form of development- major environmental assessment is required due to years of commercial greenhouse operations, the failing structure of the dam itself which is subjected to more damage with each passing winter, a cultural assessment required by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture to document, record and study any cultural remains at the site and the need to clarify the ownership of the dam, the road and allowances and the mill pond itself. So what now? Perhaps it is time to start thinking about what can be done IF the dam is decommissioned. The Silo learned of one such initiative.
IF Silver Lake continues to fill in at its current rate, one proposal sees this area being forested and converted into a National Park. This may sound radical but it could work. We were told that Minister Diane Finley was contacted last year with such a proposal. We contacted her office and were told by an aide that ownership of the dam and mill pond is still undecided at that our requests for comment must come from Media Relations in Ottawa. We will keep you updated.

So what are the options IF the dam is decommissioned? Tell us your thoughts- send an email with DAM in the subject line to

2 Comments to Silver Lake Fills In, What Now?

  1. Harry thanks for your comments. I think the taxpayers DO care who owns the dam- after all it’s their $ that will be spent on this project.
    I understand that you are likely retired and you’ve seen ‘enough’ growth in your lifetime but a lot of our readers disagree.
    Keep those comments coming in! CP

  2. harry carter

    i`ll start with Silver Lake……who cares who owns the dam get it fixed and the lake filled back up and worry about who owns it then………and the new houses they are building in Port Dover…scrap it…i live in Burlington and i seen first hand what hapeens…Oakville,Milton,Waterdown,creates congeston,pollution,vandelizam.small gangs that get bigger…..stop the building………..wind mills scrap that deal also………..i love port Dover the way it is….you dont need all the other crap..i go to Port Dover all the time because its the only place that has all you need the way it is now.people of Port Dover will see the big change if it comes and thet will not like it and move away….why do you think all these for sales signs say….Thankss for letting me vent my spleen…i love dover…love it love it love it….i`m 67 years of age not a young skalltwag who thinks this growth is good for them..

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