MEAFORD HARBOUR DREDGING - 1996
East Grey Hunters and Anglers Association
The west side of the harbour from the bridge to Nelson street was dredged to a depth of approximately 12 feet in an attempt to get the ice to flow out of the harbour. Originally 27 feet deep, the area had filled in with clean gravel from the Bighead River over the years, and spring ice jams often threaten property on the flood plain. The gravel was put into the Orchard Creek Fish and Wildlife Sanctuary to improve spawning beds for rainbows, browns and chinooks, and also into Georgian Bay to improve spawning beds for lake trout and whitefish.
Funding for the dredging came from profits from the Bayfield Street Boat Launch.