Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

LPCIP News

Causeway Culvert Construction Completed

January 12, 2016 — Construction of the first of two large aquatic culverts on Long Point Causeway near the former mouth of Big Creek was completed in December. A second culvert will be installed at the north end of the Causeway in 2016. Dredging to connect the new culvert of open water areas of the Big Creek Marsh has been delayed until August due to environmental concerns. When completed, dredging will restore water flow and fish spawning habitat in the Marsh. The construction was carried out by Bre-Ex Construction Inc., of London, the low bidder on a tender issued by[…]

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Harper Government Announces Funding for New Wetland Restoration Project in Port Rowan

July 14, 2015 – Simcoe,ON Today, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, announced federal funding through the National Wetland Conservation Fund to support a new project in Port Rowan by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF). A total of $580,000 in funding will go to support the installation of two large culverts on the Long Point Causeway that will restore historic aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh National Wildlife Area and Long Point Bay, provide safe passage for wildlife under the road and open up large areas of the marsh as fish spawning habitat. “I’m pleased[…]

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More aquatic wildlife culverts for Long Point Causeway

Safe Passage: A Midland Painted turtle enters one of the new culverts that were installed under the Causeway in the fall of 2014 to enable wildlife to pass safely under the busy road. Port Rowan, July 17, 2015 – Two more aquatic wildlife culverts could be installed on the Long Point Causeway over the next two years thanks to a grant of $580,000 from Environment Canada’s National Wetlands Conservation Fund. The culverts would restore historic aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh National Wildlife and Long Point Bay, and provide safe passage for wildlife under the road. The project was[…]

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Two more wildlife culverts for Long Point Causeway

Port Rowan, Nov. 20, 2014. Two additional wildlife culverts will be installed under the Long Point Causeway this winter thanks to $120,000 in funding from the new National Conservation Plan launched by the federal government earlier this year. These culverts will provide safe passage for wildlife and potential aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay. “This new federal funding recognizes that wetland restoration is also an important ecological goal of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP), in addition to the reduction reptile road mortality”, said Paula Jongerden, chair of the LPCIP steering Committee. Jongerden noted[…]

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More wildlife culverts for Long Point Causeway

Port Rowan, Sept. 24, 2014 – The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) will be installing three more wildlife culverts this fall to reduce road mortality of Species at Risk turtles and snakes under the 3.6 km. roadway. Since the Project began in 2008, road kill of reptiles on the Causeway has been reduced by more than 50 per cent. The LPCIP will be paying all of the $307,000 in costs related to this construction project thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and Ontario’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. “We’ve received tremendous support[…]

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More wildlife culverts on the way

Road kill rates ‘way down’ as endangered species cross in safety By Katie Starr, Norfolk News Turtles, snakes and other endangered species will continue to be able to safely cross the Long Point Causeway as phase two of the wildlife culvert project moves ahead. Construction of three new culverts is due to begin this month and will end in November, said Rick Levick, co-ordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project Steering Committee. Levick was at council recently to discuss the second phase of the project, which seeks to reduce roadkill rates on the Causeway by getting animals to cross[…]

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A lesson on ecopassages

Rick Levick, coordinator with the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project stands with one of the displays at an open house held at the Port Rowan Community Centre on Thursday. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer) By Sarah Doktor, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:13:02 EST PM The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project held an open house at the Port Rowan Community Centre as part of their environmental assessment process and to inform the public of their plans to install up to nine more wildlife culverts. “They can ask questions and find out what we’ve done so far. Learn about what we’ve[…]

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Slow and steady saves the turtles

Photo by Katie Starr Author Jan Everett has written a children’s book about turtles traversing the Long Point Causeway. By Katie Starr, Norfolk News It started with a birthday present. After giving her baseball fanatic husband John tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field the year before, Jan Everett knew the pressure was on for birthday number 61. “So I decided to write him a book,” Everett said at her book signing in Simcoe last weekend. “It was something I had just giggled about doing before, but the words and illustrations just came to me.” Everett’s gift wasn’t just[…]

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Nine more ecopassages proposed for Causeway

By Pat Finney, Port Rowan Good News November 18, 2013 – The vision of further reducing reptile and amphibian mortality on the Long Point Causeway road and increasing the historic movement of water between Big Creek Marsh and the Inner Bay of Long Point, is one important step closer to becoming reality. At a Council-in-Committee meeting on November 5, Council agreed a) to be the proponent of the next phase of the project to install as many as nine more ecopassages: two aquatic or ‘wet’ ecopassages and seven more dry ecopassages, potentially bringing the overall total to 12 b) to[…]

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“Never Give Up” book for sale

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has teamed up with local children’s author Jan Everett to offer a revised edition of her popular “Never Give Up” book about little Johnny helping turtles cross a dangerous road.  The book is based on the true story of her husband John’s efforts to rescue turtles crossing the Long Point Causeway, once rated the fourth deadliest road for turtles in North America. Johnny’s story also reflects the work of local citizens since 2006 to reduce road mortality of turtles, snakes and frogs on the Causeway that is located in the Biosphere Reserve. The[…]

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