Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

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Eco-passages County responsibility

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:24:45 EST PM Eco-passages provide a safe route between Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay as well as letting water flow between the two. Norfolk County and Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation are trying to come to an agreement as to whose responsibility it is to maintain the passageways. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Norfolk County is on its own now that the eco-passages project on the Long Point Causeway is complete. Lee Robinson, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, presented a contract on future maintenance at Monday’s meeting of Norfolk council.[…]

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Long Point Causeway Project featured in Spotlight on Conservation newsletter

Animex, the British firm that designed and produces wildlife exclusion fencing made from recycled plastics, launched its new Spotlight on Conservation newsletter in October by featuring the work of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.  The e-newsletter is distributed to Animex clients and contacts around the world.  What are the challenges you faced? When we first started our mitigation work in 2008, we quickly found out that there were few, if any, projects dealing with reptile road mortality anywhere in North America. As a consequence, we’ve had to do some pioneering, often experimental work to get the job done. We’re[…]

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Wildlife protected from vehicles on Long Point Causeway

Nearly 5-km of fencing and 9 culverts installed along Long Point Road By Alex Brockman, CBC News Posted: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Conservationists in southwestern Ontario credit culverts and fencing with reducing road mortality for reptiles on a deadly stretch of roadway. Long Point Road is the only roadway connecting Long Point, Ont. with mainland Norfolk County. The causeway runs parallel to the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, making a deadly crossing for animals there. Reptiles faced threats from vehicles travelling on the roadway for years, with 250 turtles and snakes crushed[…]

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Causeway wildlife crossing project enters final phase

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer SIMCOE – As work on wildlife and ecological protection measures along Long Point causeway finally comes to an end, one key question remains unanswered. Who will take care of the underground passageways that run between the marsh and the bay as well as the low-level fencing that discourage turtles from crossing the road? The citizens group behind the project has raised more than $2.7 million over the past decade for the mesh fencing and construction of 12 culverts that allow safe migration under the roadway for snakes, turtles, and other wildlife. But[…]

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Culverts aim to boost up fish habitat

By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:21:14 EDT PM Fish spawning grounds in Long Point marsh will be given a boost once two culverts are built underneath the causeway dividing the wetland from the inner bay, says the head of the project. The passageways will allow the marsh to be “flushed” regularly as storms push water underneath the roadway and it flows back into the bay days later, said Rick Levick, project manager for the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. “We’re putting (the marsh) back to the way nature designed it,” said Levick. “It’s deteriorating. It’s[…]

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Council green-lights causeway project; Long Point culverts to help sensitive species move

Norfolk News By Ben Forrest Simcoe, Jul 17, 2015 — A project aimed at helping sensitive species get across the Long Point Causeway can enter its next phase, pending funding allocations and other approvals. Norfolk council has approved the third phase of the project, which would create aquatic culverts designed to help species get from one side of the causeway to the other, without crossing the road. This phase of the project has an estimated $920,000 price tag but would be paid for entirely with funding from the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation. The foundation has secured $580,000 from[…]

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$120G for Long Point ecopassages

by Monte Sonnenburg, Simcoe Reformer LONG POINT, Dec.10, 2014 – The odds keep improving for wildlife in the Port Rowan area that insists on commuting between Long Point Bay and the Big Creek Marsh. Organizers of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) hoped to have six “ecopassages” in place beneath the roadway by next spring. Instead, there will be eight, leaving the group four short of its intended target of 12. Three concrete passageways were scheduled to go under the 3.6-kilometre causeway this fall. Thanks to $120,000 in last-minute funding from the federal government’s National Conservation Plan, LPCIP and[…]

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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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