Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

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Watch out for turtles

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project are reminding motorists to slow down and watch for turtles crossing the road in search of nesting sites. An unusually cool spring combined with high water levels has meant a slow start to the nesting season. Seen here is Causeway Improvement Project coordinator Rick Levick. (JACOB ROBINSON Simcoe Reformer)   LONG POINT – Our turtle friends haven’t disappeared, they’re just moving a little slower these days. Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) have long advertised the need for motorists to slow down and watch for turtles[…]

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LPCIP introduction and overview

View a PDF introducing the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. The slides in this file were originally presented to the Carolinian Canada Ecosystem Recovery Forum on October 29, 2014. They are a good overview of the goals and history of the project.

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Map of wildlife culverts

Click image to see full size map Constructed in 2012 — H1 large hydraulic, T2 open grate terrestrial, T1 concrete box terrestrial/hydraulic (HSP funded) Under Construction in 2014-15 (now) – T8,T7 and T5 open grate terrestrial (HSP funded);T6 and T4 concrete box terrestrial/hydraulic (NWCF funded) Proposed for 2015-16 – H2 large hydraulic (NWCF funding requested); T3 open grate terrestrial and exclusion fencing (HSP funded) Proposed for 2016-17 – H3 large hydraulic (NWCF funding requested); T9 open grate terrestrial and exclusion fencing (HSP to be requested) Potential sources of matching funding – US Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Ontario Species at Risk[…]

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Taking action to protect Long Point’s wildlife and wetlands

Here is what we have accomplished to date: Initiated, funded and commissioned comprehensive feasibility study on how to reduce wildlife road kill, restore historic aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Inner Bay, improve public safety and enhance the natural attractiveness of the Causeway Consulted widely with community and government agencies on project, including two complete Environmental Assessments Initiated, funded and carried out several measures to reduce wildlife road mortality including the installation of 4,500 metres of wildlife barrier fencing, artificial nesting mounds for turtles, seven terrestrial and two aquatic wildlife culverts and signage to alert drivers to watch[…]

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Supporters

The LPCIP would like to gratefully acknowledge the following organizations that have provided nearly $2.5 million in funding and about $500,000 in in-kind support to the project since it began in 2006. Environment Canada – Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Environment Canada – National Wetlands Conservation Fund Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources – Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes program Norfolk County Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Aylmer District Nature Conservancy of Canada Shell Canada — Fueling Change Environmental Fund TD Friends of[…]

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LPCIP status update

Five more culverts were installed under the Long Point Causeway this winter to provide safe passage for wildlife and potential aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay. Initial plans called for only three culverts to be installed but two extra were added to the construction contract thanks to $120,000 in funding from the new National Wetlands Conservation Fund launched by the federal government last year. Funding for the initial three culverts came from Environment’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and Ontario’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. To date, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve[…]

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Committee members

The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project began in October 2006 when representatives of several local community groups, non-government organizations and provincial and federal agencies volunteered to serve on a Steering Committee to guide the project. As well, several individual citizens agreed to serve. These people set terms of reference for the project, retained the Ecoplans consulting firm to undertake the improvement study and continue to oversee the on-going development of this ambitious long-term project. A Science subcommittee was also formed to advise the Steering Committee on scientific issues related to the project’s implementation. Many of the people serving on these[…]

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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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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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