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Wind projects bring drainage issues  

Credit:  By Rick Stow | Bayshore Broadcasting | September 23, 2013 | www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca ~~

While two wind projects for the Municipality of Bluewater remain in the application stage and a third is under appeal, one can sense the big blades are getting closer.

Chief Administrative Officer for Bluewater, Steve McAuley, says a number of land owners who have struck deals for turbines on their lands have come to Council to petition for Drainage Act changes to the municipal conduits on their properties.

McAuley says original concrete tiles that were laid for drainage purposes will not withstand the weight of vehicles coming to install the turbine units on private lands.

The CAO says this can be corrected by installing drainage pipe beneath the areas of heavy traffic.

Bluewater considered and approved four such applications under the Drainage Act at its September 16th Council meeting.

McAuley says all expenses relating to the upgrades will be paid for by the individual land owner requesting them.

He says there will be no expense to the Municipality or to landowners up or downstream from the property requesting the action.

Source:  By Rick Stow | Bayshore Broadcasting | September 23, 2013 | www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca

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