Revised Dam Design Revealed at ORCA Open House

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ORCA and Hatch design engineers were on hand last week to connect back with the community about the changes to the Millbrook Dam rehabilitation project scheduled to start this fall.  The presentation revealed several improvements that were appreciated by residents who dropped in to see the new drawings. One of … Continue reading

ORCA Announces Remedial Work to Protect Millbrook Dam

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The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) will be undertaking remedial actions at the Millbrook Dam to ensure the structural integrity of the dam. The work will involve the construction of a cofferdam in the mill pond in front of the existing penstock pipe and the strengthening of the toe berm.  … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading

Progress on the Millbrook Dam Project

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At their meeting last week, ORCA’s Board of Directors approved a recommendation to award Hatch engineering firm a contract for the design and the procurement of construction services for the reconstruction of the Millbrook dam. Hatch has been involved with the project since last fall when the firm was retained … Continue reading

Progress on the Millbrook Dam Project

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At their meeting last week, ORCA’s Board of Directors approved a recommendation to award Hatch engineering firm a contract for the design and the procurement of construction services for the reconstruction of the Millbrook dam. Hatch has been involved with the project since last fall when the firm was retained … Continue reading

ORCA Hosts Local Tree Planting Project with Scouts

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By Karen Graham Under clear skies with rain in the forecast for the following day, the conditions were ideal on Saturday for the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authorities’ tree planting event. Approximately 300 members of local scout organizations filed in at twenty minute intervals to take their spots along pre-cut lines … Continue reading

ORCA Updates Environmental Study Report

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Karen Graham ORCA Chief Administrator Dan Marinigh presented an Addendum to the Environmental Study Report for the Millbrook Dam Project at the Council meeting on November 30th. In it is confirmation of the preference of Construction Option C, which meets the primary objective of satisfying the safety legislation and also … Continue reading

Save the Dam group Saves The Mill

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At their regular meeting on August 20,  the Board of Otonabee Conservation (ORCA) voted to accept the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society’s Offer to Purchase Needler’s Mill in Millbrook. Historical Society president Celia Hunter and Angie McLean from the Save the Dam Mill Pond Group presented the offer to the Board, with … Continue reading

Lively discussion leads to Somber Second Thoughts about Mill Purchase

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By Karen Graham A brief presentation by Alex Bushell from Save the Dam Millpond (SDMP) group about the viability of hydro power generation at the Dam location using micro-turbines was quickly overshadowed by discussions about the future of the Needler’s Dam buildings. After a pointed presentation from Save the Dam Millpond Committee … Continue reading

Dam Replacement Ensured by Three-Pronged Funding Announcement

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By: Karen Graham On July 3rd, government dignitaries united at the site of the Millbrook Dam to share a major funding announcement that ensures this historic site will retain its pivotal place in the landscape of downtown Millbrook.The funding is split 3 ways, with Federal government and the province each … Continue reading