FLOODPLAIN Welland River

LATEST UPDATE: Jan. 25, 2016
from: Welland River Flood Plain Association

To all concerned residents:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is again beginning the process of updating and creating new floodplain mapping along the Welland River. If you are a property owner in the study area you should receive a mailed notice of NPCA Town Hall Meetings.
Even if you have not received notice,this will be an opportunity for property owners and interested residents to speak with the NPCA project team.
Below is the linked article in the Welland Tribune, it is also attached to this email.
NPCA floating new Welland River floodplain

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2016/01/24/npca-floating-new-welland-river-floodplain

Floodplain Mapping Open House

The schedule for the Open Houses are:

• Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Arena (meeting room) 9000 Sodom Rd,, Niagara Falls

• Tuesday, Feb. 16, Riverstone Event Centre 414 River Rd., Welland;

• Thursday, Feb. 25, Caistor Community Centre, 1683 Abingdon Rd., West Lincoln;

• Monday Feb. 29, Wellandport Community Centre, 5042 Canborough Road (Reg. Road 63), West Lincoln.

If you are concerned about the effect these new floodplain lines will have on your property or community, then it is important that you attend, as this appears to be one of the final opportunities to give your input!

Thanks

Joyce Sonneveld
Welland River Flood Plain Association
To contact the Welland River Floodplain committee, Talk to Us

[Older Info 2015]
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is proposing an increase in the floodplain area along the Welland River; this will affect hundreds of properties from Hamilton to Welland.

Welland River:
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Or, contact the MPP who will also be affected by Floodplain mapping.

EDIT the following Email or Letter to be sent to protest the proposed rise in the Floodplain levels which have been arrived at without public consultation or without alternatives to raising levels of the Welland River.

One true example:  A prominent Wellandport resident and business owner was advised his property would be considered 100% inside the Wainfleet floodplain along the River. His property is 25 ft ABOVE the river!  AND, his property fronts on a Regional Road!

He invited the head of NPCA and the Mayor to view his property.  The head of the NPCA could not understand how his property could be considered 100% floodplain!

OBVIOUSLY, the computer model used to generate the new levels is SERIOUSLY FLAWED!  Protest, write, get on the horn!  Your lot/land may in fact be WRONGLY targetted.

To:MAIL to (NPCA, Welland MPP, Welland MP, OPG, OPA, Ont. Cabinet ministers, Opposition leader – to reach the Premier, you have to post a letter because he ignores emails)

SHORT VERSION

To Whom it May Concern:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is proposing a huge expansion of the existing Flood Plain along the Welland River.  We oppose the new Flood Plain limits for the following reasons.

Our property in Wainfleet Township along the Welland River is currently designated ?% of our acreage inside that Plain. The new proposed Plain will take ?% more.

This increase is being made to accommodate an expected rise in the River level. The NPCA has conducted its study of the Flood Plain on existing outdated data and arrived at its conclusion for a new wider Plain by simply changing the Computer Model used to calculate the new limits. This is hardly a bona fide study but merely a tweaking of computer programming.

There has been no public notice the study was underway or notice that the Plain would be expanded.  This absence of public accountability is contrary to public policy and not right in any sense.

When you consider the new Niagara Tunnel coming on stream soon, referred to as the  Monster Tunnel, the NPCA’s proposal for new Flood limits seems to suggest the creation of a larger backwash reservoir for hydro generation.

The NPCA’s proposal does not offer repair or replacement of the Siphons that run under the Welland Canal, probably because of the large cost of doing so.  Instead, their cheaper, and less efficient and more destructive, solution is to expand the Flood Plain.  The result will be reduced usable acreage and loss of property values along the River.

The proposed new expanded Flood Plain is therefore not a conservation initiative: instead, it facilitates a specific human enterprise while destroying property values and ruining the natural environment.

We are asking for the following:
THAT the NPCA SHELVE its proposal for an expanded Flood Plain (the 100 year Flood Plan is a weak if not ridiculous excuse for it);
THAT a study of the costs of cleaning, repairing or replacing the Siphons be undertaken;
THAT the Province set aside monies for upgrading the Siphons;
THAT the NPCA be mandated to consult the Public on any of its Conservation initiatives.

Respectfully,

Name/Address

 

LONG VERSION

Dear Readers,
Forgive this lengthy email, but it contains information on an issue that will ADVERSELY affect many owners who have property along the Welland River and whose property values will be severely diminished by what is being proposed. Affected property owners having plans to upgrade or build on their properties are likely to be denied permission to do so.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is proposing a huge expansion of the existing Flood Plain. Therefore, we oppose the new Flood Plain limits for the following reasons.

[EDIT to fit: We have a property in Wainfleet Township along the Welland River inside that Plain currently to the extent of 9% of our acreage. The new proposed Plain will take 2% more. That may seem insignificant when you consider that many Wainfleet residents will go as high as 90 – 100% coverage of their property.]

[Edit: Two per cent, however,] is significant when you consider that that increase is being made to accommodate an expected rise in the River level. The NPCA has conducted its study of the Flood Plain on existing outdated data and arrived at its conclusion for a new wider Plain by simply changing the Computer Model used to calculate the new limits. This is hardly a bona fide study but merely a tweaking of computer programming.

What is more disturbing is the stealth method used by the NPCA for arriving at its new Flood Plain plan; that is, there has been no public notice the study was underway or notice that the Plain would be expanded. While the NPCA will say it is under no legal obligation to consult the public on conservation studies and proposals, it is truer to say this absence of public accountability is contrary to public policy and not right in any sense.

The matter only came to light when a local resident was denied a permit. Only then were the shocking details of what was happening and what was being proposed by the NPCA revealed. Added to the context of the proposal is the fact of the new Niagara Tunnel coming on stream soon, referred to as the Monster Tunnel at http://www.opg.com/power/hydro/new_projects/ntp/index.asp.

Currently, when the level of the Niagara River is lowered at night to divert flow to the hydro turbines, there can be a back flow onto the Welland River which sometimes raises the level of the river onto the Flood Plain. The NPCA’s proposal for new Flood Plain limits thus seems to suggest the creation of a larger Reservoir for hydro generation.

We feel that part of the Flood Plain problem appears to be the state of the existing Siphons under the Welland Canal (through which the Welland River flows), which Siphons are probably clogging up (once, the Welland River flowed clear but ever since the Flood Plain level was established after Hurricane Hazel, the river has silted up and now runs brown). The NPCA’s proposal does not appear to refer to repair or replacement of the Siphons, probably because of the large cost of repair or replacement. Instead, the cheaper, and less efficient and more destructive, solution is to expand the Flood Plain. As a result hundreds and hundreds of properties along the River (headwaters are in Hamilton) will be adversely affected causing reduced usable acreage and loss of property values.

Whilst section 3 of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act states that the purpose of the law is to protect the natural environment, the proposal for a new expanded Flood Plain for the Welland River does no such thing: it facilitates a specific human endeavour while destroying property values and ruining the natural environment.

We are asking for the following:
THAT the NPCA SHELVE its proposal for an expanded Flood Plain (the 100 year Flood Plan is a weak if not ridiculous excuse for it);
THAT a study of the costs of cleaning, repairing or replacing the Siphons be undertaken;
THAT the Province set aside monies for upgrading the Siphons;
THAT the NPCA be mandated to consult the Public on any of its Conservation initiatives.

Currently, the NPCA is not much loved or respected because of its wide unregulated powers and unaccountability.

Respectfully,

2 thoughts on “FLOODPLAIN Welland River

  1. I received a letter yesterday from the NPCA regarding the new Floodplain mapping initiative with four meetings scheduled for information/presentation, questions & answers.

    This is infuriating to me. How can the NPCA propose any regulations on properties along the river based on a “What if”. So as a homeowner, and as indicated my property may fall within this area (which is ridiculous), how is it fair that I can be told that I can’t build any structures or improve my property based on this ridiculous suggestion. I purchased the property because I love the area and love the scenery, I pay my taxes and do my due diligence. This is infuriating to me because how dare NPCA suggest implementing this change now when these residential properties have been there for so many years. This may affect all of our property values and will give insurance companies a ticket to raise our house insurance due to our properties being deemed “High Risk”.
    Let’s chat a little about “What if’s”. What if a tornado came through and blew down all of the residential homes in Niagara – it could happen right? Do all residents in Niagara get a letter telling them they can’t do anything with their properties because the potential is there? This is ridiculous. I will be present at the meeting and will be fully armed with information. Our properties, our rights, our choice.

  2. Have been a resident on the river for over 50 years. I am very interested in protecting my property from unnecessary high water lines. Also…have noticed several dead fish this year in the river…they SAY is a natural phenomenon. ..hmmm.. I don’ t buyany of it.

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