Surverying the Damage to Pelee Island Shoreline

Last Friday (April 20), I was joined by officials from Pelee Island, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and Essex Regional Conservation Authority on a tour of the island shoreline, to view the damage from the recent storms. Pictures below are captioned with more information:

From Left to Right Dayne Malloch (Councilor, Pelee Island), Dave DeLellis (Deputy Mayor, Pelee Island), Dave Van Kesteren (MP, Chatham-Kent—Leamington) and Tim Byrne (Director, Watershed Management Services, ERCA) observe that the armour stone shoreline is completely destroyed, exposing the shoreline and island soil to more rapid erosion.

Left to Right: Dave DeLellis (Deputy Mayor, Pelee Island) is showing Dave Van Kesteren (MP Chatham-Kent—Leamington) and Tim Byrne (Director, Watershed Management Services, ERCA) the broken household water supply crock, and where the west shoreline is actively being destroyed.

From Left to Right: Dave DeLellis (Deputy Mayor, Pelee Island), Grant Crawford (former Deputy Mayor and Councilor, Pelee Island), Dayne Malloch (Councilor, Pelee Island), Dave Van Kesteren (MP Chatham-Kent—Leamington), and Tim Byrne (Director, Watershed Management Services, ERCA) examining the island shoreline armour stone protection, which has fallen away from the island, exposing the shoulder of the road.

Left to Right: Tim Byrne (Director, Watershed Management Services, ERCA), Dave DeLellis (Deputy Mayor, Pelee Island) and Dave Van Kesteren (MP Chatham-Kent—Leamington) inspect the failing road service which is exposed for even more rapid deterioration due to weather and traffic.

Tim Byrne (Director, Watershed Management Services, ERCA) showing the temporary repair of filter cloth and rip-rap stone to Dave DeLellis (Deputy Mayor, Pelee Island), Dave Van Kesteren (MP Chatham-Kent—Leamington), and Jill Crosthwaite (Nature Conservancy of Canada). This temporary repair could be lost in the next storm.