The decommissioning of the Gorrie Dam has been completed. This work was undertaken by Master Utilities Division Inc. and was based on detailed decommissioning and site remediation plans developed by GSS Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Site remediation work will continue through the fall. Turf grass and wildflower meadows will be seeded in designated areas. A variety of trees and shrub species will also be planted to create tree cover and shade areas around the picnic shelter.
Work to repair the picnic shelter will get underway shortly and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
Due to safety concerns some areas of the Conservation Area will remain closed until the
remediation work has been completed.
Background information on the decommissioning is posted here: Gorrie Conservation Area
At the July 2021 Maitland Conservation Members’ meeting, the removal of the Gorrie Mill building by C & R Barn Removal and Salvage was approved. C & R Barn Removal and Salvage will dismantle the building in a way that the structure could be rebuilt and repaired. After it has been removed the building will be offered for sale for 90 days to County of Huron residents. After 90 days it will be offered for sale to any interested buyer. The structure is expected to be removed from the Conservation Area by the end of October 2021.
The Maitland Mills Association has already removed some equipment from the building for a future display. Signs recognizing the dam and the mill will be developed for the Conservation Area in 2022.