The (TRCA) Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
is sending mixed messages to the public in support of their waterfront project.
Read the growing list of false and misleading statements!
WHAT WE ARE SAYING
There are many ways to improve aquatic habit without hardening the shoreline with rocks for the 'fish to swim around in'.
1. Hardening a natural shoreline with armour rock, revetments and concrete can do more damage than good.
2. Fish migrate in the water and like to swim along natural shorelines. A hardened shoreline of 1.85 km will disrupt the current and flow of waves which will negatively impact fish migration.
3. The main reason there are less fish along the shores of Grey Abbey and East Point is because the area is an 'open coast' which has colder water and more exposure to extensive wind and wave action. These conditions are better suited to cold water fish!
WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS SAY -
Hardened shorelines increase invasive species, impact water turbidity and prevent the production of nutrient exchange created through natural process of biomass decomposing along the shore.
GREAT LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND MAPPING PROJECT
"Open coast habitats associated with concave profiles (eg Scarborough Bluffs) and the shifting lakebeds associated with dynamic beaches are best suited to species which broadcast their eggs in water, such as lake herring, emerald shiner, alewife and smelt. These fish provide an important forage base for other species, including most sports fish. Many fish, for example the salmon species; also use open coast habitats as travel corridors during their seasonal movements".
Aquatic Habitat Toronto
WHAT WE ARE SAYING
It's unreasonable to even consider restoring a shoreline to it's original condition especially a natural shoreline as old this. This shoreline is over 12,000 years old! The TRCA has admitted many times over that shorelines change over time due to natural processes and through development and industrialization so why would we even consider this as a valid reason to destroy this beach? Let's suppose for a moment that we do consider returning the stones to the lake, then it's noteworthy to point out that the stones removed last century were not necessarily on the beach, but were in fact taken from the bottom on the lake!
HISTORIC PRACTICE OF STONEHOOKING -
The elements of stonehooking were relatively simple. A stonehooker would anchor as close to the shore as possible, usually in anywhere from six to twelve feet of water. A cargo would be gathered by sending out a small, flat scow or barge onto which loads of stone would be piled. Workers would then pry slabs of shale from the lake bottom using long rakes with prong-like forks bent at right angles to the handle. The stone, in turn would be loaded onto the barge.
The Stonehookers of Lake Ontario,