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Celebrating 150 "Acts of Kindness"

Celebrating Ontario 150 is a wonderful opportunity to promote kindness in our community. The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is encouraging children, adults, organizations, clubs and churches etc., to submit their “Acts of Kindness” to the Municipality so we can share how uplifting and rewarding it can be to complete a simple “Act of Kindness” for each other.

New LTVCA Twitter Account Dedicated to Flood Advisories

New LTVCA Twitter Account Dedicated to Flood Advisories  @LTVCA_Flood

Watershed Wide – The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority has created a dedicated Twitter account to which only flood advisories will be posted.  It is hoped that by using this dedicated account, flood advisories will not get lost in the flurry of other activities going on in our watershed posted to Twitter.  Being an account just dedicated to issuing flood advisories, the account will not be monitored on a continuous basis for feedback.   Check it out:  @LTVCA_Flood

Hope you and your organizations find this new tool useful.

“LTVCA acknowledges the financial support of our 10 watershed member municipalities, our many granting partners and dedicated volunteers.”

For Further Information Contact:  Jason Wintermute – Water Management Supervisor, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, 519-354-7310 Ext. 227 Jason.Wintermute@ltvca.ca   www.ltvca.ca

Request for Municipal Heritage Committee Members


Council of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is requesting letters of intention from interested residents of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich to be appointed to the newly created municipal heritage committee. The municipal heritage committee will advise Council on municipal heritage matters and assist Council in the delivery of its heritage conservation program.

If you wish to be considered as a member of the municipal heritage committee please submit your letter of intention stating the following: 1) your heritage education or training; 2) your heritage employment or volunteer experience; 3) your passion and interest in municipal heritage conservation; and, 4) your commitment to municipal initiatives. Members will be appointed to a maximum two year term. The committee will meet when required.

PLEASE SUBMIT your letter of intention, in writing to be appointed by Council to the municipal heritage committee by no later than Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at noon to the Municipal Administration Office, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON N0L 1J0 or by email to Heather Bouw, Deputy Clerk at hbouw@duttondunwich.on.ca. Council will consider and appoint the municipal heritage committee members at a Council meeting on June 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the municipal heritage committee is available, Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Administration Office, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON.

Dated at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, this 25th day of May 2017.

Public Meeting - Phragmites is a Big Problem!

Phragmites is a Big Problem!

In recent years Phragmites australis, a common reed, is becoming very prevalent along the roadsides, in wetlands and even on Lake Erie beaches.  It is a strong competitor for nutrients and can survive, and even thrive, in a wide variety of conditions.  In 2005 it was recognized as Canada’s worst invasive plant.  Phragmites colonizes new sites via seeds, rhizomes and stolon dispersal.  It is allelopathic, exuding chemicals from its roots that harm other plants.  There are no natural controls to keep Phragmites in check.  Its typical growth habit is to develop into dense, mono-culture cells.   Wildlife may use the edges of a Phragmites cell, but the interior sections are effectively dead zones.   A high number of native animals and plants are negatively impacted by Phragmites.   This plant can grow so tall and thick that cells become effective barriers along shorelines, impacting recreational access, aesthetic enjoyment and property values.   During the dormant period the standing dead biomass presents a significant fire hazard.  Agricultural drainage ditches and tiles become plugged creating flooded conditions and impacting crop yields. 

Municipal councils in Dutton Dunwich, West Elgin and Southwold have become involved with the Elgin Phragmites Working Group to fight against this invasive plant.  A public meeting will be held in the WEDS theatre above the municipal office in Dutton, 199 Currie Rd. on Monday June 5th, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m.  Present will be Dr. Janice Gilbert, a wetland ecologist, who is founder and co-chair of Ontario Phragmites Working Group.   Having worked to control Phragmites in various areas across the province, she will give an overview of the problem and be open for discussion, particularly regarding various control methods.  Nancy Vidler, Chair of the Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group, also will share how they got started, established partnerships, engaged the community, implemented a management plan and ended up working with their municipality/county.  The Elgin Phragmites Working Group hopes to adopt a similar strategy in Elgin County to control this invasive weed.

This meeting is open to landowners and all individuals interested in controlling Phragmites in southwestern Ontario.  There is no fee but a donation for snacks would be appreciated.  For more information contact 519 762 2049 or zerophrag@yahoo.com



LTVCA – Watershed Conditions – Safety Bulletin

Date: 3:45 P.M., Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Issued to: Municipal Flood Coordinators of Municipalities, Media
Issued by: Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

The Lower Thames watershed has received between 45 and 60 mm of rainfall over the last week. The Upper Thames watershed received slightly less. Weather forecasts are calling for a chance of rain every day from tomorrow through Sunday, but with only the potential for a few millimetres on any given day. Wind forecasts are not calling for strong winds before the weekend.

Water levels on the Thames River are falling fairly quickly from Delaware through Thamesville. The river is mostly back within its banks though Middlesex and Elgin Counties. The river in Thamesville peaked last evening and should be mostly back within its banks by tomorrow afternoon. Water levels in the City of Chatham peaked around midnight but are dropping more slowly. In Chatham, the downtown sidewalk along the river could be expected to remain underwater into late tomorrow.

Water levels on local watercourses are back down near to where they were before the rain event; other than in those areas receiving water backing up from the high Thames River. The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority is still operating the Indian-McGregor Creek Diversion Channel as water levels on the Thames are still too high in the area.

Water levels on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair are still high but the forecasted winds are not strong enough to suggest any flooding problems along the shorelines.

People should take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks and fast moving cold water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children, pets and livestock should be kept away from the water.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation and update this advisory if necessary.

This message will be in effect until May 12th, 2017.

Contact: Jason Wintermute (519-354-7310 x227, jason.wintermute@ltvca.ca) regarding this message.


Marriage Licenses

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich does not process marriage license applications.  Please be advised that West Elgin does provide this service however please note this is by appointment only.


Please contact Spencer Pray - Deputy Clerk at West Elgin at 519-785-0560 xtn 222 or email at spray@westelgin.net to set up an appointment.  The cost currently is $100.00 which can be paid with either cash or debit.


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