The Pretty River Dyke
In the 1970s, the Pretty River Dyke was built to reduce the risk of flooding in the urban areas of Collingwood.
It is designed to contain the floodwaters from the Provincial Regulatory Storm Event — a storm so extreme that the likelihood of it happening is less than 1% chance in any given year. Although these events are rare, the risk to property damage and possible loss of life is high which is why the dyke must be maintained.
This 2 km flood control structure starts at the southwest intersection of Peel Street and Lynden Street, passing the old CN Rail bridge (now the Siding Trail), then Hume Street and the Pretty River Parkway before ending at Oliver Crescent near the shore of Nottawasaga Bay.
The Pretty River Dyke was designed to help keep the downtown areas of Collingwood safe from flooding.
In order to make sure it functions properly, some of the vegetation growing along the banks of the dyke must be removed from time to time.
Climate Change may increase the likelihood of more intense storms over time, putting pressure on the Pretty River Dyke infrastructure.
Click here for more information about the maintenance project
NVCA and the Town of Collingwood will be hosting two Q&As.
Q&A Session 1
The first Q&A was held an online Q&A session on Wednesday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to answer any questions or concerns residents have regarding the Pretty River Dyke or maintenance activities.
Did you miss the Q&A? Watch the recording here!
Q&A Session 2
Please join us at our online Q&A on Monday, October 25, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. NVCA and the Town of Collingwood will be available to answer any questions or concerns residents have regarding the Pretty River Dyke or maintenance activities.
The Q&A hosted through MS Teams. Residents interested in attending the Q&A, please join us through this link.
You can access the Q&A through the MS Teams app or on your browser.
Note that the Q&A Sesson will be recorded.
Media Release - Pretty River Dyke maintenance scheduled to start this Fall
Engage Collingwood - Pretty River Dyke Maintenance