Erosion washing away Gibraltar Point – Metro US

Erosion washing away Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point, the southwestern tip of the Toronto Islands, is disappearing from the map.

Exposure to Lake Ontario’s pounding wave action is causing the sandy shoreline to wash away, and beachfront will continue to be lost if nothing is done, warns the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

“The islands are eroding,” said Coun. Adam Vaughan. “It’s something we have to come to terms with, and it will cost a lot of money.”

The vanishing shoreline “hasn’t had too much attention and is receding to the point where some of the infrastructure is starting to be threatened,” said Brian Denney, the conservation authority’s chief administrative officer.

Gibraltar Point erosion has been a concern for decades, said Coun. Pam McConnell.

project report

  • An environmental assessment is nearing completion and a report on the project — estimated to cost $14.2 million — will go before the city’s public works and infrastructure committee this spring.

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