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Grand River Conservation Authority Library

The Grand River Conservation Authority Library was donated in 2005, accompanying the archival records of the Authority and its predecessors.

The Library was maintained at the GRCA headquarters for reference and research use and consists of works by and about the GRCA, including both internal and external reports and studies, periodicals, and monographs.

Unpublished library items are described as part of the GRCA archives while published items are catalogued as print material and are listed in the library catalogue.

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Grand River Conservation Authority fonds.

Fonds consists of records relating to the administration and operation of the Grand River Conservation Authority and its predecessors, the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, from 1966 to 2006. Includes clippings, correspondence, minutes, visual and sound materials, reports and studies, maps, etc.

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Grand River Drainage Basin : blackline map.

Blackline map of the Grand River Drainage Basin prepared by the Hydraulic Department of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. The map has been marked in pencil crayon to show the outline of the Grand River and its tributaries.

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Resources : GRCA Library

Contents Works in the GRCA library deemed to be "unpublished". Topics include Watershed Studies (01), Channel Improvements (02), Dykes (03), Erosion Control (04, Stream Flow Data (05), Water Quality (06), Reservoirs (07), Conservation Areas (11), Master Plans and Studies (13), Recreation (16), Floodline Studies (21), Special Events (32), Nature Centres (33), Meetings (42), Water Resources Planning and Management (W01), Engineering Reports (W02), Environmental Studies (W04), Reference Books (W08), Land Resources Planning and Management (W09).

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Grand River parks and recreation sites : maps and photographs of present and proposed sites.

Maps and proof pages of photographs with captions, in an envelope from the Ontario Dept. of Planning and Development. Sites include: Whiteman Creek; topographic regions of the Grand River Valley; Elora Gorge Park; picnic site of the Grand River Valley; parks of the lower Grand River; Spottiswood Lake Park and Pinehurst Lake Park; Byng Island Park; Doon Park; Rockwood Park.

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Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Whiteman Creek Project : development project.

Photocopied report on the Whiteman Creek Development Project presented to the Agricultural Rehabilitation and Development Branch, Ontario Department of Agriculture, by the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, January, 1963. Also includes 2 blackline maps of the Whiteman Creek Watershed.

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Flood warning messages and operations, Spring 1979.

Consists of materials relating to flood warning preparedness planning and procedures, and advisories issued by the Grand River Conservation Authority during the spring, 1979. Includes ms.(original) river watch reports concerning ice and water flow conditions, by the GRCA; and ts.(photocopy) correspondence from the GRCA

Also contains ts. (photocopy) excerpt of General Manager's report to the Executive Committee, April 27, 1979, and three maps produced by Canada Department of Energy, Mines and Resources showing the Grand River and its tributaries in the environs of Galt, Brantford and Guelph, Ont., respectively. The maps have been annotated or otherwise marked to show areas of ice jams and other features associated with flooding.

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Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Speed River : flood protection : general contract for the construction of concrete culverts at Silver and Pond Creeks and sewer extensions at Bristol Street on the Speed River in the City of Guelph, Ont. : information to bidders, forms and specifications.

Consists of contract documents prepared by R.K. Kilborn, Consulting Engineers, Toronto, Ont. for the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, regarding the construction of concrete culverts for flood control on the Speed River at Silver and Pond Creeks, Guelph, Ont. and sewer extensions on Bristol Street, Guelph, Ont. Includes information to bidders, forms of tender and agreements, general conditions of contract and specifications.
Includes 3 blueline plans (maps) of culverts at Silver and Pond Creeks, prepared by R.K. Kilborn & Associates. Inserted is a completed tender form by A. Mior Construction, Guelph, Ont.

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Grand River Conservation Authority : Speed River project.

Report by unknown author concerning determination of boundaries for land acquisition in the Speed River watershed below the junction of the Eramosa and Speed Rivers from below Guelph, Ont. to Preston, Ont. Includes 6 numbered blueprint maps of the Speed River Watershed from Preston to Guelph, prepared in May, 1972 by Terry Davison and Bruce [Henry?]. Maps are numbered no. 1, nos.3-7; map no.2 is not present. The maps are referenced in the body of the report.

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Grand River conservation lands study : first draft.

Consists of a ts. (carbon copy) corrected draft report on the existing state and future development of conservation lands managed by the Grand Valley Conservation Authority / [by] C. Edward Spearin, August 21, 1964. Includes photographs and blueline maps of GVCA conservation lands in the Paris-Brantford, Kitchener and Galt-Preston areas.

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Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Speed River : contract documents for the construction of Edinburgh Road bridge on the Speed River in the City of Guelph, Ont. : information to bidders, forms and specifications.

Consists of ts. contract documents including information to bidders, forms of agreement, general conditions of the contract and specifications regarding the construction of the Edinburgh Road bridge on the Speed River, Guelph, Ont. prepared for the Grand Valley Conservation Authority by R.K. Kilborn Associates, Toronto, Ont.

Also present are the following inserts : 2 blueline maps of the Edinburgh bridge site and the Speed River Dam in Guelph, Ont., prepared by R.K. Kilborn & Associates; correspondence to contractors from the Grand Valley Conservation Authority and R.K.Kilborn & Associates; insurance bond for E. & E. Seegmiller Limited, Kitchener, Ont.; and completed form of tender by E. & E. Seegmiller, Limited.

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Plan for flood control and water conservation in the Grand River Watershed : submitted to the Government of Ontario represented by the Honourable J.R. Simonett, Minister, the Department of Energy and Resources Management, and the Government of Canada represented by the Honourable Arthur Laing, Minister of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources.

Consists of a ts.brief prepared by the Grand River Conservation Commission to demonstrate to federal and provincial authorities the need for proposed multi-purpose reservoirs and other control work the Grand River Watershed.

Includes four blackline maps of proposed reservoir catchment areas in Ayr and West Montrose, Ont. and flood stage maps of the cities of Brantford, Paris and Galt, Ont., prepared by J.M. Tomlinson & Associates Ltd, Consulting Engineers, January, 1964. Also present are photographs of floodwaters in the Grand River Watershed at Brantford, Galt and Paris, March 20-22,1948.

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Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Speed River : general contract for the construction of channel improvements on the Speed River in the City of Guelph, Ont. : Contract B : instructions to tenderers, forms and specifications.

Consists of revised contract documents prepared by R.K. Kilborn & Associates,Consulting Engineers, Toronto, Ont. for the Grand Valley Conservation Authority regarding the construction of channel improvements on the Speed River in Guelph, Ont. Includes instructions to tender, forms of tender and agreements and specifications. Includes 5 blueline maps of the Speed River channel in the city of Guelph, Ont. prepared by R.K.Kilborn & Associates Ltd., June 28, 1957.

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Fairchild Creek : Harrisburg Reservoir : brief.

Brief containing a description of the catchment area, rainfall and soils for the proposed Harrisburg Reservoir on Fairchild Creek, near Harrisburg, Ont, prepared by Philips & Roberts Ltd., Consulting Engineers, Burlington, Ont. Inserted : a blueline map of the City of Brantford : Land use study of city and surrounding area, which shows the site of the proposed reservoir.

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Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Speed River : general contract for the construction of channel improvements on the Speed River in the City of Guelph, Ont. : Contract A : instructions to tenderers, forms and specifications.

Instructions to tenderers, forms of agreement, general conditions and specifications relating to the construction of channel improvements on the Speed River, Guelph, Ont., prepared for the Grand Valley Conservation Authority by R.K. Kilborn & Associates, Ltd., Toronto, Ont. Includes 2 blueline maps for the Speed River channel, Guelph, Ont., prepared by R.K. Kilborn & Associates Ltd.

Also present are the following inserts : correspondence from the Grand Valley Conservation Authority and R.K. Kilborn & Associates Ltd, to Mann Construction, Guelph, Ont.; insurance bond for Mann Construction; and form of tender and contract completed by Mann Construction.

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Government of Ontario : recreation supply inventory.

Consists of a Government of Ontario computer print-out of a recreation supply inventory which displays the location of various recreational sites by municipality and/or county in southern Ontario. Also present is a blackline map titled, Grand River Basin : Water Management Study : Water Based Recreational Facilities.

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Wildflower slides : no. 2

Consists of slides of various wildflowers identified by species on an ms. list on the interior lid of the slide tray case. Also includes slides of insects and amphibians.
According to the original GRCA listing, the slides were taken by Bill Miller.

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Wildflower slides : no. 1.

Consists of slides of various wildflowers identified by species on an ms. list on the interior lid of the slide tray case. Includes large groupings of orchids and lilies.
According to the original GRCA listing, the slides were taken by Bill Miller.

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Luther Marsh slides : tray number 2.

Consists of slides of flora, fauna, farming and recreational activities at Luther Marsh and its surroundings, which were employed in a slide show. Identifications are provided on an ms. list on the interior lid of the slide tray; but many of those listed are not present. Includes slides of migratory birds, blue herons and their nesting grounds, various trees and plant life and crop harvesting.
According to the original GRCA listing, the slides were taken by Bill Miller.

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Luther Marsh slides : tray number 1.

Consists of slides of flora, fauna, farming and recreational activities at Luther Marsh and its surroundings, which were apparently employed in a slide show. Identifications are provided on an ms. list on the interior lid of the slide tray; but many of those listed are not present; those present are not in any order. Includes slides of the Shand Dam, bird banding, blue herons and their nesting grounds and crop harvesting.

According to the original GRCA listing, the slides were taken by Bill Miller.

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