Beach safety remains a top priority for the Municipality of Kincardine. Several new safety measures and communication enhancements were put into place for the 2021 beach season. For other beach safety resources visit the Beach and Water Safety page.

 

To further this work the Municipal Innovation Council (MIC) brought key stakeholders together including NPx, Bruce County, University of Windsor and Municipality of Kincardine staff to discuss ways to improve beach safety in Bruce County. Dr. Chris Houser from the University of Windsor is leading a Smart Beach project with an end goal of developing an integrated sensor network to provide real-time and locally calibrated risk and hazard warning system for beach users and local authorities that guides the behaviour of beach users through a dynamic warning system.

 

The scope of work would involve sensory deployment, wave and current modelling, beach user surveys, activity tracking and a beach assessment to see what additional beach safety measures could be put in place.

 

Municipality of Kincardine Council supported the Smart Beach Project which includes using Station Beach in Kincardine as a test beach location in 2022;  and further Council approved the in-kind support that was requested from the Municipality of Kincardine.

 

Bruce County was identified as the best fit as the host organization given the projects genesis, scope, and plans to scale out beyond the year one pilot in Kincardine. As part of this role, the County has also agreed to hold MIC funds for the duration of the project (into 2024) - recognizing the MIC pilot period is set to end in December 2022. 

 

To read the council report visit Smart Beach Project, Parks and Recreation-2021-16

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