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Discharge Pumps

Photo was taken near the Bradford Pump House at the junction of the canal and the Holland River near Hwy. 11. The pumps were flown in from Western Canada by the Armed Forces, arranged by Mr. Stoddart. A tractor was used to run the pump. Water was pumped from the flooded land over the dyke and into the canal from where it flowed along the Holland River and into Cook's Bay.

Rob Watson


List of documents donated by Art Janse that relate to the Holland Marsh Scheme

Art Janse

Drainage Committee asks province for special funding for Holland Marsh

A proposed drainage scheme to relocate the drainage canals in the Holland Marsh will cost an estimated $8.7 million. This sum is too great for the Marsh farmers alone so they are attempting to extend the assessment area to 65,000 acres of upland property in Bradford West Gwillimbury, King Township, New Tecumseth, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, and Caledon but this idea has been met with legal challenges. Due to the legal fees surrounding this the Holland Marsh Drainage Committee has asked the province for $2 million in extraordinary funding for the scheme. After being completed in 1930 the 17.5 miles of canals that ring the Holland Marsh have been dredged several times, and after Hurricane Hazel were even widened and deepened. Although, recent studies show that the canal is almost filled in at certain points. Studies have also shown that due to south canal being filled in so much the north canal is handling four times the flow of the south canal. Relocation of the canal is the preferred solution to this problem.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

Drainage Scheme Accounts

Account statements and bills in relation to the Holland Marsh drainage scheme, c. 1926. Includes a receipt from Professor William H. Day for $3.00, made out to Jack Armstrong.

John Harrison

Drainage Scheme Balance

Costs for Bradford drainage scheme, dated 1928. Includes account statements and cheque information.

John Harrison

Drainage Scheme Motion

Motion made by Bradford Council to instruct George McCubbin to examine the Bradford drainage scheme and report on it, dated October 12, 1929.

John Harrison

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