It was interesting to see 8 kayaks and a canoe being launched just west of the Springbank Dam in London, Ontario. The dam is not for spring flood control but rather it is for keeping the summer water level in the urban river deep enough for canoeing and kayaking.
The dam, though, doesn't work. After an overhaul a few years ago it jammed and the question of who will shoulder the repair bill will be decided by the courts.
Yet, despite the failed dam, here were kayakers and canoeists about to paddle down the river from the dam to Delaware.
This raises an interesting question: Why is the dam necessary? Why is it so important to canoe within the city limits?
Clearly, canoeing the river just outside of the city is possible without a multi-million dollar dam.