Tuesday, July 17, 2012

UPDATE: Recycling Is Coming and other News!

Recycling is coming!

This is a picture of the new recycling trailer that is coming to the Gold Bridge transfer station soon.

The trailer will be retrofitted in the next few weeks to accomodate various recyclables.

Details will come from the SLRD in late July or early August!

Yahoo, no more carting them out to other places!

Crane Creek Debris Flow Recovery Fund

As you know several of our neighbors on the Tyaughton Lake Rd. were effected seriously by a series of debris flow incidents on Crane Creek late last month.  $1,500 from Area A, SLRD Select Funds has been committed to the Crane Creek Debris Flow Recovery Fund.   Donations can be made by the public to:  Crane Creek Debris Flow Recovery Fund, c/o BRVEDs, General Delivery, Gold Bridge, BC.  Please read the report below to gain an understanding of the situation these residents find themselves in.   Please stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer as well.

Crane Creek Debris Flow Information
On 23 June 2012, a major debris flow impacted residents of the Crane Creek area on Tyaughton Lake Rd. in Electoral Area A of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. Approximately 20,000 mᵌ of material originating at 6500 ft. flowed out of Crane Creek drainage, across Tyaughton Lake Rd., and down through several properties into Tyaughton Lake. A second, smaller debris flow occurred in the same location 36 hours later, on 25 June 2012, depositing approximately 15,000 mᵌ of additional material. These events caused Crane Creek to leave its channel and flow overland to the lake, impacting residents between Tyaughton Lake Rd. and the shoreline. Following the second event, the area was surveyed by geotechnical and hydrological engineers from Golder & Assoc. (Kamloops), and a plan was drafted to rechannel the creek and repair the road, including a damaged culvert. These repairs are scheduled to be completed under EMBC Task #131304 – shared between MoTI and the SLRD – by 7 July 2012.
Unfortunately, because all the affected homes are recreational properties and not principle residences,  and because none of the homes suffered structural damage, they are not eligible for disaster financial assistance under provincial guidelines. None of the residents had landslide/debris flow insurance, and an investigation by the SLRD Emergency Program Manager indicates that landslide/debris flow policies are not available in the affected area.
Residents are now faced with the task of clearing tonnes of mud and rubble from their properties. The SLRD Emergency Program Manager contacted several charitable giving agencies in the province, but due to competing events in the Fraser Valley and Columbia-Shuswap regions, and because damage to the Tyaughton Lake properties was to land but not structures, those agencies contacted did not feel that their resources were best applied to the Crane Creek event. There have, however, been offers of assistance from the local community.
Debbie Demare, SLRD Electoral Area A Director, has visited the site several times, and has engaged the residents as they begin to recover.
Director Demare has suggested that a fund be established to assist the residents.  This fund would be administered by BRVEDS and the SLRD Emergency Program Manager could work with residents and volunteer local equipment operators to ensure that recovery work is coordinated on a cost-recovery basis for operators, designed to cover equipment operating costs but not creating profit. This method has precedence in the province, and was used extensively by the Fraser Valley Regional District and City of Chilliwack in 2009/10 to assist with recovery costs not eligible for provincial assistance.

Hurley River Road

As the Regional District Director, during the summer months I am a very regular traveller of the Hurley River Road.  The week of July 9, I travelled the road 5 times.  So lets just say I am intimately acquainted with every pothole, huge rock emerging from the road bed, all the nice sharp pieces of shale.  I am also incredibly fortunate to enjoy the absolutely magnificent wilderness scenery, the abundance of wildlife and the joys of early mornings on a road such as this.  It is a unique experience and one that I treasure and curse - often at the same time:-)

There is no question that this road is in the poorest condition in many years.  This appears to have been a result of the "giving back" of the middle section to Min. of Transportation.  To date this year, this middle section and the Pemberton end has not been graded.  I am told that $100,000 was spent clearing the snow from the road. 

I have been in consistent communications with Min. of Transportation, Min. of Forests (or whatever they are called now) Cascades and Squamish about the road.  The piece of the Hurley River Rd. from Bridge River Main down to the bridge will now be the responsibility of Interwest Logging and Sequoia Energy.

An additional problem has occured this year on the East Hurley, classified as an unmaintained public road, with avalanche debris and a washout making it very difficult to transit.  I am told Interior Roads does not feel that fixing this is part of their contract. 

I must say I have a growing admiration of Russ Oakley who spent 15 years advocating for the area's needs as it relates to the Hurley Road.  Thanks Russ!

Currently there is a meeting planned between myself and Ministry of Transportation officials to communicate and inform regarding the Hurley River Rd.    I am hoping that laying out the views of this area regarding this road will assist in putting together a realistic, financially feasible plan for this road.  I am also hoping that by presenting a more "whole" view of our area including assessment base, economic and tourism development activities and plans and the actual level of road trips on the Hurley we can get a solid plan in place.    Part of the challenge is that Road 40 also has some challenges, with erosion, that will take some financial investment to correct. 

I will report more after that meeting. In the meantime know....that I too....survive the Hurley!!  Visit the website isurvivedthehurley.com for regular updates.

Sumner Creek Lightning Strike Fire

A lightning strike hit the NW ridge above Gun Lake on Sunday, July 15 and it didn't flare up until the wind picked up on Monday, July 16 evening. Fast action by locals and MOF Fire Crews prevented this fire from spreading!  I encourage Gun Lake residents to join, donate and participate in the Gun Lake Fire Protection Society, whose volunteers and directors, were first on the scene at this fire.  A look at these photos, particuarly the proximity to Gun Lake residences is a very stark reminder of how important it is to be prepared for wildfire and the critical nature of preventing these fires from spreading. 

Crews are working today, Tuesday July 17 getting the fire mopped up and cold trails eliminated.
The fire was approximately 20' in diamater and could have easily spread if left undetected for any length of time.

The FIRST thing you need to do if you spot smoke is call:

Split Rock Nursery - Cayoosh Band - Lillooet BC

On June 11, as part of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition Board I had the opportunity to tour the Split Rock Nursery at Cayoosh Band in Lillooet.  This nursery is growing plants native to the area in order to reclaim an area that was destroyed.  However they are also doing a couple of other things that are really interesting.

In this photo, you will see the compost.  The nursery is attempting to use plants that have been removed from areas because they are invasive species in their compost.

They need to prove that the seeds of these invasive plants are well and truly dead, killed by the composting process.

 This photo shows a compost pile that has been created by chipping, very finely, dead pine beetle.  The lady has a thermomoter in this pile and it was hot!

The commercial potential of dead pine beetle, finely chipped and composted is interesting obviously because there is so much dead pine in BC.  SIBAC provided the funding for the special chipper they use.

In this photo you can see the tests they are doing using the pine beetle compost alone and with fertilizer along with control plantings using peat moss and peat moss with fertilizer.

This nursery was so interesting because it is growing plants I see every day in the Bridge River Valley. 

If you are interested in more information on the Southern Inteiror Beetle Action Coalition here is a link to their latest newsletter:

Health Link BC

I was recently reminded what a great service this is particularly for those in rural remote communities.

Just call 8-1-1:
This service provides 24 hour access to nursing services.  Also you can reach a pharmacist after 5 pm, 7 days a week.  A dietitian is available daily 8-8 except Friday , 5 pm.  You can also phone 811 to register for the Nicotine Replacement Therapy products free.

There is also a Health & Seniors Information Line at 1-800-465-4911 open 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday.

The website is also a huge resource - http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/