Friday, May 2, 2014

BC Gov't News

Getting Pumped

Money floods in for freshet and water management

Released by BC Gov't Caucus


esidents in Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Cultus Lake and Frosst Creek will be safer from flooding, thanks to over $5.3 million worth of projects to upgrade pumping stations, dikes and culverts in those communities, MP Mark Strahl and MLAs John Martin and Laurie Throness announced today.


The funding is a joint investment by the Harper Government, the Province of British Columbia, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, the Distract of Hope and the Fraser Valley Regional District with each covering one third of the funding.

"Our Government is proud to work with our provincial and municipal partners to ensure that communities are protected from flooding. With this investment, we are improving safety while creating jobs and securing economic prosperity," said Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl.

"Upgrading the Collinson station will provide local residents with a great deal of comfort knowing that our capacity to deal with storm water and potential flooding has increased significantly," said Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

"These projects are a priority to help keep people safe and help prevent property from damage," said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness.

Flood Mitigation Projects:

$2.5 million to upgrade the Collinson storm water pump station to increase capacity. The proposed upgrades will minimize impacts to the 2,500 residents of Greendale in Chilliwack.

$1,720,800 to replace the Miami River Dike Pump Station (MRDPS) in Harrison Hot Springs. The pump, motor and associated infrastructure will be upgraded to meet current environmental and design standards.

$461,160 to re-establish protection of the District of Hope's Wastewater Treatment Plant's existing 350 millimetre m steel outfall by armouring the outfall and expanding Silverhope Creek's east bank.

$307,058 to enhance Athey Road dike protection. This project will extend bank erosion protection for a 100 metre section of a Fraser River Channel to mitigate ongoing bank recession that is likely going to threaten the Nicomen Island Dike.

$374,900 for sediment basin upgrades at Cultus Lake's Frosst Creek. The project will construct a permanent 140 metres bypass culvert and dry channel, which will be capable of bypassing creek flows during the low fish window. The project will benefit an area of 0.67 square kilometres with approximately 420 homes, and a total value of assets of $165,368,456 (gross assessment) downstream of the Columbia Valley Highway Bridge.

"This is critical infrastructure for the safety of our community," said Village of Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Leo Facio. "While we benefit from living in a spectacular natural setting, there are always associated risks. This funding enables us to reduce this risk for our residents and visitors coming to Harrison Hot Springs. It is partnerships with the federal and provincial Governments that make these types of projects a reality for small communities."

"The District of Hope certainly appreciates the funding," said Hope Mayor Susan Johnston. "It will be used to repair the outfall as damaged by the 2012 flood and also improve its protection and hopefully avoid future damage due to flooding."

This project is part of $27 million that will support a total of 26 flood mitigation projects which will help communities address existing flood concerns, and take proactive steps toward preventing flooding emergencies. Flood protection projects were selected from local government or dike authority applications that offered cost-effective solutions for areas at risk.

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