Friday, May 2, 2014
BC Gov't News
Money floods in
for freshet and water management
Released by BC Gov't Caucus
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
"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
"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
"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
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