REPORTING · 26th October 2010
There are concerns in the community that the Riverbank at Radley Park is still eroding. During the Council Status report on October 12th, Councillor Gerd Gottschling requested a report on the riverbank erosion, particularly due to the river which was high at the time.
“We were down the other day and watching it. The hope was that the flood would have straightened the river,” said Hall. “We had removed the upstream obstructions which have created that sandbar and diverted it.”
He explained the river continues to erode despite the straightening. The Council has had discussions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and with the Haisla and they are not letting them armour it. In addition, armouring the river could lead to the abandonment of their water intake site which is more important.
“Let’s hope nature takes it’s course, straightens out the river as it appears to be doing now and lets hope we don’t lose too much more park,” said Hall.
Gottschling verified there was no more money in the Radley Park fund; it had been used to feed the 2009 budget.
We verified with Martin Gould what is going on in the park. “We’ve had two campsites which we feel are not safe to use anymore. The riverbank has eroded back a little too far so we removed those shelters and we won’t be deploy them for the summer 2011 season,” said Gould.
They will review whether or not to re-establish these campsites in the spring.
Gould also explained how if the river was armoured to protect the shoreline, they would not know what the effects would be downstream or at the pump house which provides the communities drinking water.
“We could be causing bigger problems to the community,” said Gould.
Gould said it was unlikely they would lose more campsites over the winter. He estimated it would take another 1 to 2 years for the river to straighten out but was uncertain as “Mother Nature is beyond the districts control”.
This campsite was taken away. If you look carefully, you can see the cement block where the fireplace used to be teatering on the brink of the river
The park in July.