REPORTING · 27th June 2012
This morning, June 27, trucks will begin arriving with rocks in Dutch Valley, a small community just outside of the Terrace City limits on the Kalum River. With the declaration of a “State of Emergency” on Monday funds were released to take immediate action. After a review of the area by Provincial Emergency officials the decision was reached to begin an erosion protection barrier at the upstream bank and work with the river, rather than against it.
Equipment arrived yesterday to begin the construction of an access road along the high ground, the north side, of the flooded and eroding grazing land. This will reach the Kalum River at a point where an old rock and concrete barrier has been restraining the river at the corner for many years. The excavator and trucks will begin placing rock directly along the river bank and work downstream until they reach the adjoining property where rock placed during the past few years has successfully held back the force of the raging Kalum River.
Under the emergency orders the crews will have the authority to work directly along the river bank.
Local area residents should be aware the Kalum Lake Road (the Nisga’a highway) will be very busy with heavy truck traffic over the next week.
In answer Mr Peters/Sally
Comment by James Ippel on 29th June 2012
One thing you refuse to accept is that changes have taken place in the environment. Normal, common sense people accept this fact.
As for accepting "ANYTHING" that Fisheries put forward is like accepting that the Sun will rise in the "WEST" tomorrow.
I would like to express my opinion on the DFO. These are a group of people, who if were subjected to write and IQ test, would fail. Lets get back to common sense in making desisions instead of listening to all of these book learned idiots who don"t know if they are punched, bored, or eaten out by snakes?
Comment by Steve on 29th June 2012
People smarter than me tell that most of the concrete at the mill site is too small to be of any use-although Im not sure I beleive it.
Comment by Sally on 28th June 2012
I think people should speak to Fisheries before pushing dumping the concrete from the old mill site, because from what I understand the ingredients of concrete would hurt our fish if dumped into the river.
Comment by Mr. Peters on 28th June 2012
Now you are just comparing apples and oranges. In the Dutch Valley situation you have a group of people who lacked any foresight as to where they could or should build their homes. That hardly warrants comparison to my attempt to increase the pollinators in our environment.
Just for the record, my neighbor is allergic to bee stings and yet she is one of the people who petitioned the city to change the bylaws to allow beekeeping. As she put it, the need for more pollinators out ways her allergies.
I am not trying to alter my environment by trying to re-direct a river, which will only change its course again down the road, I am trying to re-establish the health of my environment. Without pollinators we would not enjoy the variety of food we currently do.
Hi Ed/and Mr Peters
Comment by James Ippel on 28th June 2012
I don't know where the rock is coming from this time, but in 2007 there was an immense amount of truck travel carrying rock coming from a rock quarry situated just west and north of the Kalum River Bridge west of Terrace. This was all going to reinforce the banks of the Skeena River along Queensway.
Is this where the rock is coming from this time, instead of using the concrete from the Mill Yard.
To Mr Peters-I remember you wanting something and continual whining finally got you the right to have Beehives in your yard. Maybe your neighbours should take up a petition and have you remove them because some might be alergic to a bee sting. This is a society of give and take. Learn to live with your friends and neighbours. Some are less fortunate than you are.
Comment by Mr. Peters on 27th June 2012
True common sense would say, "do not build in a river bed and then expect people to help you when the water comes up." It goes to show that if you whine long enough and loud enough sooner or later people just get tired of it a give in.
Ed Note: Almost the entire south side of the City of Terrace is built on a river bed, should we call those residents whiners too?
Comment by ed on 27th June 2012
James, I'm just guessing here but perhaps the answer could be found by asking, who owns the rock they are are buying?
Glad for the assistance.
Comment by James Ippel on 27th June 2012
Too bad that again an emergancy had to be declared before help can be given. It seems that the beauracrats can'nt see past the end of their collective noses and put safety measures in effect before an emergancy. In the long run this will prove far less expensive.
The City of Terrace has an over abundance of concrete on the old mill site on Keith Ave. (an eyesore) which could be used as Rip Rap in Dutch Valley. Removal to Dutch Valley will be beneficial as it will clean up the mill yard, and form the basis of a berm for a dyke. This to me seems like a common sense approach, and what is preventing this from happening.
Now all of sudden rock is being trucked in and I question at what cost when the concrete should be free.
Does anyone have the answer/answers?