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Pearson Ecological

Provided evidence for Yarrow Ecovillage in NEB hearings on Transmountain. One of the topics was the pipeline stream crossing of Stewart Creek at the Ecovillage. It had become exposed in the streambed and was reburied in summer 2018.

What incompetence!

They lined the entire stream bed with concrete blocks, then buried it in crushed gravel - like you would put on a driveway. The gravel was swept away in the first storm leaving a smooth bottom of exposed blocks - pretty much eliminating any habitat value.

This in the middle of a habitat restoration site on an organic farm.

It would have been easy (and inexpensive) to protect the pipe and enhance fish habitat using standard restoration methods (spawning riffle construction, boulder and log placements etc).

If this is the approach for a technically simple crossing of a small creek, in a readily accessible area, what can we expect from the hundreds of larger, more difficult, remote crossings along the route?
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Provided evidence for Yarrow Ecovillage in NEB hearings on Transmountain. One of the topics was the pipeline stream crossing of Stewart Creek at the Ecovillage. It had become exposed in the streambed and was reburied in summer 2018.  What incompetence!  They lined the entire stream bed with concrete blocks, then buried it in crushed gravel - like you would put on a driveway. The gravel was swept away in the first storm  leaving a smooth bottom of exposed blocks - pretty much eliminating any habitat value.  This in the middle of a habitat restoration site on an organic farm.  It would have been easy (and inexpensive) to protect the pipe and enhance fish habitat using standard restoration methods (spawning riffle construction, boulder and log placements etc).  If this is the approach for a technically simple crossing of a small creek, in a readily accessible area,  what can we expect from the hundreds of larger, more difficult, remote crossings along the route?Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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This is what happens when engineers get involved. Perhaps we can send them a copy of the Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Procedures.

This negligence is as bad as the QEP who installed "anti-spawning" matting last year at another Transmountain stream crossing.

They did the same at McCallum Brook and gravel swept away within a week. Cannot believe BC OGC would allow cement blocks Yarrow Ecovillage should get the BC OGC Water Sustainability Acr Src 11 application and permit.

This is pretty sloppy work on a property which has gone to great lengths to be environmentally sensitive.

We heard about this after the work occurred. Apparently took a long time and still didn't seem to take into account any previous enhancement efforts or fish habitat design elements on the creek Unfortunate and concerning.

There's nothing in the news about this. Seems a bit surprising.

I just caught this! Thank you for sharing! The worst of it is the the National Energy Board and the BC Oil and Gas Commission gave a permit for this! The BC Ministry of Environment is somewhat involved in those permits. My ongoing issues in Silver and Eagle Creeks have been a nightmare st the tank farm on Burnaby Mountain! Please let me know if I can help out.

Has DFO been notified? Such a sad state of affairs.

Yes I agree Appalling!

Here is more expert evidence re harm to endangered Chinook -SRKW prey from watercourse crossing construction and maintenance by Dr. Marvin Rosenau https://apps.neb-one.gc.ca/REGDOCS/File/Download/3719032

This is appalling

OMG!!!☹☹☹

Wow...

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