Project Watershed updates Courtenay council on Airpark Lagoon Breach Project

Request made for $25K in funding

  • Jan. 21, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Terry Farrell

Record staff

Monday’s Courtenay council meeting started with a flag presentation from the Courtenay 100 committee to city council.

• John Watson from Comox Valley Economic Development Society and Paris Gaudet from Innovation Island offered a sneak peak at Emerging Technologies Panel Discussion.

•  Jennifer Sutherst and Wayne White of Project Watershed presented an update on the  Airpark Lagoon Breach Project, along with a request for $25,800 in funding  to help with the $280,000 cost of the project. The city financial support would go towards equipment rental , riprap, crushed rock and repaving of the site at conclusion of the construction. Approximately $140K of funding for the project is already in place, through various federal and provincial channels, with an application for another $106K in funding through BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. The Airpark Lagoon Breach project is a fish habitat enhancement plan, involving the breaching of the upper area of the lagoon by way of installing a culvert. Feasibility, biological and hydrological studies have already been completed. The project is now at Phase 3, which is the construction stage. Once all funding is in place, construction can begin. The tentative date for construction is the summer of 2015.

• A delegation from the SPCA was scheduled but due to illness that presentation has been postponed.


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