Okanagan River Restoration Initiative Phase II

Okanagan River Restoration Initiative Phase II

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The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) Steering Committee announced that restoration work on ORRI Phase II will commence in early August.

This work will further enhance fish habitat in the Okanagan River system by reconnecting a historic side channel on the east side of the Okanagan River, upstream from Phase I.

When construction is completed:

– The riffle/spawning platform created in the river mainstream will provide desirable spawning habitat, especially for sockeye salmon.

– Water will flow from the new riffle/spawning platform into the side channel just downstream from where Park Rill enters the river and then return to the river 300 metres downstream.

– The naturally vegetated side channel will provide rearing habitat for fish with food, cover, and a place to rest, especially for young trout and steelhead.

– Two new small dike portions will maintain flood protection of the adjacent lands.

– The existing east side dike will remain a hiking trail with bridges crossing over the entrance and exit of the side channel, maintaining unimpeded public access.

Site preparation began this spring with the removal of vegetation before birds began nesting, followed by a restoration replanting south of the site. On-site disturbed soil will be replanted and natural re-vegetation is expected to grow rapidly, as it has in Phase I.

The work is scheduled for early August until the end of October. For safety reasons during construction, the east side dike will, at times, be closed to the public. When the work is complete, public access will return unimpeded. The west side dike will not be affected by this work and the public can continue to enjoy using the trail.

As construction vehicles cannot turn around on the east dike, construction access will be from Buchanan Drive and exit will be from the dike to McKinney Road. Use of the newly surfaced portion of the east side dike for exit purposes has been approved by the Town of Oliver.

When water levels in the Okanagan River allow, work to modify vertical drop structure 13 (VDS 13) will begin.

The ORRI team invites people to attend a public meeting on July 25 at 7 pm in the  Fireside Room at Park Drive Church. This is where residents will hear presentations on Phase II and VDS 13, followed by a question period.

For more information, contact public relations coordinator Lee McFadyen at 250- 499-5404.

The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) Steering Committee announced that restoration work on ORRI Phase II will commence in early August.

This work will further enhance fish habitat in the Okanagan River system by reconnecting a historic side channel on the east side of the Okanagan River, upstream from Phase I.

When construction is completed:

– The riffle/spawning platform created in the river mainstream will provide desirable spawning habitat, especially for sockeye salmon.

– Water will flow from the new riffle/spawning platform into the side channel just downstream from where Park Rill enters the river and then return to the river 300 metres downstream.

– The naturally vegetated side channel will provide rearing habitat for fish with food, cover, and a place to rest, especially for young trout and steelhead.

– Two new small dike portions will maintain flood protection of the adjacent lands.

– The existing east side dike will remain a hiking trail with bridges crossing over the entrance and exit of the side channel, maintaining unimpeded public access.

Site preparation began this spring with the removal of vegetation before birds began nesting, followed by a restoration replanting south of the site. On-site disturbed soil will be replanted and natural re-vegetation is expected to grow rapidly, as it has in Phase I.

The work is scheduled for early August until the end of October. For safety reasons during construction, the east side dike will, at times, be closed to the public. When the work is complete, public access will return unimpeded. The west side dike will not be affected by this work and the public can continue to enjoy using the trail.

As construction vehicles cannot turn around on the east dike, construction access will be from Buchanan Drive and exit will be from the dike to McKinney Road. Use of the newly surfaced portion of the east side dike for exit purposes has been approved by the Town of Oliver.

When water levels in the Okanagan River allow, work to modify vertical drop structure 13 (VDS 13) will begin.

The ORRI team invites people to attend a public meeting on July 25 at 7 pm in the  Fireside Room at Park Drive Church. This is where residents will hear presentations on Phase II and VDS 13, followed by a question period.

For more information, contact public relations coordinator Lee McFadyen at 250- 499-5404.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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