This afternoon, city council awarded an initial contract to start the process to get evidence-based – and to modern standards – data on the Salmon River floodplain.
Our floodplain is a complex system with the Shuswap Lake, the river, underground hydrology, underlying geomorphology and climate change all contributing to that complexity. We need to be able to make good decisions based on up-to-date data and modelling. This starts that process.
The province downloaded the responsibilities for this to local governments a number of years ago. The previous council started setting aside $20,ooo per year to save up for a full study to get a handle on this and our current council is continuing on with that savings plan. We have more saving to do!
We’re also about to spend some of that reserve. What today’s decision provides is the first step in our ability to have a shelf-ready proposal, based on evidence, to apply for funding streams and opportunities that may appear. It’s not the finished proposal at this stage but the underlying parameters (including cost estimates), terms and scope required to determine a ready-to-go proposal. That’s a big deal imo. We’re starting a Flood Hazard Risk Assessment process.
The overall goal is to get objective and current data that helps us make informed decisions as to how we can grow and plan for mitigation strategies that make sense. This is a great start.