Rob Isaac, the city’s director of wastewater and drainage, said the study will be completed by Northwest Hydraulics Consultants, a group that has done consulting for the Fraser Basin Council, a non-profit organization that aims to advance sustainability in the Fraser River basin. They will also work collaboratively with the provincial flood management group.
He states, “They are the technical experts that we want to be partners with to make sure that the results we get, they agree with and they vet along the way.”
The Abbotsford Council expressed optimism that the study would convince senior governments of the severity of the issue and the necessity of a long-term solution.
Coun. Henry Braun said he wasn’t thrilled to spend more money on the report, but he saw it as a good investment to leverage the provincial and federal governments. He understands that the city cannot afford to take on the whole project of fixing the river bank issues, but “left unattended, we could see catastrophe.”
Understanding the risk of flooding that can occur with having the mighty Fraser River in our backyard, and ensuring erosion control, is an important mitigating factor in preventative maintenance of flooding within the Fraser Valley.
Read more of the Erosion Control Article in the Abby News.
posted Jul 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM