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City Council Meetings Dec 10, 2018

City Council had a very long day Dec 10.

The Committee of the Whole started at  9AM and ended after 2PM. This in spite of one of the four delegations not appearing. Two of the delegations were organizations (Museum and Art Gallery) that receive funding from the city and give quarterly updates.

The gallery was full for most of the meeting.

The Regular meeting at 7PM took less time than the morning meeting.

Gallery 2 - Quarterly Report presentation Boundary Museum - Quarterly Report presentation Community Futures Boundary - Presentation regarding 2018 Events RDKB – Aquatic Center Requisition Increase Economic Recovery Initiative - CAO and Urban Systems Question about hangar space availbility at the airport 2019 Financial Plan Workshops DVP application re parking for a proposed supportive residential housing development at 7382 - 2nd St Verbal Update on Preparations for 2019 Freshet Season Recovery Housing Plan Update Monthly Highlight Reports MINUTES Selkirk College and The University of Victoria Outreach COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Policy 805 – exception for Technology Items Solar Now Project Budget Amendment Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Society Grand Forks Seniors Society Downtown Business Association Quarter 3 Financial Report Aquatic Center Requisition Increase FRESHET PREP FUND QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Where Water Matters

On Friday April 10 the Boundary Environmental Alliance had a public info session with Biologist Mike Pearson who specializes in Aquatic and Riparian habitats.

Earlier in the day he was toured through some of the sensitive riparian zones in our area. Places like Lost Lake and the Gilpin. A number of people tagged along, amongst them local media and politicians.

The Riparian area is the space of land adjacent to the water. Around Lost Lake it is supposed to be fenced off but when we were there the fence on one side was in the water, not some distance from it as it should be.

Proper fish habitat goes hand in hand with the riparian zone. Good riparian zone promotes good fish habitat and poor riparian zone does the opposite. One of the questions the organizers had for Dr. Pearson was could the Gilpin Creek be a fish habitat? Could it support Cut Throat Trout? Could they make up from the river and through the culverts?

Dr. Pearson wondered if there might not already be some there. He advised any effort to begin with a count to see. A stretch above the highway has been fenced off and there are saplings that have been planted. But he pointed to the relatively straight run and remarked that for small fish it provided no shade, no variation in flow, no pools or resting spots. He said this was typical of a a stream in an area where the trees have been gone for a while. One suggestion to help improve aquatic fish habitat was to drop some lumber into the stream as would naturally happen. This would force the water to run under, over and around and that would sculpt out a shady pool of quieter water which fish like. Slower water means the fish aren’t spending as much energy staying in one place or going upstream.

Listen to what he has to say on the subjects of Riparian areas and Aquatic fish habitat.