Spall creek flooding area farms
The waters of Alderson Creek flowing through Spallumcheen are claiming some casualties.
One property owner has lost two calves to the creek. Another’s property’s bottom field resembles “a flooded lake.” Another claims to have lost five acres of farmland to flooding.
It’s enough for seven property owners along the 800-metre-long creek system to take action.
The group, calling itself the Alderson Creek Restoration Environmental Society, says they are being impacted negatively by Alderson Creek, which flows through the township into Fortune Creek.
“The creek has not been maintained, therefore it is spilling its banks and flooding our farm properties,” said Jamie Schrauwen, a spokesperson for the newly registered society, who stated her family has lost “about four acres.”
“There has been substantial crop loss as well as some animals.”
The society approached township council seeking written support as it moves forward with its plans to restore the creek by working with the department of fisheries, environmental farm plan and other agencies.
“We want to create a better working system by capturing the water off the land and back into the creek,” said Schrauwen. “We want to make improvements to the drainage system and the creek, including ditches, culverts and shade trees to create a creek system that works.”
The society is also proposing the creation of a fish habitat as part of its plans.
“We’re not asking for money, we’re looking for support,” said Schrauwen to council.
“We want to work with you to help streamline the red tape.”
Coun. Todd York called the society’s plan “a cool project.”
“Good for you for being proactive,” said York, who called for the township to write a letter of support to the various agencies working with the society.
The motion was unanimously supported.