Creek upgrades delayed

Efforts to clean up Coldstream Creek are on hold until next year. That is if the whole project doesn’t go down the drain completely.

Efforts to clean up Coldstream Creek are on hold until next year. That is if the whole project doesn’t go down the drain completely.

A wetland was set to be constructed this year in Creekside Park, but a lack of funds has forced it into next year.

The costs and project have raised some concerns among Coldstream’s politicians.

“I’m not actually completely convinced that the location is appropriate for a wetland,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

The project was initiated after the Ministry of Environment found fecal contaminants were running off into Coldstream Creek.

“It could be from septic fields and it could just be from dogs in the playing fields,” said Alanna Dean, director of engineering services. “There was a higher incidence of dog coliforms at this location.”

Therefore a constructed wetland was suggested to catch runoff and filter it before it goes back into the creek.

Meanwhile the project costs came in higher than expected, hence the delay.

The construction cost estimate received from Aplin and Martin Consultants is $108,374. The costs exceed Coldstream’s budget for the project, as only $50,000 had been aside.

“These have to be inflated numbers,” said Coun. Bill Firman of the projected project costs. “It just seems completely unrealistic. I don’t want to spend $100,000 on a wetland.”

Coun. Gyula Kiss offered a humourous suggestion: “I wonder if you could save some money by borrowing a beaver and letting him create a wetland.”