Phase 1 of the Rhodo Ravine Restoration Project is complete. We have a Concept Plan, bought and paid for, through the generosity of our 'Friends' members, a grant of $2,000 from the Real Estate Foundation of BC and a sizable contribution from the District of North Saanich along with our own monies earmarked for this essential project.
Phase 2 of the Rhodo Ravine Restoration Project was completed early in 2015. We have detailed design specifications and tender document preparation for the reconstruction of the ravine and updated cost estimates. A more detailed topographic survey to improve the base plan has been completed. We had a qualified biologist to complete screening level habitat assessment. A geotechnical engineer has completed an assessment to review stability of ravine slopes. This work has been supported by our 'Friends' contributions.
Phase 3 with detailed planning completed we have now begun the restoration of the lower reaches of the streambed in the ravine. In the fall of 2015 we completed a major goal of the restoration. Stream bed slopes were stabilized and over 1000 deer ferns were planted in special soil bags covering about two thirds of the ravine.
With the help of Kerr Wood Leidal and the District of North Saanich we have developed a cost effective approach for relining the brook and retaining the ravine banks.
Members of the Board of the Friends of Dominion Brook Park Society are excited and enthusiastic about the progress being made in the restoration and rehabilitation of the ravine, Jewel of Dominion Brook Park.
Friends of Dominion Brook Park
The Ravine in 2009
The Ravine in 2009
The Ravine in 2011
The Ravine Project is Born
The Friends of Dominion Brook Park's Bob Williamson describes the project.
Clearing undertaken to determine scope of project, late Summer 2015.
After years of planning and permits obtained, work begins in earnest.
North Saanich Parks redirects stream flow away from the ravine.
A culvert is required to be used under the trail crossing upstream.
1000 soil bags arrive, each weighing 80 lbs.
Unloading and making a space for temporary storage.
Placing culvert with sized gravel at future stream crossing.
Murray Benson on the mini-excavator.
One bucket at a time, while the weather holds off - temporarily.
Hog fuel protects park lawn surface.
Stacked and ready to go.
More gravel fill arrives.
Minimal footprint trail into ravine.
Kieran McDonagh, Corix Water Products demonstrates placing of soil bags.
"It's really very simple, honest!"
"And there you have it!"
Now to load the first pallet of soil bags for delivery into the ravine.
Easy does it!
Backing up is so hard to do.
One by one the bags are placed.
Final instructions to the crew.
The finished product - the crossing at least.
Downstream the work continues.
Those bags get pretty heavy, especially when wet!
The view downstream from the crossing.
The view upstream after a major rainfall.
Murray and the boys work rain or shine.
Remember - a thousand bags in total!
Curves and riffles complement the stream bed.
Bags ready to be planted by our volunteers as weather and time permits.
Murray and crew look over the finished product.
Next step is planting deer ferns in those bags.
Twelve volunteers from The Friends of The Park finish the job in two hours.
Over 1000 ferns were planted that day.
One by one, David Lye puts them in.
Teamwork gets the job done.
All the little ferns nestled in place, ready to grow!
After a few weeks of rainy weather, the stream begins to flow.
A beautiful sight to behold! By next spring the ferns will have covered the bags.
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