Greater than 4 ft of mud contaminated with dangerous heavy metals is being faraway from Kelset Creek in Sidney.
Transport Canada has categorized the creek and adjoining pond as a Class 1 contamination website and started the remediation work in late August..
The venture will take away sediments with elevated ranges of heavy metals, together with cadmium and zinc, from the 200-metre creek mattress close to Victoria Worldwide Airport.
“The metallic contamination origins had been sourced again over the many years to having arisen from actions on the airport lands, presumably way back to World Battle 2,” stated Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith. “The creek is among the vital watersheds on the peninsula.”
Transport Canada awarded a $1.1-million contract to QM Environmental for the cleanup.
QM Environmental diverted the creek across the Reay Creek pond space previous to starting the excavation work. The contaminated sediment from the creek is being transported by truck to a soil administration website on Canora Highway at Victoria Worldwide Airport.
“Finishing this section of the Kelset Creek remediation venture demonstrates our authorities’s dedication to remediating contaminated websites and defending the setting,” stated Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in an announcement. “Cleansing up the pond will scale back threats to the pond ecosystem and the meals internet, along with offering a more healthy house for cutthroat trout and coho salmon.”
For one Sidney resident who has lived beside the creek for 35 years, the restoration of the creek couldn’t have come quickly sufficient.
“It wanted to be finished now as a result of [the creek] was choked, there was no extra oxygen within the water,” stated Reg Kirkham. “The silting elevated the turbulence and introduced the sediments up and stuffed the pond with mud.”
Whereas the remediation work is underway, the City of Sidney has additionally contracted QM Environmental to switch the Reay Creek Dam. The city has budgeted just a little greater than $1 million for the dam work and to put in a fish ladder as an assist to spawning salmon and trout.
By enterprise each initiatives on the identical time, it’s hoped the potential environmental injury shall be minimized.
“Having the work start collectively causes a minimal of disruption to the residents but in addition it’s a minimal of disruption to the setting,” stated McNeil-Smith. “This work being finished will considerably enhance the fish habitat and the habitat of different wildlife.”
Kirkham stated the restoration of the creek will solely assist to enhance the well being of the ecosystem it helps.
“This can be a jewel of a possibility to keep up this habitat for the remainder of the creatures,” stated Kirkham.
The venture to remediate the estuary and pond is anticipated to be accomplished in late fall 2020.