Merritt Rivers Riparian Rehabilitation Committee providing laundry list of ideas to combat flooding in the City of Merritt.
During a Committee of the Whole meeting last night, an animated Nic Beers took Mayor and Council through the changes the society feels are necessary to lessen the threat of flooding within city limits.
He presented ideas for every area of the city, suggesting everything from diking, diverting, widening and even increasing the depth of the Nicola River.
"It's simple science. The channel has to accept and retain 65 cubic metres. It's very simple math. You can punch it into a computer and you can design every piece of the channel that way. It is the solution."
While the ideas, and willingness to work with the city are appreciated, Councillor Kurt Christopherson made sure the society understood it's not an overnight fix.
"We know there is a problem. they are man made for the most part. And, it will take all of us to work together to try and fix them."
The Merritt Rivers Riparian Rehabilitation Committee was formed following flooding back in May, with a goal of ensuring the City of Merritt take permanent action to combat flooding and repair the river system.
Friends of the Nicola Valley questioning why those profiting off biosolids will be attending a TNRD workshop to explore alternatives to land application.
The all-day workshop takes place Friday in Kamloops at the Hotel 540.
FONV spokesperson Georgia Clement was of the opinion it was a chance for directors to explore alternative disposal/storage methods for the region's biosolids, not hear more propaganda.
"There is no need for any more testing. The results have been available for years. We know its toxic, we know its dangerous, and we know the government is playing Russian Roulette with our health because this is the lowest cost option right now, but its getting old. We saw the tobacco industry in bed with the government for years before the true science could be ignored. We are seeing the same thing here, and we are tired of it.
A moratorium signed by the five Chiefs of the Nicola Valley in 2015 has prevented the importation and land application of biosolids to the Nicola Valley.
Clement says the goal remains to develop a regional solution, with gasification or pyrolysis the current options preferred.
Merritt Youth and Family Resource Society filing development variance for new home.
Executive director Lenora Fletcher confirms a development variance for the new building they are a planning at 1914 Quilchena Ave has been filed with the City of Merritt and will go for first reading at the July 24th regular meeting of Council.
The current design has seven parking spaces, instead of the 13 needed according to the city's bylaws.
"I'm of the belief it will pass. And, they are already beginning the process for setting up the setting up the modular. so, that way when the lot is ready, the modular will be brought in and set up in one day most likely."
The Merritt Youth and Family Resource Society has received over $500,000 in provincial grants to help construct their new home.
Delayed more than a year due to issues with the design, Fletcher is hopeful their it can be ready in September.