We recently completely another learning experience made necessary by the flood that hit Southern Alberta over two years ago.
We’ve got a channel that runs behind the clubhouse and at the far end is where our pumps are and of all the years that I’ve been here, there’s been great flow through there.
It was healthy, with lots of fish and a lot of vegetation, such a beautiful channel that comes from the Bow River, but after the flood, so much rock and silt was deposited at the top of the channel and created a different depth.
All of a sudden, we weren’t getting the normal flow from the Bow into the channel and, at times this summer, it was bone dry.
We would have to pump from the main channel across an island and into the side channel to get it to flow all the way down to the pumps as a water diversion.
With all the heat we’ve had this year, we’ve really struggled for water. There have been times when I was concerned that a few more days of heat would have forced me to not allow golf carts out there or to alter our operational times.
We were originally told that we couldtn’t do anything with it, but we got consultants in here who have been great to work with and they did a channel restoration.
They said they’d get the permit and what they did was take what was at the top of the channel and move it into different points along the channel to create fish habitat. They redid all the vegetation and put in willows and dogwoods and stabilized it.
There had been so much rock an silt and debris dropped in there during the flood. The before and after photos are amazing. You can see clearly how much that it has changed, but that holds true for the entire Bow River.
As I say, it was another learning experience and the permit took close to five months to get, but it’s beautiful now.
The final cost hasn’t come in, but when you figure the fuel, labour and other costs and how the little things can turn into big things, it was worth the investment.