Executive Summary for The RMII/Crusher Consulting report, Nov. 21st 2017
The Quill Lakes Watershed Association #14 (QLWA) is committed to seeking a solution to the Quill Lakes Flood, that would be acceptable to the largest majority of stakeholders involved, as possible.
Engineering firms, consultants, local peoples affected, and those who may be affected have had input into the identification of the problem, and possible solutions. Every individual or group has not been consulted. Realistically this has not been possible.
Of those consulted, almost everyone concedes that something has to be done, to prevent or reduce further potential damages.
The Consultant/Engineering report provided clarifies the intent, and the opportunities to reduce harm with the Phase 1 portion of the Common Ground Proposal, and hopefully gaining some control in the process.
We believe that the information in this report helps bridge the missing portions of information people have been seeking, from our previous submissions.
With each step, more and more questions will arise, and with those questions, comes a greater urgency, to find those answers, in a timely manner.
We hope that a managed, controlled, and reversible Phase 1 project, will help provide a better basis for planning the next phases necessary in a total solution.
There are a few questions that have been raised by the research we have done so far. We have noticed that there are questionable TDS levels in the Kutawagan Creek Basin, the Peter Lake area, and Saline Creek, connecting the Quill Lakes Watershed to Last Mountain Lake.
- Has the TDS levels in the Kutawagan/Pel complex been artificially raised by man-made dams?
- Have the higher volumes of Evaporation, than what would have naturally occurred in this basin, created damages that need to be rectified?
- What water quality records have been documented since the projects were initiated?
- How can we resolve the artificially high TDS levels?
- What are the Best Management Practices, to resolve this?
- Are the Man-Made structures, in the Kutawagan/Pel area, through hydrology/seepage causing the Saline Creek TDS levels to be artificially high, and thus compounding the current problem?
- How much of a correction can we make in this area, using spring runoff, and extreme rain events… to protect and/or even improve water quality concerns of Last Mountain Lake, and everyone else affected, through managed mixing and dilution methods?
- Should we be evaluating every man-made holdback structure, through additional TDS monitoring.?
Kerry Holderness, Chair, Ian McNichol, Vice Chair, and Project Committee Chair
Quill Lakes Watershed Association #14
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