Letter: Langley floodplain needs more care

Dear Editor,

On my drive home Mother Nature once again impressed me with the capacity of the Nicomekl Floodplain to absorb the volume of water falling from the sky. Over the years that capacity has been challenged by human intrusions that included, on the City’s eastern edges golf course and residential infill and to the west, recent sewer, trail and highway construction. Historical documents confirm the City’s commitment to manage the floodplain dating back to 1984. In the early ’90s the City even agreed to a joint plan with Surrey and Ducks Unlimited to create ponds and encourage bird and wildlife conservation. More recently the City’s Capital Plan recognizes three pond studies and some piecemeal attempts to address issues surrounding invasive species. However, what is really required is a comprehensive floodplain conservation and management plan that attempts to enhance bird and wildlife habitat, protect these from human and dog intrusion, and takes a more active role in engaging other agencies in a proactive role in reintroducing fish to stream tributaries that have been devastated over the years. Certainly the City has identified the Timms Community Centre as an expensive capita construction cost (present estimate $14 million). But surely viewed alongside $200,000 signage, $50,000 lamp-pole painting, $50,000 dog park lot paving and $65,000 Fraser Highway pedestrian curb bulges Langley City council should be considering a $100,000 investment in preserving the City’s greatest natural asset.

City Councillor Dave Hall, Langley

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