Letter: Nicomekl floodplain works just as intended

Dear Editor,

Councillor Dave Hall provides no evidence of alleged impending destruction of the Nicomekl floodplain in his quest to be “proactive” and do something “comprehensive” [Floodplain needs more care, Jan. 14 Letters, Langley Advance].

Our house backs onto the plain, and I don’t understand what Mr. Hall is worried about. Even with ongoing improvements to road and train networks, during the recent rains the floodplain performed exactly as it we created to do: keep the water in the plain, protecting houses and farms.

While we had “lake-front property” for a few days, we could see birds of all sorts, great blue herons, bald eagles, and a red-tailed hawk, as well as hundreds of ducks and geese.

Every day of the year that it’s not flooded, we see hundreds of people (and lots of dogs) enjoying the space because of the trails that the City maintains.

Yet we see all those birds, as well as deer and other creatures, making use of it.

It is not in danger of destruction by people, even if some let their dogs off their leash and don’t pick up after their pets.

I would appreciate it if councillors like Mr. Hall would stop trying to take more and more of our taxes for unnecessary or political ends, and focus on efficient use of our taxes for the programs already in place.

The floodplain ain’t broke – and we don’t want to be, either!

Bryan Grim, Langley City

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