Beaver Boardwalk Project Maintenance Activities
This page offers residents an opportunity to view activities carried out in the Beaver Boardwalk area over recent memory. Please navigate the menus below to learn more.
The 2018 Parks Season saw municipal maintenance expenses of $35,947 invested into maintenance
In 2019, the Parks Season invested Municipal Maintenance Expenses of $13,868 into the Beaver Boardwalk. Maintenance was halted in March.
Beaver Boardwalk Committee (Bebo Committee)
- Council direction given to form Bebo Committee
- Bebo Committee established under Bylaw #1138 including Terms of Reference
- Vision and Mission Statement Approved
Alberta Environment and Parks
- Direction to apply for approval for all activities undertaken in wet land as per Water Act approval process (by Tricia Coates, Environmental Protection Officer)
- Info Session full Council with AEP representatives
- Application preparation by Associated Environmental (AE), part of Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.
- Wetland and Regulatory Training Workshop for Town Staff and Council by AE.
- ABWRET-A application submitted by AE
- Application under Water Act for Beaver Boardwalk Maintenance submitted by AE.
Until the announcement that low level (1) maintenance was permissible by AEP on September 11, 2020, Municipal Maintenance was on hold. Previous to this date, time had been invested into the project in the following areas:
Beaver Boardwalk Committee (BeBo Committee) Activities
- Terms of Reference amendment to reflect continued work of committee
- Public Engagement Survey and Input Sessions Held
- Stakeholder group engagement sessions occur/scheduled
Alberta Environment and Parks
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmation that proposal does not require an authorization under the Fisheries Act or the Species at Risk act.
- Publication of submitting Statement of Concern (SOC) as per direction of AEP
- Statement of Concern review and assessment
Low Level Maintenance Announcement September 11, 2020
On September 11, AEP confirmed to administration that low level maintenance tasks were permissible while the application was in place. These level one activities (that do not change any existing footprints beyond necessary maintenance) are excluded from requiring Water Act approval. Previous to an official exclusion notice received on Friday, the Town had been directed that these type of activities did require approval. The Town worked with AEP through supplemental information requests and site visits to ensure an understanding of the project and it’s interactions with relevant provincial policy, leading to this exclusion.
As of mid October 2020, Parks have begun or completed straightening of sections and replacing required boards or legs in section c, d, e, f, and l. These sections are selected for prioritization based as they require levelling (sideways alignment), a task which requires little material or disturbance to complete. The safety improvements can be addressed with minimal interruption to the wetland and minimal use of resources.
Section b is not likely to see work until 2022, or 2021 if needed. This is due to the need to use machinery to address this section, and machinery use is not yet approved by AEP, it is awaiting approval under the Water Act application. This would not be included in the low level maintenance deemed permissible.
Currently, work is not deemed needed in section g, i, m, and n. Those sections are in relative good shape, a judgement made in part as larger sections are on solid soil. Looking at the work season remaining, we are prioritizing using remaining time and resources to other areas as these are not in risk of failure at this moment.
Work in closed areas, such as a, j, k, and o are targeted to be part of rehabilitation in 2021 or beyond. Sections a, j, k and o are currently closed and need intensive work requiring machinery and rebuild, or other structural solutions. The AEP approval is needed to do this type of intermediate or major repair. In addition to AEP, we will need Council’s approval to work on, and open, closed sections. Administration would also need to secure the funding to undertake this work.
During the special meeting of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Council made motion:
"That Council approve the repair of Beaver Boardwalk section H, located East of Happy Creek, with the allocated 2020 operational maintenance budget, to re-open this area for public use. This motion carried. "
This section could be opened up with minor repair that can be re-prioritized without the risk of other sections becoming (newly) closed. Work is expected to begin in this area soon.
All other structures or work outstanding requires further funding. We are currently seeking Municipal Stimulus Program Allocations for these items.
For reference of above section names, please refer to the engagement map shared in early 2020: