Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, dredging will occur over the course of a week to remove large volumes of sand from the Cook Road boat launch area. Work is expected to be completed on Sunday, Aug. 16.
Mobilization of equipment, environmental mitigation and site operations will require a complete boat launch closure to expedite the removal of sand.
“Removing this significant accumulation of sand from the area is complex and requires measures to protect the environment and surrounding infrastructure,” said parks and building project manager, Terry Barton. “The sand will be screened and relocated later in the fall to nourish the south shoreline of Rotary Beach, close to Manteo Resort.”
Boaters are asked to keep their distance from the dredging location at the Cook Road Boat Launch, respect the contractor working in the area and use the City’s alternative boat launches.
Large amounts of sand have been moving quickly from Mission Creek affecting the boat launch operations and for safety reasons, removal must be completed in a timely manner. Provincial approvals have been granted to begin dredging when it has the least impact to spawning habitat as outlined in the BC Water Act.
Alternative boat launches include:
· Water Street – 1354 Water Street
· Queensway – 238 Queensway
· Sutherland – 700 Ellis Street
· Cedar Creek Park – 5200 Lakeshore Road (non-motorized watercraft)
“We understand this is an inconvenience but appreciate the cooperation of residents, businesses and visitors while this time sensitive work is underway,” said Barton.
Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up to information and locations of boat launches in the area.