The Town of Golden, as seen from above, has the Kicking Horse River flowing through it, which joins up with the Columbia River. Keri Sculland/Star Photo

The Town of Golden, as seen from above, has the Kicking Horse River flowing through it, which joins up with the Columbia River. Keri Sculland/Star Photo

Vegetation management to begin along Kicking Horse River Dike

The project will begin March 16 and will be completed on April 1

Tree removal will get underway starting on March 16 along the Kicking Horse River dike system, with Green Leaf Tree Services doing the work for the town.

Green Leaf will be responsible for dike pathway closures to accomodate its work schedule. The company will be placing barricades on either end of its work zones throughout the process.

The removal was recommended by the provincial inspector of dikes in order to maintain the integrity of the dike. Work will take place from the Golden Municipal Campground to the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers.

“Vegetation management is required in order to maintain the integrity of the dike structure particularly during high flow periods,” said Jon Wilsgard, the CAO for the Town of Golden.

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“Although we are required to remove some trees now, vegetation will be replaced with recommended plantings at designated dike improvement areas.”

The project will be completed in two steps, with tree removal being the first step to be completed by April 1 in order to avoid any conflict with bird nesting season. Stump removal will occur later under a separate contract.

The project is a part of the larger Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project that has been ongoing.

Other aspects of the project include vegetation management, burying aerial utilities and construction of a flood wall along the right bank between Highway 95 and the pedestrian bridge. The project also includes possibility raising the dike and improving armouring at several locations between the campground and the confluence.


Claire Palmer
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