Bridge to Bridge, that’s a very small distance when you consider that the last flood starting from overflow was in the municipal campground area, back in the early 1970s.
Then approximately three years ago, an ice build up caused quite a scare, but no flood. That started up in the canyon, and if a local trucker had not phoned the town police, it may have been pretty bad. So, to build up the dykes, and making things look pretty for a short distance between the bridges, to me, doesn’t make any sense, when it could happen anywhere along the river, from the campground to the Columbia.
The area called Golden, was a natural flood area, before it was inhabited by people. Then, the people started dyking and moving the water channels, to suit themselves, so they wouldn’t be flooded. Then, the dyking started in earnest, right up to today. Fifty years from now, you will have to climb a set of stair up 10 to 20 feet, to get a look at the Kicking Horse River, because the gravel and the silt will not stop coming down the river. I think you have to lower the river every now and then, and the present dykes would handle the water. The environmentalists say no, but to me it makes sense.
You say beautify it too. Tourists and the travelling public driving across the main bridge can’t stop to view the river, or I hope they wouldn’t.
One way to beautify the approach into Golden, might be to beautify the bowl by the overpass for all to see, whether working or driving. And it may be a lot cheaper.
Just some thoughts and opinions,
Russell and Romana Elliott