District seeks public input on Brackendale eagle-viewing area plan | Squamish Chief

District seeks public input on Brackendale eagle-viewing area plan

The District of Squamish and Squamish Nation are developing a master plan for the Squamish River dike in the Siyích'em Reserve and eagle viewing area

If you live in the Brackendale area, this may be a plan you want to have input on.

The District of Squamish and Squamish Nation are developing a master plan for the Squamish River dike in the Siyích'em Reserve and eagle viewing area along Government Road in Brackendale.

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"This is an opportunity for the public to help shape an important asset within our community — one which provides critical flood protection to many residents and businesses, and also sees a significant volume of visitor traffic for eagle viewing among other things,” said Mayor Karen Elliott, in a news release. “Our collaboration with the Squamish Nation and our community are integral to the success of this design process and we want to hear about the values of the area that are important to you as we create this plan.”

To weigh-in, the public can complete a survey here

Due to the deficiencies in this section of the dike, which includes a history of seepage and piping issues, the master plan is a recommendation of the District’s Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan.

The master plan will consider possible dike alignments and other flood protection options, according to the release.

“The dike plays an instrumental role in ensuring the safety of Squamish Nation members and neighbouring residents. By collaborating with the District of Squamish on this dike master plan project, we are taking a government-to-government approach to public engagement that will ensure our community’s knowledge and perspectives are reflected in the final plan,” said Khelsilem, Squamish Nation councillor and spokesperson. “The restoration and protection of habitat around the dike will remain a top priority for the Nation throughout the planning process.”

The project is funded through a $270,000 National Disaster Mitigation Program grant awarded to the District of Squamish.

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