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Explainer: Here’s what that red pole is doing along the Squamish River trail

Hint: it has to do with dike upgrades.

Have you noticed a red pole while walking the trails along the Squamish River in Brackendale? 

Staff at the District of Squamish say the pole is a test site that is part of the Eagle Viewing Area / Siyich’em Reserve Dike Master Plan

The District received a $280,000 grant under the National Disaster Mitigation Program for geotechnical investigative and seismic assessment work. It’s intended to inform the concept design for dike upgrades as part of the dike plan. Locals walking the area likely noted the drilling work in the area — or the associated signs — last year. 

Drilling was completed in the fall of 2021.

District staff notes an environmental management plan was in place for the drilling.

The plan was developed in 2019 and 2020 with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) for the Squamish River dike through the Siyích’em Reserve and Eagle Viewing Area, along Government Road.

The document includes a conceptual design for dike upgrades, a public amenity plan and an implementation plan. 

The upgrades are needed to help protect the community from future flooding. 

Find out more at the District’s website. 


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