Archive for July, 2013

Why are there so many rocks on the beaches this year?

There has been much discussion about why there are so many rocks on Arthur/Patricia this year.  As well as King Edward and Alexandra.

Where have they all come from everyone is wondering?

Well, after a discussion with Peter Zuzek with Baird we got an interesting answer.

The state of the beaches is likely  the result of both a low activity weather year as well as the revetment on Arthur and sandbags on King Edward and Alexandra.

It was offered that the rocks are actually not “coming” from anywhere but rather, they are being “revealed”.

They have always been there.

But now that the existing revetment and sandbags are there — and the sand replenishment has thus decreased — these rocks are slowly being revealed.

They used to be covered by sand.

The stones we are seeing are not typically moved by waves nor are they stray pieces from the revetment,

It is the scouring we are now seeing.

As Peter stated:  “While the events like the storm in 2010 are terrible for the land owners, they are events that are the sand makers,  They put the sand on the beach.”

He did point out there is a fair amount of vegetation now growing again, to help stabilize the banks and it shows there has not been any recent big event to draw sand from the bank to the shores again.  That is part of the reason there may be less sand as well.

“There is a “pulse” to the beaches…some years lots of sand, some not as much.  Dependant on the waves and weather activity.”

But he also pointed out one can’t deny that this is also likely the result of less sand being accessed and less material being accessed from the banks — because of the man made erosion efforts.

It gets clearer and clearer what we should not be doing at VB and that other means such as sand replenishment and groins should become the new focus.

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August 6th Deadline for Shoreline Comments!

While it is very frustrating that council has not posted the Baird report on their website as promised, the deadline for our comments from the meeting held on July 24th still stands at August 6th..

 

If you attended the July 24th Baird presentation be sure to download the form and get it back to council and Baird as soon as possible.

 

Here is the link for the form:  http://rmofvictoriabeach.ca/announcements/shoreline-management-plan-comment-sheet-2

 

If you were not there and have not fully understood its content please contact your council and let them know you want the deadline extended until the report is put online or paper accessible and people have the chance to study it.

 

Here are council emails to let them know you want this arbitrary deadline EXTENDED until the report is available for all:

 

rmvbtfarrell@gmail.com

rmvbkboyd@live.ca

kathyvb@mymts.net

vb.mcmorris@gmail.com

vbbrucem@hotmail.com

 

 

Latest Baird Report on Our Shorelines

While we still patiently await the latest Baird report to be formally released and posted by our council, a few strong conclusions were offered at the public presentation by Baird on July 24th.   Critical factual information helping you make a sound decision on the future direction of Victoria Beach.

Through the extensive scientific studies Baird has done over the last year they were able to conclude where the sand for our amazing beaches comes from.

It does not come from Elk Island or from a source further in the water via currents like many thought.

The truth is that the sand comes from the specific banks themselves.  The beaches are replenished by the banks  directly before them.

It is through the natural process of erosion that we have had these amazing beaches for centuries.

Therefore, as Peter Zuzek states in pretty black and white terms “if you are successful in stopping the sand erosion you cut off your sand supply.”

In other words, the beaches will be lost if the erosion is halted.

As well, it was stated time and time again at the meeting that revetments will remove the beaches over time.  We can already visually see the scouring effect of the Arthur revetment and the large sandbags on the beaches before them.

We now know where we stand.

If revetments are allowed in front of Clubhouse, Arthur, Patricia, Alexandra, King Edward or Connaught we are signing the death warrant for the beaches.

We need to look at other solutions — such as groins and sand replenishment — which were offered as viable possible solutions at the meeting.

So, in the interim,  we must let our council, the province and Baird know that under no circumstances what so ever , should public, provincial or federal land ever be used to assist in stopping erosion via means like revetments.   We cannot be willing participants in the loss of these incredible beaches for all of the generations to come.

Baird and the council have an online form for you to fill out with your thoughts and would like them returned by August 6th.

Here is the link:  http://rmofvictoriabeach.ca/announcements/shoreline-management-plan-comment-sheet-2

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD.

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