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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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

 

 

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.

Recent pictures of Victoria Beaches wonderful beaches are beginning to tell a very stark tale as we are now heading into the second season of the revetment being on Arthur and the rocks and black plastic sandbags being on King Edward/Alexandria.

Patricia and Arthur are now covered in rocks and the anticipated scouring seems to have started. The beautiful strip of sand on Patricia has clearly changed in less than two years.

The huge change/evolution of the beach landscape on Patricia appears dramatically affected by the monstrous revetment on Arthur.  This being merely a “coincidence” is highly unlikely.

As well, there is no denying the amount of rocks and scouring happening in front of the black sandbags on the north side of the King Edward Beach. (where the massive revetment also now exists north of it).

 

The changes here too are hard to ignore.

So perhaps it is time to ask:

What is going on with the court case re the Arthur revetment?

Were the black sandbags not supposed to be a two year trial?  How do we feel about the results?  What are we going to do about it?

Time to get back to your councillors and let them know you haven’t forgotten.   That you don’t like what you are seeing on the beaches a mere two years out.

The results in less than two years is startling.

The longer we wait, the more we are going to lose.

Excellent article in todays free press on shorelines with a quote we all know to be true:

Other areas around the lake have employed shoreline-protection projects using tons of jagged boulders, steel plates or metal cages filled with rock.

But those techniques are not only costly, they change the nature of the shoreline forever, as well as its accessibility.”
To read the full article go to:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/natures-rebar-210681371.html

Here is the link to the RMVB post on the latest Shoreline Update from Baird:

http://rmofvictoriabeach.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/RMVB-BairdUpdate-2013-03-20-withFigures_opt.pdf

The Victoria Beach Cottage Owners Association (VBCOA) will be holding annual VBCOA elections for the positions of President, Vise President, Secretary, and Treasurer during their annual meeting, Sept 2nd, 2pm at the Seniors Scene on Ateah Road.

Interested parties can submit their names to RonPratt@mymts.net   All VB Cottage owners can submit.

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