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  • Boat Docks and Launches

    Came across this while looking at the other River Valley Alliance projects.

    http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...and-docks.aspx

    This initiative will build on the river as a natural connection between municipalities by increasing options for water access, allowing travel along the river and supporting the regional park concept.
    Seven docks and three boat launches are being considered in the following locations:
    • Whitemud Park (dock and hand launch)
    • Laurier/Buena Vista Park (dock)
    • William Hawrelak Park (dock)
    • Emily Murphy Park (dock and hand launch)
    • Rossdale (dock)
    • Dawson Park (dock)
    • Capilano Park/50th Street (dock and refurbishment of existing vehicle launch )
    There are links to designs for each of the docks.

    Project Timeline
    • Concept design— spring 2015
    • Preliminary design completion—summer 2015
    • Construction start— anticipated fall 2015
    • Construction completion— 2016
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

  • #2
    That
    Is
    Fantastic


    Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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    • #3
      Definitely noticing a lot more boats, jet skis, kayaks etc on the river so far this summer. It's good to see.

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      • #4
        Great idea. They don't have to win any design awards. Just simple, durable recreational docks and launches.

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        • #5
          While it is nice to see more river use, I am concerned about water contamination. These launches need to be staffed and monitored for proper boat etiquette. All it takes is one spill to cost us hundreds of thousands in water treatment.

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          • #6
            ^almost no launch or dock is monitored per se... common sense.


            Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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            • #7
              I was going to say, how is the river any different than hundreds of other lakes, rivers and bodies of water in Alberta? None of those are monitoring every boat launched.

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              • #8
                It isn't, and other bodies of water with heavily used launches have massive contamination problems.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jaerdo View Post
                  It isn't, and other bodies of water with heavily used launches have massive contamination problems.
                  So then why only worry about the North Saskatchewan? Or are you advocating a massive new monitoring regime for all of the province's bodies of water? I haven't heard of any "massive contamination problems" in Alberta's well used recreation lakes, other than the Wabamun derailment. Excepting algae blooms, of course, but that has little or nothing to do with personal water craft.

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                  • #10
                    ^^ The vehicle launch is at 50th street, below the water treatment intakes, and shallow water will still keep anything but jetboats from going up river past downtown.

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                    • #11
                      ^^ Yes, massive monitoring regime. Alberta is just in the process of getting one going, actually. It is called the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency, and it was created because we are getting into deep trouble with regard to the quality of our water supplies, air quality, and land contamination.

                      It always amazes me how few people realize the precarious state of water supplies here. The sad part is that Alberta is actually in a better situation than most, and our situation is STILL terrifying.

                      The really important thing about monitoring watersheds is protecting the health of our groundwater supplies. Currently, we get around 98% of our water from surface water supplies here. However, in the next 25 years that is going to change drastically due to changes in snowpack melt dates and precipitation.

                      Currently, we have crap all for effective monitoring, evaluation, and protection of groundwater supplies. We need to get our act together to prepare for the future.

                      ^ Watersheds don't magically become clean because stuff flows downstream.
                      Last edited by Jaerdo; 24-06-2015, 02:24 PM.

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                      • #12
                        ^ Not saying that pollution downstream isn't a problem, but if you really want to make a difference in the total amount of pollution coming from watercraft, you need to look at restricting the use of old 2-stroke outboards. 25% of the 50:1 gas-oil mix going into those things goes straight out the exhaust. Preventing the odd minor spill won't make much difference while these engines are still being used.

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                        • #13
                          Scary. Uses like that are what terrify me about opening up more source water environments to recreational use. Especially ones that are the core of a massive watershed. Non-point pollution is scary stuff because you can't easily track when or where it happened, or find those responsible.

                          Hence, back to the discussion at hand, I would really like to see some form of monitoring of these boat launches. Perhaps the city could get money kicked back from province if they inspect boats for aquatic invasive species at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone.

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                          • #14
                            ^we also then need to inspect dogs before they jump in the river as well. Also birds, they carry disease sometimes. We can line the river with clean water inspectors to make sure it is completely pure for additional pollution during its travel through Edmonton (screw the fact that a ton of farming run off has already moved into it long before it reached edmonton, various boats and similar outside our jurisdiction, not to mention all the industry downstream, but heck, can make it no dirtier for those few kms)... You can take it a step further and put the inspectors at Walmart to lecture people when they buy inflatble boats they intend to enter the river with...
                            Last edited by moahunter; 24-06-2015, 03:01 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Do dreissenid mussels grow on dogs? Don't think so. Don't think they leak heavy metals into our water supply either.

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