Horsefly River Roundtable reviews new proposals

Six proposed projects for 2012 were identified by the Horsefly River Roundtable’s technical committee.

Six proposed projects for 2012 were identified by the technical committee during the Horsefly River Roundtable’s regular meeting Nov. 17 in Horsefly.

The committee will present summaries of the proposals for members to review and come to a consensus on which projects show the most promise for quick completion as well as a lasting legacy.

Once a decision is reached, an action plan will be formulated and funding applications submitted. In the case of one serious problem on the Woodjam Creek, with any luck at all, work would begin before spring floods commence.

Gerald Schute provided an update on the Provincial Emergency Communications systems in the Horsefly area for discussion.

Horsefly is in need of approximately $12,000 in upgrades to our system for better communications in emergency situations, such as a forest fire.

If there is a break in the phone line on the Horsefly Road for any reason, we are without any emergency service such as 911, so alternative sources must be figured out and established.

Schute will provide a report summary which we will go over at our next meeting.

The annual problem of flooding on the Beaver Valley Road may finally have a solution with new ownership.

There might be a program to work through the Cattlemen’s Association’s FRISP program.  If there is a role for the roundtable to play, we will help coordinate the effort.

Jacinda Mack has replaced Sally Sellers from the Xat’sull First Nation, and joined our meeting via telephone.

Apparently after we had the outhouse at the campground pumped and cleaned, and ready to store for the winter, hunters emptied their campers into it, so the outhouse moving committee still has some unfinished business to attend to.

There may be funding available through the CRD for the walkway to the river for people with disabilities.

We will attempt to have an updated report on the bass in the Beaver Lakes at our Dec. 15 meeting.

We will apply for funding for the annual salmon festival, but will not be supplying buses for out-of-town schools as in the past.

The annual Salmon Festival will be a family event as opposed to a school event, with schools encouraged to find their own funding for bussing.

The Horsefly Historical Society had their largest single day attendance figures during our Salmon Festival this year, and businesses flourished for the weekend.

The Fisheries Sensitive Designation management objectives and recommendations are almost complete and are expected to be presented to the regional management committee by Jan. 12, 2012.  Following this presentation the Roundtable may have it for our January meeting.

The roundtable is hoping to have some information regarding the fish count summary for McKinley Creek at our December meeting.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Horsefly Library.