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#1 obscurantist


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Posted 18 August 2007 - 11:35 PM

[url=http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/capital_van_isl/story.html?id=95afcc04-e735-4b7d-af9a-70bcf7bacaf0:83622]A study of Bowker Creek got a much-needed financial shot in the arm yesterday with $50,000 from the province that will allow it to move into its second phase.[/url:83622]

Kim Westad, Times-Colonist
August 18, 2007

"This is really significant," said Jody Watson, chairwoman of the CRD's Bowker Creek Initiative.

"We are extremely reliant on external funding and this is about 50 per cent of the funding we need." Bowker Creek starts at the University of Victoria, winds through Saanich, Oak Bay and Victoria, then runs almost parallel to Shelbourne Street until it reaches Royal Jubilee Hospital. There, it heads east past Oak Bay High School and empties into Oak Bay near Glenlyon Norfolk school. You can be forgiven for not knowing that, though, because only about 2.5 kilometres of the eight-kilometre creek is above ground now.

Fifty years ago, Bowker Creek was a popular fishing spot for locals, home to coho salmon and trout.

But as the region grew and more homes and roads and shopping malls were built, much of the once-vibrant creek was diverted into culverts buried under asphalt. The water became polluted, the once-abundant fish died and the portion of the creek left above ground began to flood every year, overburdened by the stormwater rushing into it. ...

The first part of the study has been done. It's a master drainage plan that looks at all the rainfall in the 1,028-hectare watershed, the pipes and infrastructure system in place for conveying that water.

The second phase will add the environmental, social and economic components to that study. It will look at things such as habitat and where it can be improved, water quality and what sort of amenities communities want, such as paths or greenways. ...

When complete, the studies will have a list of recommendations and guidelines that municipalities can use in planning.

For example, bylaws might require ground surfaces that soak up water or buildings that have storm water detention ponds. ...

In nature, only 15 per cent or less of rainfall goes into a creek via surface water, because the water is slowed by trees and vegetation. But in urban environments up to 80 per cent of rainfall gets to the creek in less than two hours. ...

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 04:48 PM

Bowker Boils




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#3 todd

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 03:42 PM

Work on the Bowker Creek walkway extension is underway.





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#4 Bingo

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 05:59 AM

Here is the plan



Upstream dike and temporary culvert.



Downstream dike and existing waterway.



Downstream dike prior to yesterdays downpour



...and after the downpour



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:09 AM

They need to hire some beavers to do the dam properly!

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:39 AM

Work party today 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the creek near the Cedar Hill Rec Centre 


Join the Greater Victoria Green Team, Pulling Together Volunteers and St. Michael's Summer campers for an invasive plant removal work party! We will be removing Himalayan Blackberry so please wear a long sleeved shirt and pants, and Sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots. Tools provided. 

Read more ; http://www.meetup.co...ents/223789568/


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:30 PM

Progress on the Bowker Creek Restoration Plan



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 01:30 PM




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#9 Bingo

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 01:09 PM

Death of the old school...a re-birth and a change of course for the creek.



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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:56 AM

Returning rains are testing the new creekbed






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#11 Mr Cook Street

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 10:18 AM

Really great to see the creek flowing.

#12 Bingo

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 10:44 AM

Really great to see the creek flowing.


The photos were taken earlier this morning but you can see in the images where the water was a few feet higher during the peak of the downpour during the night.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 06:18 PM

I noticed the other day that this lot is for sale on Shelbourne:




And not a professional sign at all.  Now, I thought that there was something wrong with that lot ie. Bowker Creek was buried under it, that's what the railing is form, when it was exposed before.  Anybody?



This map shows I'm close... I put in the red arrow to show the lot for sale.








See the street railing/barriers where it crossed open under McRae here:




It looks similar to that railing on Shelbourne.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:03 PM

Yes, The creek is under there alright, and it is strange that the fence is still there to keep people from falling in. Years ago Bowker Creek ran through the land that Hillside Mall sits on. That part of the creek has been diverted to run under Doncaster from North Dairy to Hillside. The creek also runs through a developed lot at the SE corner of Kings and Richmond. I wonder how many residents know they are that close to the creek/

#15 todd

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:50 PM

Looks like just a small drain line that eventually leads to Bowker Creek on Pearl St. now.



Edited by todd, 08 September 2015 - 07:53 PM.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 09:08 PM

This section of Bowker Creek  I'm told is well known by some as " the hall of wonders".
It also doubles as an underground art gallery: https://pdf.yt/d/PwCWnfZUurIYp4vY

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:04 AM

^ Wow thank you for that Todd. Very cool and I never knew.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 09:49 PM






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#19 todd

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 10:44 PM

^ Really coming along, hope that outdoor classroom is cougar proof

#20 gumgum

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 12:59 PM

I'm out of the loop here, but why are they restoring some of the creek when it ends up underground anyway? Is it just aesthetics?

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