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#921 JohnN

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 11:02 AM

CRD has RFP out for study of bathymetry of some small lakes in the Sooke Reservoir watershed - attached image of page 9/40 segment has what I think is their goal for the study: https://www.crd.bc.c...es-in-the-gvwsa

I guess with the prospect of continually changing climate, the previous normals are no longer and modelling that can account for every drop of water entering the reservoir could be much more important.

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#922 Mike K.

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Posted 11 November 2021 - 05:47 AM

I’m up-Island and authorities here say they’ve had the second wettest start to November on record, and need to start letting dams spill. Rivers fed by dams are dangerous now as levels could rapidly rise and fall without notice.

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#923 JohnN

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:02 AM

“It means the natural worst-case scenario drought, in our watersheds, is worse than what we thought,” she said. “Once you put climate change on top of that, as well as deforestation and increased population supply and demand, we’re set up for droughts to occur that are worse than any in the instrumental record.”

 

Future Greater Victoria droughts could be worse than any on record: watershed researcher https://www.vicnews....hed-researcher/


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#924 Nparker

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:30 AM

If we were really concerned about future droughts we would be capturing more of the precipitation we get this time of year.

Just more baseless fear-mongering.



#925 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:34 AM

Not so sure about the “deforestation” remark either.

#926 Mike K.

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 08:49 AM

What does “increased population supply and demand” have to do with drought?

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#927 JohnN

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 02:51 PM

Deforestation of Sooke Lake Reservoir hasn't been a problem - there seemed to be sustainable clearcutting going on for a long time, managed by the Greater Victoria Water District and then the CRD Water Dept. However, the commercial logging stopped when CRD got taken to court (or threatened, I forget which) and so the only logging left was to clear the reservoir rim when the dam was raised. I think there are still jobs for the CRD water foresters tending to the Leech Watershed lands. 

 

For the CRD, trying to get the dam raised 20 years ago was a huge effort given so many environmentalists were fighting it. I recall one  environmentalist theme was that having more water would just encourage more development.

 

If there is a push for more local farming, the water demand will probably be a lot more acute - maybe more than just having new suburbs. 

 

However, even in the late 1990s as the dam raising was going through the CRD Board decision-making grinder, the likelihood of climate change making for more droughts (and possibly more winter rain) was seen as quite likely and another argument to expand the reservoir. This seemed to continue with the discussion and decision to spend the $60 million on the Leech (plus land rehab costs and possibly $150 million for filtration). 

 

While CRD water is a public enterprise, interesting to see how much private sector water provision goes on in the CRD's hinterlands, with companies such as well drillers and the private water trucks expanding. 


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#928 Nparker

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 03:00 PM

...one environmentalist theme was that having more water would just encourage more development...

Growing more food just encourages more eating. People should starve to death for the greater good.



#929 Spy Black

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 10:29 AM

Not so sure about the “deforestation” remark either.

I think that's just a generic reference to an anti-logging agenda.

There is no active logging currently taking place in the Sooke or the Leech watersheds.

 

Kapoor has long maintained a logging operation immediately south of Sooke Lake (and just to the east of Leechtown), but that operation is on lands outside of the Sooke watershed.

Also, Kapoor have been carefully logging this privately owned forest land for many decades now, with zero effect on Sooke Lake.


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