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Kelowna to spend $80,000 to find out why Knox Mountain is so wet

Employee Cody Turner drives a forklift in the yard of Knox Mountain Metals. The yard was partially closed because of the collapsing hillside seen in the background in Kelowna on May 25, 2018.
August 14, 2018 - 4:06 PM

KELOWNA - The city will spend $80,000 on a hydrogeological study to help get to the source of a long-standing puzzle; where the water comes from that makes part of the south slope of Knox Mountain unstable and prone to slides.

While they don’t happen often, a report to council shows there have been slide incidents along the slope for at least 60 years, long before the Royal View subdivision went in.

“The slope slides occur infrequently and ortho-photographs show these incidents taking place as far back as the 1950s,” utility planning manager Rod MacLean writes in the report.

While recent analysis suggests the events may coincide with elevated ground water, the city wants consultant Golder Associates to analyze years of piezometer and geotechnical data and come up with an analysis of the wider area, including Kathleen Lake.

MacLean asked council to amend the 2018 financial plan to include the $80,000 for the study but said capital requests for any suggested solution would not come before 2020.

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