Wetlands project on Hillside Drive will expand stormwater basin and restore wetlands

Image Credit: Contributed/City of Kamloops

KAMLOOPS - In conjunction with grants from the National Wetlands Conservation Fund, the City of Kamloops has initiated work on a wetlands project on Hillside Drive, in the Dufferin basin stormwater detention area. The work began this week and will run until the end of February. The project will involve restoring wetlands in the area and expanding a stormwater basin.

Once restored, the wetlands will improve habitat for flora and fauna, including waterfowl, amphibians, raptors, pollinators, insects, birds, and animals. The wetlands will also help replenish groundwater, clean runoff from urban areas, and reduce flooding during large storm events.

The project will begin with removing man-made structures and excavating four basins. Site preparation will include grading, swales, and berms and the placement of snags and coarse woody debris. Later in the spring, crews will work to revegetate the area by planting native vegetation, trees, and shrubs and seeding disturbed areas. Once the project is complete, interpretive signage will be developed to increase understanding and appreciation of the wetlands.

If residents or visitors to the area have questions about the project, they can contact Kirsten Wourms, Crew Leader - Natural Resources, at kwourms@kamloops.ca.


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