McDougall Creek Drainage Improvements

Flood Mitigation

Thanks to Westside-Kelowna MLA and Premier Christy Clark, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management BC for contributing two-thirds of the project's funding.

About the Project

McDougall Creek Drainage works are being completed to improve the flow capacity of the stream and prevent a repeat of past flooding and near flooding events, which occurred as recently as 2012 and 2013 respectively. Primary construction occurred in the fall of 2013. Habitat restoration works, which required replanting of species native to the creek, occurred in spring 2014.
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Construction Location

Construction took place on the portion of McDougall Creek from Old Boucherie Road extending approximately 400 metres downstream. In this section of the creek, the channel was approximately 300 centimetres wide and 30 to 50 centimetres deep. To improve capacity, dense vegetation was removed and the channel was widened and increased to a depth of 100 to 120 centimetres.

Improvement Funding

On September 24, 2013, Council awarded Ansell Construction Ltd. a contract in the amount of $283,566 to complete the drainage improvement components in the fall of 2013. RSB Engineering conducted all necessary creek analysis, study and design. Read the September 24, 2013 Council Report.

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants was retained to initiate the environmental permitting process, carry out the necessary environmental assessments and complete all environmental monitoring requirements to ensure water quality preservation and fish and wildlife habitat restoration.

The full project cost was estimated at $544,000 and included the following:

  • Construction (drainage improvement works)
  • Contingencies
  • Engineering and design
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Habitat restoration
  • Site inspections and materials testing
  • Water sampling