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Concrete wall removal underway at old Field Sawmill site

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You may see some more activity at the old sawmill site on the river in coming weeks. 

Crews will be removing the 170metre-long concrete wall, buried just behind the steel-piling wall that separates the site from the Courtenay River.

The work has to be done at low tide. 

The steel-piling wall will remain in place throughout the work on site and its removal will be the very last step of the restoration work.

A Project Watershed news release says they are working closely with a marine engineer to ensure the steel-piling wall remains structurally sound throughout this process. 

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They will also continue environmental and archeological monitoring, and will be monitoring daily upstream, downstream, and at-site water quality in the Courtenay River.

 “To remove the concrete wall, we will have to excavate near the river,” states Jennifer Sutherst with Project Watershed. “Since the Courtenay River is a tidal river, the water and water table are much higher during high tides. This means we will have to time our work with the low tide windows.”

For the next few weeks, those tidal windows fall later in the evening and work will have to be timed accordingly. Due to this, work at Kus-kus-sum will start later in the morning (10 or 11am) and will continue later into the evening (7-8pm) over the next two weeks. Work will be kept within the City of Courtenay noise bylaws. 

More information: projectwatershed.ca 

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