Beaver Dams on Cattell Brook have been a problem for Dian Murrell for many years. This year with the help of volunteers from the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals she is trying out a humane way to discourage the pesky critters.
The concept of this type of fence is that the beaver does not know how to build on the long sides of the fence and will eventually give up and move on. If they do succeed in damming this fence, then a flow pipe will be inserted, which will allow the beaver to stay and the water to flow. So it will be interesting to see what happens. This is thought to be the first time that this has been tried in Maple Ridge and if successful it could be a template for other areas.
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- Dian’s photo journal of the beaver fence installation.
- Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals
- More about beavers
- Protect the fragile environment of the Alouette Valley.
A key component of this has been to fight for the North Alouette River which has come under a great deal of pressure from both development and irresponsible agricultural practices. AVA in conjunction with ARMS started the Save The Alouette website in response to the illegal pumping of water from the North Alouette River by the Golden Eagles Group.
- Recreational Roadway Proposal
The proposal is to designate certain roads as recreational multi-use facilities that not only service cars, but whose prime mission is the service of people. The proposal will result in safe recreational links between Maple Ridge Park, Horseman’s Park, the Equestrian Center, the dike system and the new 136th Street horse trail. We believe that this is a unique opportunity to enhance the lives of the people of Maple Ridge and it will attract a number of economic benefits to the area. The proposal supports and enhances the principles of the Silver Valley Area plan by increasing community inter-connectivity, and developing corridors for multi-use recreational activities.
- River Gauge Project
The Alouette Valley Association initiated a river gauge project in 2008. The purpose of the project being to monitor the flow of the North Alouette River and to provide an early warning for residents who may be in danger of flooding during high rainfall events. The District of Maple Ridge kindly contributed funding for a second gauge at 224 Ave.
Click here for more information and to view the gauges on line,
- River Inspection:If you notice a log jam or other obstruction on the river, you may go onto the District of Maple Ridge’s website and complete an Alouette River Inspection Request. You may fax (604-467-7360) or email (OperationsCentre@MapleRidge.ca) this request to the District, and you will be contacted by from the Operations Centre.For an emergency log jam, you would contact the District’s Operations Centre at 604-463-9581 (this is manned 24/7)
- District of Maple Ridge and ALC By-laws, Rules and regulations:
A goal of the AVA is to ensure that the District of Maple Ridge and the Agriculture Land Commission enforce bylaws and rules when it comes to activity in the floodplain that might negatively impact the residents. A hydrology study has been conducted by the District of Maple Ridge in conjunction with B.C. Hydro, and we are awaiting the results of that study and are attempting to get the District and the ALC to delay any permits for fill until that study has been delivered and impacts can be determined. Stay tuned.
- District of Maple Ridge – Alouette Rivers Management Task Force:
Information about the task force and copies of minutes, reports, and workshop presentations are available at http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/893/7509/alouette_taskforce.html
- Alouette Valley Forum
Visit the Alouette Valley Forum to discuss this proposal or to view an archive of information about the area.
Fattening up for the Winter
“Park” the Street
Our Summer “Park” the Street event was a great success and there were no major problems. We received a few tickets and had to move some of the equipment off the shoulder but otherwise plain sailing. Thanks to all the motorist, runners, walkers and cyclist who stopped to express their support. Seems like we are not alone in being fed up with out of control speeding motorists and many would love to see 132av as a recreational street and not a racetrack. Here are a bunch of pictures of the event.
Bears and Hummers
“A Year In The Life” – Photography Contest – Contest Over
We are excited to be partnering with Maple Ridge News and Wildplay Element Parks to hold a photography contest, ”A Year in the Life of Alouette Valley” .
The purpose of the contest is to highlight and promote the amazing variety of wildlife, habitat and recreational opportunities in our neighbourhood, and to promote sustainable businesses in the area. Full details can be seen here Look for some great prizes to be donated by local businesses and residents. Prize Winner Details
The Sign-Up the Street Project
AVA members have put up signs in front their homes to encourage people to slow down when driving in the neighborhood. The signs are hand painted by neighborhood kids and residents.
A big thanks to all the amateur artists who have helped with the project. The project has been very successful with many people reporting that traffic has slowed. Of course not everyone is slowing down but those that do respect our neighborhood are having an effect on those that don’t. We are now receiving request for signs from many parts of Ridge-Meadows as well as from outside of the Lower Mainland and even Washington State. Unfortunately we will have to confine our sign making activities to our own area but we would be happy to help other neighborhood groups make signs for their own streets
This project is a part of the Recreational Roadway Initiative which AVA and SVNA are proposing.
After the severe flooding and devastation to properties in the winter of 2006 and 2007, residents in the Alouette Floodplain grouped together in April 2007 to form the Alouette Valley Farm & Homeowners Association. The name of this group has since been changed to the Alouette Valley Association (AVA). The group originally made it an objective to specifically understand and focus on the problems and issues regarding flooding of the North Alouette River. Since then AVA has expanded its mandate and has become a force for positive change in the Alouette Valley.
AVA now has a number of objectives
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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