The District purchased an 11 hectare parcel of Maber Flats in 2015 to improve drainage in the area, and has seen improvements since enabling better flows in Graham Creek, which runs beside the area.
This month, the District will start installing a culvert pipe in early September 2019. The first step will be to pump any standing water from the lower field on the District’s property into Graham Creek. It is necessary to lower the water level to install the culvert. A new drainage system with culverts and controls will enhance agricultural use in the area. The improvements will help to re-establish natural conditions and will attenuate flows into Graham Creek to enhance fisheries habitat. The proposed drainage system will also preserve the area as a winter waterfowl habitat. The plan also includes the possibility of re-establishing native plantings and traditional use along the north property line, and building a bird viewing platform with educational signage.
The District will continue monitor the flows in and out of Maber Flats and look for further improvements to ensure stormwater is effectively managed in this watershed.