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Winter Creeks

A couple of days ago we had a comment from a resident who was convinced that there would be no water flowing in the highest of our creek intakes, on Murphy Creek. So we went out to investigate the flows –  we took the opportunity to inspect a second intake at the same time and need to access this by Skidoo, a nice diversion from the piles of paperwork and grant writing I’ve been doing recently.

Here;’s a very short video of the water gushing out of the pipe from Murphy Creek into the area behind the intake on Hanna Creek.

I went back through my photos from this summer, and in the following gallery is a photo from the end of August 2008, at a time when the City’s reservoirs were overflowing. The other photos are from the trip today.

This just tells us that despite relatively cold temperatures in the alpine areas, the creeks are still flowing well. This isn’t the result of a pinappple express in the preceeding days, there’s snow on the trees up there.

The main information that I take away from this trip is that even with sofisticated gauging equipment, it is still a long slog out to these creeks in the winter time. Out best bet for understanding the likelyhood of summer water supplies comes from the way the spring freshet takes hold of the snowpack.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.