Oak Bay Plans for Erosion





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Published on Nov 21, 2011

OAK BAY -- A roughly 200 metre stretch of coast along McNeill Bay is the focus of a new report. It says within the next 12 to 38 years the banks at McNeill Bay could be eroded to within one and half metres of the sidewalk on Beach Drive.

The district plans to monitor the rate of erosion while it decides on a more permanent plan. "Some of these erosions and failures can cost in the millions of dollars and for a small community that's a big hit so we need to start planning for it now," says Oak Bay Mayor-Elect, Nils Jensen.

While a strategy still needs to be decided, district staff expect the plan to cost roughly one million dollars. Jensen expects the funds to come from a tax levy: "If we're putting 20 or 30 or 40 thousand dollars aside, it's going to have a lot less of an impact then all of a sudden being faced with a million dollar bill".

Possible options for the district include a seawall, rip-rap, or an erosion protection spray.

Markers will be going up soon to monitor the ongoing erosion. Monitoring will continue for at least a decade.

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