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Phase II Program to be completed in 2017

The majority of the Phase II Program has been completed. Abbott Dr from Flamingo St to Dawson St will be completed in Spring 2017.

 

NEWS RELEASES

Expansion of West Quesnel Land Stability Project - June 24, 2016

Quesnel Gets Funding for Phase 2 of the West Quesnel Land Stability Project - July 31, 2015

City of Quesnel hosts an Open House on the West Quesnel Land Stability program - September 25, 2014

West Quesnel Land Stability Program plans progress - May 27, 2013

West Quesnel Land Stability Open House planned - May 14, 2013

Drilling in West Quesnel Land Stability area underway - April 30, 2012

Another West Quesnel Land Stability project to launch - May 4, 2012

More West Quesnel Land Stability dewatering projects underway - July 18, 2012

Open House scheduled - February 27, 2012

Special edition Q-City News in the mail - January 11, 2012

Full-scale dewatering work to begin in Spring 2012 - December 19, 2011

West Quesnel Land Stability Program receives funding - September 25, 2009

West Quesnel trial dewatering program providing valuable data - December 3, 2007

West Quesnel Land Stability Program to initiate trial dewatering program - May 29, 2007

West Quesnel Land Stability Program gets boost - March 23, 2006

Council, MLA meet with Premier about land slippage - September 28, 2005

Campaign launched to raise land slippage awareness - September 23, 2005

2016 Phase II Program

May 2016 - The WQLS Phase II project is now underway. The Phase II project consitis of:

  • Additional Subsurface Dewatering System
    • 4 pumping wells;
    • 4 horizontal drains;
    • 3 monitoring wells;
    • An in-place slope inclinometer;
    • Associated data and electrical lines.
  • Construction of Surface Drainage System
    • Major upgrade to storm drainage system in the West Quesnel Land Stability area;
    • Storm water treatment;
    • Connections to all new pumping wells and horizontal drains to convey flows off site.

View the information slides regarding the Phase II Program here.

Expansion of the WQLS Phase II project

The City is estimating a budget surplus for the Phase II project of $1.6 million. Council decided to use the dollar savings discussed above to make even more drainage and road improvements in the West Quesnel Land Stability area. Project improvements include:

  1. Extending the storm water upgrade on Abbott Drive from Flamingo Avenue to Dawson Avenue. This includes complete rebuilding of the road, curb and gutters on both sides of the road and a sidewalk on the North side only.
  2. Extending the storm water upgrade on Anderson Drive from Abbott Drive to Avison Avenue. This will involve replacing a 5 meter wide strip of asphalt, installation of the drainage system, new curb and gutters and rebuilding the sidewalk.

Read the full news release here.

Open House hosted by City

November 19, 2015 - Mayor, Staff and Consultants presented to residents at Voyageur School. Topics included: Update on monitoring results, Phase II Project details, resolutions from Council and the future of the WQLS Advisory Committee. View the presentation slides here and the information panels here.

Quesnel Gets Funding for Phase 2 of the WQLS Project

July 31, 2015 - Residents of Quesnel will benefit from Phase 2 of West Quesnel Land Stability project thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund. Quesnel will use the funding to stabilize about 240 hectares of the uplands area in West Quesnel through the installation of subsurface dewatering and drainage infrastructure. Ground movements are causing physical damage to homes, buildings, and buried infrastructure, resulting in expensive repairs and safety concerns. When completed, the community and local property owners will be less vulnerable to the risks and impacts of the unstable land in the area.

Read the news release here.

Drainage and Groundwater Monitoring System

February 4, 2015 - The drainage and groundwater monitoring system now consists of 17 pumping wells monitored for flow and water level, 7 horizontal drain sites monitored for flow, and 76 vibrating wire piezometers measuring groundwater pressures, all automatically recorded. The wells were fully activated in April 2013. The wells range from 69 to 73 metres deep. Over 10,000 metres of drilled horizontal drains, comprised of 64 individual drains ranging from 18 to 400 metres long were installed in 2012. Some of these drains are more productive than others as well and the average daily production of each drain site (which can include up to 11 horizontal drains, called clusters or fans) is between 1,500 and 359,000 litres. The total amount of water removed by the horizontal drains is approximately 157 million litres annually or 431,000 litres per day (for all of the sites).

Ongoing monitoring of the following has occurred and continues to occur: flow rates from dewatering infrastructure; wetland water levels; impacts to wetland habitat and species; and water quality sampling. Construction of a new wetland below Healey St. is proceeding as part of compensation for loss of wetlands (near Lewis Dr. and east of Blair St.).

More West Quesnel Land Stability dewatering projects underway

July 18, 2012 - Another component of Phase 1 of the West Quesnel Land Stability dewatering program will get underway this week. Nine horizontal drain sites that will consist of about 70 horizontal drains will be installed across the bottom of the West Quesnel Land Stability study area (along Lewis Drive and near Avery Street). The work is scheduled to take about 14 weeks to complete.

For more information, click here.

Another West Quesnel Land Stability project to launch

May 4, 2012 – Another significant portion of the West Quesnel Land Stability dewatering program will start up on Monday May 7. Quesnel's Mass Construction will install a new storm water drainage system on Stork Avenue and Hawk Street. Currently, the upper Abbott storm water system drains into a low-lying treed area west of Crane Avenue. This project will link that storm drain system to the lower Abbott system. This will remove storm water from the West Quesnel Land Stability study area.

For more information, click here.

Vertical well drilling underway

April 30, 2012 - Vertical well drilling, an integral component of the West Quesnel Land Stability dewatering program, is underway. JR Drilling Central Ltd began work this morning in the Paley Place area of Uplands. The drilling crews are expecting to spend from two to three days at each of the 14 drill sites. The entire process is expected to take from four to six weeks to complete, depending on the drilling conditions encountered.

Drilling will take place at a number of different sites, including along Dixon Street, near Stork and Crane Avenues, and in a wooded area to the west of Abbott Drive near Dawson Street. For a detailed look at the drilling plan, visit www.quesnel.ca/WQLS.html and click on the link called "2012 Work Plan Map."

For more, click here.

Open House scheduled

February 27, 2012 - An Open House dealing with the West Quesnel Land Stability 2012 Work Plan has been scheduled for Thursday March 8 in the gymnasium at Voyageur Elementary School. The session will begin at 6 p.m., with City staff and engineering contractors on hand to speak with residents in a one-on-one setting. This will be followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m., which will outline the work that is scheduled to take place this year.

For more, click here.

Special edition Q-City News on the way

January 10, 2012 - A special edition of the Q-City News outlining the next steps for the project has been sent to every property within City boundaries. To read it online, click here.

2012 Work Plan scheduled

December 19, 2011 - A large-scale initiative to develop and implement measures to reduce land movement in Quesnel is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012. The West Quesnel Land Stability full-scale dewatering program, a $4.7 million project, will: install 14 pumping wells; build nine horizontal drain sites consisting of more than 70 drains; and provide significant storm water system improvements for West Quesnel and area residents.
The Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia and City of Quesnel are each contributing $1.57 million through the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component program, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, to pay for the full-scale dewatering program budget.

For more information, click here.

Dewatering budget set

March 14, 2011 - City Council approved a program budget of $3.685 million (including HST) for the West Quesnel Land Stability Program's full-scale dewatering initiative. Of this, $2.664 million is for well drilling, drainage upgrades, site preparation and other capital works, while $782,150 is for detailed engineering work, data management, monitoring, project management, water testing and reporting. Both contracts were awarded by Council to AMEC Earth and Environmental, the City's long-time geotechnical engineer on the WQLS Program. The remaining $176,000 contract was awarded to Urban Systems, the City's long-term civil engineering firm. Two-thirds of the funding is provided by a grant from the federal and provincial governments.

The City is waiting for the project's Environmental Assessment to be approved by senior government. Once this happens the project will proceed.

Land Stability program receives funding

September 25, 2009 - The City of Quesnel has received more than $3.14 million from the Building Canada Program to go towards a full-scale dewatering program for the West Quesnel Land Stability Program. The City will be responsible for providing $1.57 million as its share of the project funding. The news was announced yesterday afternoon by the federal and provincial governments.

For more information, click here.

To view the provincial government news release, click here.

Open House hosted by City

June 12, 2009 - The City hosted an Open House on Thursday June 11 at Voyageur Elementary. The results of the program to date as well as a summary of the proposed next steps was covered. Roughly 40 people attended the meeting.

Here is a copy of the Presentation.

To read the newsletter about this meeting, click here.

To view the map of the proposed dewatering program, click here.

City applies for grant funding

May 1, 2009 - A full-scale dewatering and drainage program has been developed. The City is now actively seeking funding from senior government to support the program's implementation.

At its regular Council meeting of March 9 2009, Council directed staff to submit an application to the Building Canada Grant program for the West Quesnel Land Stability Program.

The application asks for approximately $11.9 million: $3.47 million for pumping and monitoring wells; $7.45 million for new storm drainage systems; and $1 million for a leak detection program. The City would be responsible, if the grant is successful, for providing one-third of the project’s total cost, or $3.98 million.

That application has been submitted and is being evaluated by the provincial government.

City proceeds with dewatering development

November 4, 2008 - Council authorized spending approximately $61,000 to design a full-scale dewatering program for the West Quesnel Land Stability study area. Monitoring costs for 2008 are well below budget, which left a surplus of $85,522 in the West Quesnel Land Stability account. This surplus will be used to design the next phase of the program. The City will advise the Ministry of the proposed action and seek endorsement of the plan.

The City has invested more than $1 million towards finding a lasting solution to the WQLS issue. The provincial government has provided close to $1.2 million.

Trial dewatering program complete

Spring 2008 - The trial dewatering program for the West Quesnel Land Stability study area is complete. Results showed that in areas where water was removed from the ground, nearby monitoring stations showed decreased groundwater levels and pressures, which is viewed as key to slowing the movement. The City's engineering firm has recommended developing a fully-costed dewatering program as the next step in the process. The final reports have been submitted to the provincial government for technical review.

Provincial Government Funding Commitment:

In early 2006 the Province of B.C. committed $1.2 million toward the funding of the next phase of work for the West Quesnel Land Stability Program. This commitment resulted from extensive lobby efforts which were supported by Quesnel residents who wrote letters and post cards to reinforce the need for funding from the provincial government.

Professional Review by Leading Geoscientist

As part of the application process for provincial funding, the Province engaged the services of Dr. Norbert Morgenstern of the University of Alberta, to conduct a professional review of the West Quesnel Land Stability Program. Dr. Morgenstern is recognized as one of the leading geoscientists in North America and Quesnel is fortunate to have the benefit of his expertise.

Dr. Morgenstern confirmed the direction of the West Quesnel Land Stability Program and is very supportive of the initiative. He confirmed the validity of the engineering work to date and provided guidance for the next steps.

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