Winter storms that caused havoc to Salt Spring’s outdoor recreation areas proved especially rough at Bader’s Beach, where more than a metre of infilled shoreline has dropped into the sea.
Concerned resident Dale Thorson brought the matter to the attention of the Salt Spring Parks and Recreation and its Trails Advisory Committee with a delegation to the latter group’s meeting Monday afternoon. Thorson said high waves have undermined the area used for vehicle and boat trailer parking.
“The sea is washing it away. There’s been a couple of instances this winter where three or four feet have disappeared in one shot. I think it’s a matter of some urgency if we want to protect this,” Thorson said.
The parking area is part of a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure right-of-way at the end of Collins Road. The boat ramp is one of the only places the public can enter the water with kayaks or pleasure boats on the northwest side of the island and is adjacent to Capital Regional District parkland. A BC Hydro pole located close to the new edge could also be a potential danger.
Thorson said one side area of the parking area has not eroded, seemingly because large rocks have been piled there as a kind of barrier. Adding rocks and fill to the unprotected portion could be a simple fix, he suggested.
Trails committee member Philip Grange said he had spoken to the MoTI area manager about the problem and attempted to follow up but had not received a response. The committee agreed that parks manager Dan Ovington should contact the ministry to add an official voice of concern and that Thorson should continue to be the citizen’s voice, both with MoTI and BC Hydro.