LETTER: Glade watershed concerns

From reader Laurel Edwards...

To: Honorable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Atco Wood Products and Kalesnikoff Lumber Company are scheduled to begin logging the Glade Watershed as early as 2017 and plan to continue for the following five years.

My concerns are many, but I will only speak of concerns and heightened liability as they pertain to you: the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Glade’s only connection to the main highway is the ferry that is a vital link as residents work, shop, receive medical services, attend schools, etc., on the other side of the river.

The logging truck traffic that will be using the ferry will have a detrimental impact on the ferry itself, the landing and the flow of traffic.

This increased traffic of heavy trucks will also impact the narrow roads within Glade, which are highly utilized by residents young and old who walk, cycle, push strollers and ride horses.

The road from the ferry to the highway is narrow with two sharp corners.

At one point it is only 20 feet across, sinking and eroding with a steep drop off to the train tracks and river below.

Any mishap in this area could have serious consequences and wreak havoc for the railway, river, ferry and dams downstream.

School buses travel this road to deliver our children to and from school.

I shudder to think what could happen if the bus and logging truck were to meet at this compromised point and put stress on the weakened side.

The result could be a major disaster.

Understandably, I am very concerned about the prospects this increased heavy traffic could cut us off from neighbouring communities, but even more so, the danger it presents to our children and loved ones.

I urge you to do whatever is in your power to avert any likelihood of disaster.

Laurel Edwards

Castlegar

Just Posted

Trail company bids to replace Greyhound for Nelson-Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board

Observant neighbour averts fire disaster

Blueberry resident spots neighbour’s truck on fire.

COLUMN: Carrot thief, forest fires, and a horse-boat collision

Greg Scott brings us news from the archives of the Nelson Daily News fifty years ago

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

VIDEO: Auto repair shop celebrates Nelson mural festival

A painting by Barry Overn at Downtown Automotive turned heads at the festival opening.

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Bear kills off-leash dog in B.C. park

There have been nearly 200 pet or livestock and bear encounters so far this year

Trudeau says he won’t apologize to heckler, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

Prime Minister had accused woman of racism as she shouted about illegal immigration at Quebec rally

Most Read