More than two years after planning started, the Heritage Creek rehabilitation project is finally underway. Grants totalling $72,310 ($49,620 from the City of St. Albert and $22,690 from the Province) have been awarded, but they are conditional upon community volunteers contributing labour valued at $10,560. Therefore, we need your help to perform the following activities:
- Bring your own pressure washer to remove debris from the large rocks that will be excavated by machines from the creek bed.
- Hand excavation of material under the foot bridge, because it cannot be done by the machines.
- Helping to roll out geotextile material in the bottom of the new stream bed.
- Laying of small rocks in the new stream bed.
If your property backs onto the creek, then you can also help by allowing us to connect the pressure washers to your water and electricity outlets. After disturbed areas are seeded or sodded, the contractor will also need to connect sprinklers to your water outlets because the sidewalk was not designed to support heavy trucks carrying water.
Dates when volunteers are needed will depend on the contractor’s progress and weather conditions, but if you give us your name and contact information we will notify you a day or two in advance. The anticipated dates (subject to change) are:
September 29 – October 6: pressure washing (bring your own pressure washer)
October 3 – 4: excavation under the footbridge (bring your own shovel).
October 5 – 6: help lay rolls of geotextile material in the new creek bed.
October 11 – 20: set small rocks in new creek bed by hand.
Volunteers are required to bring sturdy footwear (steel toed boots are highly recommended) and must sign a waiver form and receive safety orientation before going to work.
If you can volunteer or would like more information, please contact Dale Fetterly (phone: 780-460-4276 or email: email@example.com).