As many locals are aware a new house has been built close to the Williams Lake dam. The owners contend that the paths used by locals and others to access the dam for well over a century are now in a no trespass area.
Paul Nodwell was, in his own words, “the luckiest of kids” for having unimpeded access to the NorthWest Arm, the cliffs of the railway tracks, and Point Pleasant Park as his playground.
Today, as an Urban Design and Landscape Architect in the Toronto area he is a passionate advocate for the protection of what he refers to as the ‘unintended’ public realm.
Last Fall, just before the lake got it’s frosty covering, we were out on the water, taking samples as part of our yearly water quality assessments. At various times of the year we test things like temperature, acidity, and oxygen levels, but measuring salinity, or levels of salt, is one of the most important things we do.
Is this the first beaver spotting of 2017?
A many of you know, the health of Williams Lake is impacted by salt making its way into the water. Road salting in the Williams Lake area was resumed in January 2015, after roughly 2 decades of a “no salt policy”…