The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association hosts a race on the Jordan River. It is coming up on Aug. 2. (File photo)

LETTER: Revelstoke Paddlesport Association opposed to gravel pit near Jordan River

City council has also expressed opposition to the gravel pit

The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association and the local kayak community would like to voice their concern about the proposed gravel pits adjacent to the Jordan River on Westside Rd. and the Jordan Kirkup FSR.

The Jordan River and the surrounding forest is an invaluable natural resource within our community. The ease of access and the developed trail network along the river make it a popular spot for many different user groups ranging from foragers and dog walkers to whitewater kayakers.

READ MORE: ‘This river is a treasure’-Revelstoke resident oppose gravel pit proposal near Jordan River

The proposed pit on Westside Road would threaten the recreational use of the lower Jordan river for whitewater kayaking and canoeing. This section of river is one of the best beginner areas in town for multiple reasons. It acts as a bridge from flatwater to whitewater skills, allowing us to introduce more beginners to the river and teach the progression necessary to enjoying whitewater safely. There are very few beginner and intermediate rivers in Revelstoke and the interruption of one of the most important ones would be devastating for the growth of our community.

One of the most important aspects of this section is the ease of access and egress. From a safety standpoint this is vitally important as sometimes in a rescue situation it is crucial to be able to evacuate the river quickly from an accessible area. As of now the well-developed walking trail network allows river users to enter and exit the lower Jordan River wherever they please. The development of a gravel pit would take away this crucial feature of the Jordan River and therefore would make it a much more dangerous place to bring people who are new to the sport.

READ MORE: Revelstoke City council opposed to proposed gravel pits north of town

As stewards of wild places, the Paddlesport Association also takes issue with the potential for contamination of the river from dust and particulate matter from the excavation and hauling of gravel. The issues revolving around silica dust have not been properly addressed. Therefore, having a pit so close to the river would be irresponsible as the health of river users, wildlife and fish populations would all be threatened.

The proposed pits in the vicinity of the Jordan river would threaten an ecologically important area that is used regularly by many user groups. Jake and Jay are a local business and should understand the necessity of keeping certain areas pristine and free from industrial encroachment. As one of the user groups who cherish and take pride in our local natural spaces, the Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is opposed to the development of new open pits on Westside Road and the Kirkup Road.


The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association

Just Posted

Live music and harm reduction scheduled for Welcome Week

Pender Street Steppers will be playing Traverse on Nov. 28

Revelstokians trying to make a difference with Mindful Mondays

Locals invite you to make changes to reduce your carbon footprint starting one day a week

Revelstoke and District Humane Society raises $4,200

The community came out for their annual photos with Santa event

Keep that ‘friendly small town’ feel in Revelstoke this Welcome Week

Make friends with your new neighbours at one of many fun events Nov. 23-30

Bye bye Bei Bei: Giant panda born in U.S. zoo heads to China

Panda heads back to China as part of cooperative breeding program

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

WATCH: Coldstream garage fire as hot as 275 C: deputy fire Chief

Shop fire potential for ‘one heck of a fireworks show,’ O’Hara says

North Okanagan women head up college board

Gloria Morgan named chair and Juliette Cunningham vice-chair Tuesday

Artist waves women’s flag in Okanagan

SheShe declares femininity with all-encompassing exhibit

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Man accused in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

Most Read