In September of each of the years of 2010 and 2011, significant flooding associated with heavy precipitation occurred in Bella Coola Valley and tributary watersheds. These flood events caused damage and destruction to infrastructure, property, homes, fish habitat, stream channels and banks. Significant repair and restoration of infrastructure has been undertaken and implementation continues by various agencies, regional government and First Nations, individuals and the communities of Bella Coola Valley. The
September 2010 flood was recorded as a 200 year flood event, and the 2011 flood recorded as a 150 year event. This mapping inventory project was developed and funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for implementation and delivery by the Bella Coola Watershed Conservation Society (BCWCS). Kynoch Resources was subsequently awarded a contract to complete this project on behalf of the BCWCS; Kynoch Resources partnered with JKL Research for this project. The project's intent is to inventory areas of recorded damages to infrastructure/development, ecological features and fish habitat affected by 2010 and 2011 flood events.
There are a number of groups/agencies that have been working independently to address damage from the floods and planning for the future. However, each group or agency does not have the same resources or information and tools to enable a more coordinated and strategic community approach. This project was developed by DFO to compliment their Policy for the Management of Fish Habitat, allowing increased collaboration between partners and the public and streamline the habitat referral process. Between February 27, and March 31, 2012, Kynoch Resources completed to the greatest level feasible the key objectives outlined in the SOW, outlined in our full Report.