ENVIRONMENTAL INVENTORY FOR SALMON ARM
WA:TER is delighted to share the news that a new and important step in learning about our natural heritage is about to take place.
As recommended for several years by the City of Salmon Arm's Environmental Advisory Committee and a broad cross section of our community, including WA:TER, a local company has been awarded the contract for an environmental assessment of parts of the ecosystem in which our community is embedded. The critical process of creating an inventory and mapping where we live is now underway.
The long-term economic and social security of our city will depend on learning as much as we can about our home, so that we and future generations can protect and enhance its vital and irreplaceable assets, and avoid our past mistakes.
SENSITIVE HABITAT INVENTORY MAPPING is an ecosystem-based mapping technique that focuses on the collection and mapping of reliable, high quality, current, and spatially accurate information about local freshwater habitats, watercourses, and associated riparian communities.
SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS INVENTORY are inventories of terrestrial landscapes within our area that are identified as ecologically fragile and (or) are recognized as rare. The purpose of an SEI project is to identify these ecosystems and to encourage land-use decisions that will ensure their continued integrity.
SHIM WORK AWARDED
By Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer July 6, 2012The city has awarded a Salmon Arm company a contract worth $51,000 to complete two environment-based inventories. Out of 11 applicants, Forsite Consultants was recommended by staff, and chosen by council, to do a sensitive habitat inventory and mapping (SHIM) project, as well as a wetland inventory and mapping (WIM) project. Through city staff's technical evaluation process, Forsite actually came in second place with 72.8 points, behind Karen Grainger of Burns Lake. A staff memo to council explains Forsite would complete both studies for 68 kilometres of streams and 60 wetlands within the study area for the specified budget ($51,100 maximum), and that this "would provide an increase in value above the next qualified proponent in the technical point rankings in the amount of 53 per cent for streams and 20 per cent for wetlands." Coun. Denise Reimer said she was excited to see this project move forward. "I know there's a lot of people waiting for this to happen," said Reimer, who thanked staff for the work they've done. "I guess I'm very excited also, and pleased, that a local company was chosen, based on the criteria of course," Reimer added.
WA:TER applauds Salmon Arm City Council's decision to allocate $40,000 (2011/12) for work toward Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (*SHIM), and $10,000 (2012) to a Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (**SEI), and most importantly, its plan to begin the first phase of implementation in 2012. This is an important step forward in understanding, respecting and protecting our environment.
In November 2010, many citizens of Salmon Arm urged the city to develop an environmental inventory to better plan land use, and pledged more than $14,000 toward this goal. The time has come to put our pledges to work. Donations may be earmarked for both or either projects. The current allocation of funds emphasizes the SHIM, but with additional funds, the SEI component could be implemented on a larger and more cost effective scale than suggested in the following Observer article. Charitable receipts will be issued for all contributions.
MAIL: City of Salmon Arm, Box 40, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2 (cheques to the City of Salmon Arm)
IN PERSON: Cash, cheques and debit cards can be processed directly at City Hall.
PLEASE NOTE: Signed donation confirmation forms must accompany all donations.
[ City of Salmon Arm - SHIM donation confirmation form ]
[ City of Salmon Arm - SEI donation confirmation form ]
Salmon Arm Observer article - January 11, 2012
"Throughout the process that led to the approval of the SmartCentres shopping centre development, calls were made for sensitive ecosystems mapping of the city so developers would know outright which areas are off limits.
At its Friday budget meeting, council agreed to add $20,000 to an existing $20,000 reserve for the $80,000 Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) of local watercourses. Council also allocated $10,000 towards the $45,000 Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory (SEI) mapping.
Corey Paiement, the city's director of development services, said both mapping projects would be phased in, with the $10,000 likely paying for SEI mapping this year of Area B, the rural residential area along Foothill Road and the lower slopes of Mt. Ida that has been identified for several years as another area for urban residential development. The SHIM project, mapping watercourses, would also begin in 2012. It's possible that a request for proposals could include the first phase of both mapping projects."