Saturday, October 29, 2011

West Vancouver

There is a public promenade along the shoreline all the way from Dundarave to Ambleside (2-3 kms), most of it heavily armored to protect it from storm waves.  The high tide prevented me from getting much of a sense of the intertidal, but it appears that the orientation, and perhaps severely limited sediment availability, results in little opportunity for real beaches except where projecting structures act as groins.

The West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society has been experimenting with using strategically placed rock to act as reefs to enhance habitat and to help trap sediment in the intertidal.  They have also been working to improve stream mouths and stormwater outfalls along this heavily urbanized shoreline.  I'll have to come back at a low tide sometime and take a closer look.


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