BOWKER CREEK INITIATIVE IN THE CAPITAL REGION: “Creek restoration opportunities typically arise with little warning, and the detailed plan and long-term vision will help all its partners be ready,” wrote Tanis Gower, Bowker Creek Initiative Coordinator, in an article that recognized re-development of Oak Bay High School as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (December 2009)

Re-development Creates Opportunities

“Bowker Creek is like most urban creeks – it’s in rough shape. Luckily, it also has some advantages. Bowker Creek runs through a densely populated area full of citizens who want more nature, less pollution, and better greenway corridors in their neighbourhoods,” wrote Tanis Gower, Bowker Creek Initiative Coordinator, in an article published in 2009.

“They have supported their municipalities – Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria – to become part of the Bowker Creek Initiative, a partnership of groups working steadily to raise awareness and to address the problems of polluted water, flooding, and habitat degradation.”

Bowker Creek Blueprint

“Change is slow in the urban environment,” continued Tanis Gower. “It usually happens with re-development of individual lots as buildings wear out or as population density increases. With re-development comes opportunity for creek restoration or creek day-lighting (opening buried sections). However, since restoration opportunities happen on a lot-by-lot basis over time, a long term plan and policies need to be in place.

“The Bowker Creek Initiative has produced a plan – the Bowker Creek Blueprint – that includes policy recommendations. Creek restoration opportunities typically arise with little warning, and the detailed plan and long-term vision will help all its partners be ready.”

To Learn More:

To read the complete article by Tanis Gower that is found on the Rainwater Management Community-of-Interest, click on Re-development at Oak Bay High School creates a creek restoration opportunity.