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THE JOCK RIVER NEEDS YOUR HELP!
submitted by Brian Finch, President of The Friends of the Jock River
The Riverbend Golf & Country Club has applied for a new permit to take water and the Friends of the Jock River has grave concerns about the amount of water the golf club wants. The club proposes to pump a maximum of 2,046 Litres/minute or 736,560 L/day of water from the Jock River over a maximum of 100 pumping days in the period April 15 to October 1 for the next 10 years.
The Riverbend course is located 9 km. west of Richmond on the Franktown Rd.; the Jock River runs through the centre of the course. Under the club’s previous permit (expired April 2004), it was allowed to remove a maximum of 227,300 litres of water per day for a maximum of 15 days a year between June 1 and August 31.
The new proposal requests the following significant increases: maximum taking days – 667 percent;
the maximum daily water removal – 324 percent;
and the calendar period – extended by 2 ½ months.
The proposal also states that “there will be zero taking at any time when Jock River water level 105.83 is achieved and water taking will not be restarted until elevation 105.87 is achieved”. Documentation with the proposal indicates that an elevation of 105.83 “corresponds to a river flow of 39.1L/sec.
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