Update: August 2018

It’s time to get the waters flowing again! For the past few weeks Yvon (and the chainsaw) have joined the team to help us clear the waterways and gather material for more long-term installations. Once the sites were identified, with photos and notes gathered, we set off to Aucoin Brook and then Fiset Brook to do the work.

Starting in Aucoin Brook, we had to find the right trees for the digger logs we were to install later in the season. This can sometimes take a lengthy amount of time, as there is a lot to consider. Finding a straight, recently fallen tree, within close proximity to the site is the ideal (and then is it long enough?). Once the right tree has been chosen, we measure, cut, clear and drag it to the site to be used in the future.

Other jobs on the Aucoin Brook were clearing debris that may continue to clog or inhibit flow. The crew cleared much of the leaves and smaller debris before Yvon arrived so that it was easy cutting for him. More logs were set aside to block a section of the brook from becoming further divided.

This week some serious clearing happened in Fiset Brook. The crew spent an entire morning clearing the first site with Yvon’s help (and still more to be done!) A channel switch, and an eroded bank are just two possible causes for the amount of debris to build over time. We are thankful for Yvon’s help, as we couldn’t do it without him.

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