Work in progress during the Oct. 17 work bee. Five volunteers with the Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society braved the fall temperatures to work on remediating the foundation of the outhouse provided by the society at the Milburn Lake Public Access. (Photo Submitted)

Work in progress during the Oct. 17 work bee. Five volunteers with the Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society braved the fall temperatures to work on remediating the foundation of the outhouse provided by the society at the Milburn Lake Public Access. (Photo Submitted)

Volunteers fix foundation of Milburn Lake Public Access outhouse

The Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society recently held a work bee at the site

On Saturday, Oct. 17, five volunteers from the Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society braved the fall temperatures and worked on remediating the foundation of the outhouse provided by the society at the Milburn Lake Public Access.

Since its installation 20 years ago under the direction of Gordon Crick, now deceased, the gravel slope had gradually eroded to the point where three of the four corners of the structure had been undermined. With the addition of more gravel and some labour, that has been remedied, and the outhouse now sits firmly on a platform that extends out one metre from its base.

The public access is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), and the Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society (BLWSS) has a maintenance contract with the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) to provide for the upkeep and maintenance of the outhouse on the site.

BLWSS has been lobbying MOTI for several years to improve the site itself. BLWSS has commissioned a plan which provides for the installation of a boat launch, a proper beach and designated parking.

Above all, the plan includes raising the level of the site to prevent the annual flooding that occurs. This year has been particularly bad, with the spring freshet flooding over the road and causing the CRD to impose evacuation orders on two neighbouring properties that also flooded. It has highlighted the need to replace the existing outflow culvert, further down the lake, with one large enough to accommodate the higher water levels in recent years. In fact, the access has not been fully accessible all year and even now, in October, half the access area remains flooded. This is something that has never happened in previous years and has resulted in the lake not being easily accessible all year. With the current water levels this high so late in the year, and if neither the culvert is replaced nor the site is raised, it is highly likely that there will be a repeat of the flooding situation next spring.

The society would like to thank Emcon and Keis Trucking for their generous donation of gravel, Doug Nielsen for the donation of his loader and time, Phil Harris for the loan of a compactor and Bob Ross, Dan Aussant, Richard Armstrong and David Law for their help in working the site.

— Submitted by the Bouchie Lake Watershed Stewardship Society

READ MORE: Society working to improve Milburn Lake access

signature

Water

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The outhouse at the Milburn Lake Public Access before the Oct. 17 work bee. (Photo Submitted)

The outhouse at the Milburn Lake Public Access before the Oct. 17 work bee. (Photo Submitted)

Just Posted

Forestry Ink columnist Jim Hilton. (File Photo)
FORESTRY INK: Responsible use of herbicides

Columnist Jim Hilton writes about the issue of spraying herbicides like glyphosate

This screenshot from the City of Quesnel website shows where paving took place during the 2020 season. (City of Quesnel website)
City of Quesnel completed overlay paving at five sites in 2020

The season’s work was completed within a budget of $375,000

Correlieu Secondary School students Hanna Fitchett, Justin Pugh and Jaeana Dumais (missing from photo) were recently recognized by the Quesnel and District Arts Council for their poetry submissions to the community writing contest. The students’ work was inspired by the novel Wenjack and the film The Secret Path. (Photo Submitted)
LETTER: Quesnel high school students’ poetry recognized

CSS thanks the Quesnel and District Arts Council and its community writing contest partners

The director of the Wells Snowmobile Club, Dexter Knorr, shared what is in his safety kit when sledding. Included are spare parts for his machine, like sparkplugs, and specially-designed tow ropes. (Submitted Photo)
Wells Snowmobile Club director shares tips for safe sledding

Two Prince George men were recently stranded on Yanks Peak, one overnight

In this file photo from 2019, Tammy Burrows of the Wild Women of the North Society organizes the donations before the group of volunteers begins assembling Christmas hampers Dec. 22 at the Quesnel Tillicum Society Native Friendship Centre. The society is collecting food hamper items again this winter, along with winter clothing and warm gear. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)
There are many ways to help fill Christmas hampers in and around Quesnel

Many businesses, volunteers and the RCMP are collecting hamper items over the next few weeks

(Dave Landine/Facebook)
VIDEO: Dashcam captures head-on crash between snowplow and truck on northern B.C. highway

Driver posted to social media that he walked away largely unscathed

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

A airport worker is pictured at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave

This ban is separate from the one restricting non-essential U.S. travel

Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)
B.C. care home looks to hire residents’ family members amid COVID-19-related staff shortage

Family would get paid as temporary workers, while having chance to see loved ones while wearing PPE

A man walks by a COVID-19 test pod at the Vancouver airport in this undated handout photo. A study has launched to investigate the safest and most efficient way to rapidly test for COVID-19 in people taking off from the Vancouver airport. The airport authority says the study that got underway Friday at WestJet’s domestic check-in area is the first of its kind in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Airport Authority *MANDATORY CREDIT*
COVID-19 rapid test study launches at Vancouver airport for departing passengers

Airport authority says that a positive rapid test result does not constitute a medical diagnosis for COVID-19

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

More than 60 cm of snow has fallen at Ulkatcho First Nation near Anahim Lake in the Chilcotin since a snowfall warning went into effect Thursday, Nov. 26. (Graham West photo)
VIDEO: More than 60 cm of snowfall in Chilcotin since Thursday, Nov. 26

Graham West of Ulkatcho First Nation captures the scene on video

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

Most Read