Ellis Creek Fish Bypass Project – BC Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Award
Ellis Creek is a tributary to the Okanagan River in Penticton. It is a fish stream but for many years has had restricted use by fish due to impassable fish barriers. One of these barriers is a sanitary sewer line in the City of Penticton that was constructed across the lower creek in the 1960s. As part of a compensation plan for disturbance to fish habitat on a project nearby, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provided funding to assist in restoring fish passage past the sewer line. This project is known as the Ellis Creek Fish Bypass Project.
The Ellis Creek Fish Bypass project was a truly multi-disciplinary project that required the expertise and experience of professional engineers, professional biologists, local First Nations, provincial and federal agencies, technical support and local contractors and suppliers. Our water resources engineer, Don Dobson, a specialist fisheries habitat biologist, Marc Gaboury, as well as a team of environmental monitors completed the design, permitting, and construction supervision. Construction of the works included another team of subcontractors including various engineers, environmental monitors, City of Penticton staff, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources staff and members from the Penticton Indian Band working together.
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