Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Winter works at Kus-kus-sum 

Track mounted auger drilling rig advancing a borehole ~ Active Earth Engineering LTD

Auger Recovery from saturated soils ~ Active Earth Engineering LTD

Project work at Kus-kus-sum isn’t taking a holiday break. In early January, you may have seen some large machines near the wall – we got some excited phone calls about this! However, they were not there to start removing the wall, they were there to take important soil cores to analyse a patch of soil near the wall. 

Last Fall, we started working with soils consultant Active Earth Environmental LTD to plan the best way to remove this patch of soil. The first step was to take soil cores and conduct some lab analysis – these were the machines you might have seen in early January! The next step will be to remove the soil. You’ll be seeing these machines in February and March. We are planning to have this work wrapped up by the end of March so we can get back to completing our restoration earthworks & revegetation in the spring!  

Please note that the wall will not be removed until all soil excavations and movement are completed, the whole area is replanted and the site is ready to be inundated with water. Our hopes are for this to be the case by the end of 2025 or beginning of 2026. As the year progresses we will be able to provide updates on the wall removal timeframe. 

Installing Groundwater Monitoring Well and adjacent Soil Vapour Probe ~ Active Earth Engineering LTD

Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart