Erosion expert speaks Thursday

  • May. 15, 2006 8:00 p.m.

The Graham Island Advisory Planning Commission has organized a presentation by coastal erosion expert Dr. Ian Walker, to take place at the Tlell Fire Hall Thursday (May 18) at 7:30 pm.
Dr. Walker, a geography professor at the University of Victoria, has been visiting the islands regularly for the past couple of years to study the shifting sand dunes and sea levels here. The presentation will focus on the past, present and future states of the coastline along northeastern Graham Island.
This coastline has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years, and it continues to change. According to Dr. Walker, East Beach is eroding by one to three metres a year, while areas on North Beach are growing by about 0.3 metres per year.
Dr. Walker will also talk about results from his ongoing project on climate change impacts in this area.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation. GIAPC secretary Brigid Cumming said she will also have nomination forms available for anyone interested in joining the commission, which has two seats open, one for a resident of Area D from north of Mayer Lake, and one for a resident who lives south of Mayer Lake.