High water and ice in North Saskatchewan River damages Edmonton dragon boat club’s landing area

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Ice and high water levels on the North Saskatchewan River have damaged the Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club’s landing area.

Over the span of two weeks the area near Dawson Park where the club installs its dock has been flooded, eroded and covered in fine sand, or silt, Michael Reyes, the club’s director of marketing, said Monday

“Last time I visited I couldn’t really see the landing for us to install the dock because there was so much silt deposited on there,” he said. “We’ll have to find a way to remove all the silt from the area. A lot of silt deposit, a lot of damage to our wooden landing area … as well as some considerable erosion.”

Reyes said it took him by surprise by how much the landing eroded over such a short period of time.

The club is now looking for solutions to repair the area but Reyes said most of the work is done by volunteers. He said they also have to follow public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which complicates the matter further as gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed in one outdoor location.