Shore speaker at Winspear

Coastal engineer will be discussing options for future

The future of the shoreline on the Saanich Peninsula is the subject of a talk at the Mary Winspear Centre on Jan. 24.

Coastal Engineer John Readshaw will be giving a public presentation at the Mary Winspear Centre next week on the future of our shores here on the Saanich Peninsula.

Readshaw’s presentation, entitled “Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels: Adaptation and Resilience” is sponsored by SeaChange Marine Conservation Society and the Saanich Inlet Protection Society.

Readshaw leads the coastal engineering group at SNC Lavalin and has a worldwide reputation for the application of up-to-date technology and creative insight to the solution of challenging design and construction issues in the coastal and ocean environment. Over the years, Readshaw has been studying the effects of rising sea levels and said we need to start rethinking the ways in which we interact with our shorelines.

“We have only recently started to understand the complex and dynamic nature of our shores in a rising sea level world,” he explained.

“They will move, change and evolve in response not just to natural forces such as the wind and tide but also to our attempts to shape them to our own needs and in ways that we have not experienced so far to date.”

Readshaw believes that rising sea levels mean that traditional static structures such as seawalls, designed to halt erosion, may have unexpected destabilizing effects on our shorelines and intertidal environment. In his presentation he will talk about various solutions to help landowners prepare for the future.

“This is all about adaptability because our environment is changing and we need to stay one step ahead if we are to continue to live in close proximity to our shorelines,” he said.

— With files from SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

 

 

Just Posted

Here comes the rain: Victoria can expect post Thanksgiving showers all week

Mild, rainy weather expected from Tuesday to Saturday

Victoria woman uses loss to raise awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

City of Victoria to recognize Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day Oct. 15

Calling all little yogis

Saanich yoga studio offering yoga classes for kids to encourage emotion control, healthy lifestyle

Monterey Faces: Meet lifelong Oak Bay resident Audrey Bruce

Monterey centre volunteer Linda Foubister interviews Audrey Bruce

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

PHOTOS: Kipchoge becomes first runner to dip under 2 hours for marathon

Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocks 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds

Most Read