This area had a steep slope into the shallow basin pictured, which was graded back to remove the grass and to create better access.
Upon shaping the banks, the basin was lightly dredged to expose subsurface water and deepen the pool for added habitat.
Contaminated water from uphill can be seen standing in the basin.
Our mission was to slow & store the water in addition to filtering it before it enter
A rock check dam was created to store the water upstream before entering the pond downhill.
Sediment will settle in the pool to further seal the dam and filter contaminants in the water.
Future weather patterns will cause the water level to rise & fall seasonally.
The catchment area was treated with a soil fertility boosting seed mix and mulched with straw to protect the seed and mitigate erosion of the banks.
Red Alder & Willow species saplings were planted to filter the water, create shade and produce biomass for future soil building and forest succession processes.
The inlet pipe can be seen close to the chickens working in the straw and fertilizing the g
This area is currently being underutilized and is a starting place to harvest surface water onto the terraces, which you can see in our design above.
The terraces will be multipurpose access & growing areas to be used for an agroforestry system that the farm can manage.
The roots of the trees will help infiltrate surface water into the ground, which'll recharge the aquifer and repair a small porti
The water will then flow into the existing waterbody at the bottom of the property. This waterbody is seasonal, not perennial - it's empty in the summer and full in the winter - so, it'll be interesting to see how long the season will be extended by the water harvesting features above on the hill.
Extra inflow of groundwater and use of vegetative filters will benefit the oxygenation & cleanliness
This little valley is a main source of water entering the property, but due to water velocity, lack of vegetation and access by the cattle it's turned into a gully.
Like the terraces, we're going to slow, spread & sink the water into the ground by holding it back with either beaver dam analogs (man made beaver dams) or rock check dams.
Holding back the water will decrease the force it creates by tr
John & Katy Ehrlich, Alderlea Farm, Duncan BC
This entrance way is situated in a full sun environment that is surrounded by Douglas Fir forest and the TCH.
This landscape has been designed to provide a sense of tremendous beauty for future homeowners within the development, especially with the use of Magnolias - one of the oldest flowering plants at a whopping 105million years old - bordering the street.
The understory has a focus on native shrub species and wildflower meadow species to emulate early succession within the landscape and to provide a lot of colour for everyone to enjoy.
This commercial building is situated in a full sun to part shade environment that is surrounded by agricultural operations and a main road running into town.
The north and west sides of the building have been designed to maintain a sense of linearity & professionalism, while still primarily utilizing ecologically functional native plant species.
The south side of the building is designed to be relatively non-linear with a focus on native, woodland-edge tree species and wildflower meadow plant species in cooperation with fruit bearing trees & shrubs.
This design is showing a combination of native forest understory ecosystem, riparian/woodland ecosystem and temporal wetland ecosystem - in the form of a rain garden - working together to create an ecologically sound professional center of business for BC Hydro.