Happy Valley-Goose Bay council taps 2 companies to fix riverbank erosion

The town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay hopes two companies awarded the project can stop the erosion of the riverbank that was threatening two wells.

'Something that couldn't be left unaddressed,' says Mayor Jamie Snook.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook says the town will use federal gas tax funds to pay for the project. (CBC)

Two companies have been tapped to do the required work to prevent further riverbank erosion in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which had threatened the town's water supply.

If left unaddressed...our water wells and supply would have been at risk.- Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook

"It was definitely something that couldn't be left unaddressed, otherwise we would have had a real issue with the supply of water in town," said Mayor Jamie Snook.
He explained workers with Harvey Gale & Son and Grey Rock will install rip-rock around the riverbank to prevent further erosion, which was threatening two wells in particular. 

'Back to the drawing board'

Snook said consultants, engineers and town officials have been working on a solution over the past few months.

"Initially, when we put this out to tender, it came in at a $1.5 million project, to do it using a crane system," he said.

We were definitely pleasantly surprised with that because it was something that had to be done.- Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook

"We were very grateful that, with the help of our new town engineer, we went back to the drawing board on that. Essentially, we didn't have that type of money budgeted for this. So we were able to find a different solution." 

The town is paying for the project with federal gas tax funds and the work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.