Last Updated June 24, 2011
Information on each of the LTS utilities (electrical, mechanical, water supply, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, stormwater control, winter management, etc.) is sorted into these categories:
- status and early remedial work completed upon arrival in November 2009
- renovations and/or upgrades completed in 2010
- work currently underway
- future work programs and/or aspirations
We welcome any questions or comments on any of these topics. Although this is a BLOG site, we will return to each of these topics on a regular basis to update each of the sub-topics. We will do our best to respond to any questions, comments or concerns as soon as possible.
Photographs related to the “Stormwater Control / Drainage Systems” at the facility are located here:
Stormwater Control & Drainage Systems
June 2011 Upgrades
The intense and continuous “wet weather” conditions in the Spring of 2011 have shown that even our 2010 drainage system upgrades needed additional work. Previous projects had resulted in the addition of drainage ditches in the main fields on the south and east side of the property and the installation of culverts in the “crossing areas”. Unfortunately, the culverts were not of sufficient size to handle the large water flows experienced in the Spring of 2011. These have now been replaced and the water is flowing freely into the off-site drainage areas. Work is ongoing to also improve the drainage in the paddock areas, where possible.
If you are in these fields you will note that the culvert installation is now complete and a new pathway of “crushed asphalt” has been put in place.
Status and Remedial Work Upon Arrival in 2009
It was very obvious in the Fall of 2009 upon arrival at the site that there were serious problems on the property with stormwater control and the existing drainage systems. During an intense storm, many of the paddocks were flooded, the stormwater surged down the driveway uncontrolled, and the drainage systems in the fields overflowed and saturated the grazing areas.
As the ground was already partially frozen and there were so many other issues to deal with at the facility, we had no alternative but to “put major work off” until the Spring of 2010. Where possible, new drainage ports were “hand dug” so that the water could at least get into the existing trenches – plugged as they were. In some instances, such as at the WHITE STALL BARN, the problem was so severe that the Radisic Family (RF) assisted by bringing in a contractor to assist with the digging of a new drainage trench. That process is covered separately under the WHITE STALL BARN RENOVATIONS.
The “Horse Chutes” we also severely hampered by the pooling of water and thus the best that could be done manually was implemented. The rest would have to wait until spring.
Both sand rings were plagues by stormwater drainage issues, and this matter continues to this date – although somewhat alleviated by the construction of new drainage trenches. The Barn A Sand Ring was so badly flooded in November 2009 that is was not usable on most days. As such, a “French Drain” was installed at the south boundary of the ring, leading to the new drainage trench that had been constructed for the White Stall Barn. Keeping this drain clear has required continuous attention and most recently the drain was washed out in the great JULY 2010 STORMS.
Renovations and Upgrades Completed in 2010
Some of the major corrective action put into place in the Spring of 2010 are noted as follows:
- the RF team arranged to borrow the “Ditch Witch” from Bill (across the street) and we were able to clean most of the major drainage trenches and install new ones, a process that is ongoing and was recently upgraded in August 2010;
– new trenches in the Pony Field and Western Stone Paddock
– revitalized trenches in the 24 Hour Field and Boys Field
- the main drainage trench from the “Barn A Concrete Pad” was opened and shovelled out – obviously something that had not been done for years by the previous tenant – as the gravel, asphalt and manure was 8 to 10 inches in depth – almost half the trough depth;
- new culverts were installed in the “Boy’s Field Chute” and the “Western Field Chute” so that the horses and owners would have improved access to these areas; and
- ongoing maintenance of the “Roadway Drainage” that goes past the “Shavings Shed” and out to the 24 Hour Field.
A big part of the problem was drainage from the roofs of the many barns on the property. In the fall of 2009 the eavestroughs from Barn A were cleaned, as they were know to be a primary supply of clean water to the ponds, from which all the horse drinking water is retrieved. The eavestroughs on the Main Barn were is such a bad state that RF had to bring in a contractor, without question, to repair and clean those eavestroughs. Other areas, such as the Private Barn, Bank Barn and Run-In Sheds have not yet been addressed but are on the “Wish List” for 2010. Many of the downspouts from the eavestroughs discharge into incorrect areas, a problem that has not been totally resolved as of this date. Some of the areas have had extensions added to by-pass the troubled areas and some have on-site rainwater storage (Barn A) but many issues still have not been addressed.
Initially we were not aware that the main drain under the “Shavings Shed” from the Barn A Concrete Pad was plugged. It was not until some of the major summer storms of July 2010 that it became apparent that the water was not going into the drainage trough and out to the back fields. Instead, the water was overflowing the drainage troughs and going directly into the White Stall Barn as well as the Shavings Shed. As soon as we observed this, the 2nd cleaning of the drainage trough was undertaken, at which time it became apparent that the pipe under the shavings shed to the back field was plugged. Preliminary estimates for a CONTRACTOR to come in and clear the pipe were $1,200 and that seemed a bit excessive. The alternative was to manually clean the troughs and “blow the pipe” from both ends with a rig built on a pressure washer. It took a few hours and then ….. WHOOSH! It was not a pleasant site or smell, so if you missed it – good timing! The next problem was to get all that mess out of the 24 Hour Field, thus the reconstruction of the drainage trenches in that area. For the past 6 weeks, all seems to be working well – and we have had a few more big storms.
Work Currently Underway
Work has continued throughout 2010 on the improvements to the stormwater control and drainage. A great part of the emphasis has been on controlling the stormwater that enters the ponds, as that is the drinking water supply for the horses. Some recent action is noted as follows:
- the Sand Ring drainage areas are being rebuilt as a result of the “washout” of these areas during some of the big July 2010 summer storms, as the off-site water channels were just too small to accommodate the incredible amounts of stormwater; (waiting for new gravel to arrive)
- the Private Barn Manure Area has been “shut down” as it was not on a concrete pad and manure leachate could reach the ponds through overland or underground flow;
- the Main Barn roof eavestrough system was upgraded to allow all the roof drainage to go direct to POND #1, which is the primary treatment pond for the water supply system; and
- new culverts and drainage ditches are being installed in all the main problem areas.
Future Programs / Aspirations
Stormwater control is one of the major issues that has to be addressed at the facility. Although a lot has been accomplished there is a GREAT AMOUNT of work that still needs to be completed. Some of the major tasks are as follows:
- all of the eavestroughs and discharge pipes from ALL OF THE BARNS need to be rebuilt, repaired and cleaned as a great deal of the rainwater is not making it to the ponds, rather it is flowing overland through dirty areas and entering the ponds, or pooling in the paddocks and entering the groundwater;
- several paddock areas are “full of manure” that has yet to be cleaned – not from LTS activities, but left by the previous tenants – such as is clearly evident in the paddocks to the east of POND #2 (Run-In Shed for Barn A and Bank Barn Horse Area); and
- major drainage areas from the east and west fields must be monitored now that the drainage to these areas has been improved, as no action has been taken other than to get the water out into these fields.
Stormwater control and drainage management will be one of the most important issues at the facility during the next year. It is a complex system, starting with the eavestroughs on all of the buildings and ending with the discharge of the water into the creek at the south of the property. It impacts on the enjoyment of the property, the land use by the horses and most importantly the drinking water supply. Solving all of these problems will require joint action of LTS and RF and a plan must be put in place and acted upon quickly.