Swift Creek is a stream that flows into the Fording River. The project work area was located on Teck Coal’s Greenhills and Fording River Operations located approximately 29 kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford in southeastern British Columbia.
The purpose of the diversion was environmental protection; diverting water from the undisturbed part of the catchment before it comes into contact with waste rock and conveying the clean water to the downstream reach of Swift Creek before it flows into the Fording River. The flow of water through waste spoils was reduced thereby reducing selenium loading in Swift Creek.
The scope of work for the project included the reinstatement and extension of over 3km of ditches, installation of culvert and slide gates, installation of over 1500m of 600mm HDPE piping, and the construction of pipe inlet and outlet structures including extensive rip rap work.
The challenges for this project included the late start which resulted in working in adverse weather conditions and scope changes throughout the project. These challenges were dealt with in a timely fashion resulting in a project that was delivered on time.