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NATURE
· Rich Wetlands in the Creston Valley
FIRST PEOPLES
· Yaqan Nukiy, People of the Water
HISTORY
· Too Much Water
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This is a photograph of orchards near Wynndel.
Orchards near Wynndel, 1953. BC Archives I-21299.
Constable embarked on his efforts soon after his arrival in 1904, but success eluded him for nearly 30 years. Complicated negotiations were required. The Creston dyke system affected land across the United States border as far south as Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Provincial, federal and state governments entered into lengthy but intermittent discussions, and little progress was made. In 1925 Constable gave up on the government negotiations. He began fund-raising and sought to acquire land and water rights. Success was delayed until 1936, when finally his years of dedication resulted in the Creston Reclamation Company building a series of dykes, which reclaimed 3,200 hectares of land. Although massive floods devastated the region in 1938 and 1948, Constable's dream was finally a reality.
Strawberry box label. RBCM 987.130.162.
This is a colourful image from a Wynndel strawberry box label.
Apple box label, Creston. RBCM 987.130.95.
This is a colourful image from a Royal Crest apple box label.
He remained active in the reclamation movement until his death in 1973, continually striving to improve and expand the drainage system in the Creston area. Recognized as an authority on regional water issues, he frequently consulted with both national and international bodies on water rights problems. A leading figure in the 1950s controversy over Columbia River hydroelectric development, Constable said at the time that:
"It should not be forgotten that for over sixty years the people of Kootenay have been developing the water resources of this river, integrating the same with its industry and agriculture in an orderly manner, unheralded, unaided, and generally unknown to others than themselves."
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