Brydon Lagoon truly is a jewel in Langley City. Although at this point it appears to be somewhat of a tarnished jewel. Langley City staff (Francis Cheung) says they are aware of the problem yet he offers no solutions. Mr. Cheung claims that dredging is cost prohibitive. Where was Mr. Cheungâ€™s fear of something being cost prohibitive when McBurney Lane was under construction? Perhaps there should be meaningful dialogue with the Langley Field Naturalists to at least explore this option.
There are those who have given little or no thought to the problem and who say the solution is to â€˜simply pave over the lagoon.â€™ The question is this: How can you pave over something that City staff says consists of at least two metres of sludge at the bottom? This would be comparable to trying to pave over Burns Bog.
Mr. Cheung also says staff cannot understand why the pumps keep â€˜shutting offâ€™. Fire the person responsible for pump maintenance and hire someone who can. If this were your backyard swimming pool, would you simply accept a repairman telling you that they canâ€™t figure it out, or would you look for another?
Brydon Lagoon is a beautiful natural setting in a city that is increasingly seeing more development and less preservation of its natural assets. Brydon Lagoon should be preserved as the natural benefit it is to the City. It should be considered the Lost Lagoon of Langley and staff needs to find some concrete solutions.
It is unacceptable to simply say, â€œitâ€™s cost prohibitive and we donâ€™t know how to fix the problem.â€ Brydon Lagoon needs to be brought back to its 29 year history of beauty.
Tony Fuller, Langley City