The bunker-like inlet of the Glover Mountain Falls Drain, nestled on the lower slope of the escarpment

Glover Mountain Falls Drain

Water/Sewershed:
Davis Creek tributary stream
Red Hill Creek watershed

Construction Details:
2m diameter RCP, with a series of fall chambers to drop the drain down off of the slopes of the escarpment and into the Davis Creek ravine.

The Glover Mountain Falls Drain was built with an incredibly large inlet structure designed to keep forest debris from entering the drain. Located just downstream of the seasonal Glover Mountain Falls, the inlet gives the impression of a well-fortified keep, or perhaps something out of Jurassic Park. It should be noted here, and the photos below will illustrate the point, that the structure does a fairly mediocre job of blocking debris, as a whole pile of large detritus has accumulated inside, including automobile tires, large branches, and various plastics, necessitating a second debris gate over the opening of the drain pipe itself.

Inside the drain, water passes down a never-ending series of waterfall shafts, ranging from 2 to 5 metres in height, one of which lacked a properly situated ladder and eventually turned us back. We knew from our reconaissance that it goes through the Gershome subdivision, then down another series of waterfalls, outfalling through a well-gated little concrete opening into a heavily-vegetated ravine nestled in the side of the Red Hill Creek Valley.

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