BC Parks and SCRD get a letter from West Coast Environmental Law about infrastructure expansion at Chapman Lake
"We write ... to enquire about the legal basis for a proposal to expand water infrastructure into Tetrahedron Provincial Park. It is our position that the proposed water infrastructure – which apparently would include blasting and trench building to build a permanent pipeline through the park – cannot be accomplished under BC’s existing protected areas legislation and is therefore illegal."
Read the full letter from West Coast Environmental Law here.
- Last Updated: Friday, 23 September 2016 06:57
CALL TO ACTION:
PROTECT THE PARK AT THE HEART OF OUR WATER SUPPLY
URGENT: The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association Needs Your Help to do 2 Things:
1. Stop the SCRD from borrowing $5,000,000 for the Chapman Water Supply Expansion Project until they have proved to regulators and the public that the project won't degrade our drinking water source area. Sign and submit a Elector Response Form by July 26th.
2. Help us get a real conversation going about our water supply, before massive spending occurs.
The following information/articles are intended to help inform your decision to oppose the borrowing, and facilitate the conversation about diversification of our water supply.
- Chapman Lake Water Woes Editorial in SCCA Newsletter.
(Download a digital copy of our full newsletter here)
- Chapman Expansion Summary
- What is this Alternative Approval Process (AAP)?
- Counter Petition ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM
- Opinion of sitting SCRD Director, Lorne Lewis
How to stop the SCRD from borrowing $5,000,000 for the Chapman Water Supply Expansion Project?
The SCRD is seeking taxpayer's permission to borrow $5,000,000 through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP). If 10% or more electors state their opposition to the AAP, the SCRD may not borrow the money (without proceeding to a vote to get elector's permission). To defeat the AAP, we need 1,888 elector response forms to be submitted to the SCRD by July 26th.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET 1,888 SIGNATURES.
Here's how you can help ...
1. First and most importantly, please fill out and submit an Elector Response form. You can access and print a form here. The forms must be completely filled out and delivered to the SCRD office at 1975 Field Road (top of Road) in Wilson Creek by July 16th at 4:30 pm.
2. Ask your neighbours, friends and family to fill out and submit an opposition form.
3. Share this Call to Action on social media and with your networks.
4. Write a letter to the SCRD expressing your views on the issue, and send a copy to the editor of the newspaper.
The SCCA is also setting up locations where you can pick-up, sign and leave the Elector Response forms for your convenience. All forms will be picked up from these locations on July 25 and delivered to the SCRD office on July 26:
Gibsons: Gaia's Fair Trade, 287 Gower Point Road
Sechelt: Sechelt Visitor Centre, 5790 Teredo Steet (in Seaside Centre)
Pender Harbour: TBA
And at upcoming SCCA Outreach booths:
Sunday, July 10: Halfmoon Bay Country Fair, Coopers Green Park
Tuesday, July 19th: Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons
- Last Updated: Friday, 23 September 2016 07:02
SCCA Files 13 Fisheries Sensitive Watershed (FSW) nominations
FSW nominations for the Bren, Brittain, Deserted, Homathko, Orford, Sakinaw, Skwawka, Southgate, Theodosia, Toba, Tzoonie, Vancouver and Wilson watersheds have been filed with the shíshálh, Tla’amin, Klahoose and Xwémalhkwu First Nations and also with the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MoFLNRO).
FSW designation is one possible first step towards recognition and restoration of the region’s largest salmon producing watersheds. Read the rationale for FSW designation here. You can view the relevant information attached to each nomination by following this link to our Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds page.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July 2016 23:05
BC initiates Implementation Planning for two coastal at-risk species
An Implementation Planning process for Marbled Murrelets and Northern Goshawks has been initiated by the Province. The first consultations with stakeholders and the public have been completed. The purpose of this process is to protect suitable habitat for these two species and satisfy provincial obligations under the federal Species At Risk Act (SARA).
The SCCA has made a submission to the Implementation Planning Team which you may view here. As well, we have published a briefing note for advocates: Law, Policy and Marbled Murrelets in the Sunshine Coast Forest District.Click here to view this document.
Currently, the SCCA has 50 Marbled Murrelet Wildlife Habitat Area nominations in process. View overview maps of these nominations here.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July 2016 23:14