SCCA News

There is an established array of scientific, social and economic reasons why the mid-elevation Mount Elphinstone slopes should be considered for protection under BC’s Protected Areas Strategy.

Presently three separate parcels of forests, totalling 139 hectares, make up Mt. Elphinstone Park. The SCCA believes it is time to move forward and create a contiguous mid-elevation park on the western slopes of the mountain. This important subzone is critically under-represented locally, regionally and provincially in BC’s protected areas system.

If you support the Mount Elphinstone Park proposal, please write to the Minister of Environment: Honourable Terry Lake, PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2 or email env.minister@gov.bc.ca.

Take our poll (lower left on the sidebar) and see our ad on page 23 of the Nov. 9 Coast Reporter.

Burnco Rock Products of Calgary is proposing a sand and gravel (aggregate) mine in the fan of McNab Creek, in Howe Sound.  They have submitted a project description to initiate the environmental assessment process, which will be coordinated by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The project would also need rezoning to an industrial land use. The rezoning application has been received by the SCRD and will require public consultation.

In order for Burnco Aggregates to process the material on site, a rezoning application must be approved of by the SCRD. Without the SCRD approval, the proposed mine could still go ahead and the processing could occur off-site.

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The proposed Narrows Inlet Hydro Project is a renamed and altered version of the Stilixwm Hydro Project put forth by Renewable Power Corporation of Gibsons B.C. It involves the drawing down of three high alpine lakes by as much as 45 meters and damming them to raise their levels by as much as 5 meters. It also will means boring almost 4 km of tunnels to access the lakes, building over 15 kms of new transmission lines, cutting penstock routes through two recently protected Goat Winter Range areas, drilling under another and working in close proximity to four more.

Read our submission to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for an overview of our concerns.

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The Fall 2012 issue of the SCCA's newsletter is now available and it's another 16 page edition!

Featured articles include the designation of mountain goat winter ranges, updates on Tzoonie Inlet hydro projects and the Burnco Howe Sound proposal, and detailed reports on four fisheries sensitives watersheds on the Sunshine Coast: Chapman Creek, Wilson Creek, McNab Creek and Dakota Creek.

Click our link below for a PDF version, or keep an eye out for the paper copies being distributed up and down the coast. Back issues of all our newsletters are here on this website under Publications.

Fall 2012 Newsletter