Water watchdogs oppose Shawnigan dump proposal
One company that wants to dispose of fill off Stebbings Road will have a chance to make its case at a public meeting Thursday night in Shawnigan Lake.
The Shawnigan Creek Protection Association is opposing the plan, President Steve Eldridge said the proposed site is not a good location.
“What we are fighting is the placement of it, being right in the headwaters of Shawnigan Creek, and if there any issues with the containment of this material it will reach into the watershed and the lake within minutes because it is located right beside the Shawnigan Creek, which is the main supply of water to Shawnigan Lake.”
He believes South Island Aggregates would be putting water quality in question and told SunFM News that the plan may seem sound now, but fears the implications down the road.
“There is no reason to believe that the engineering that they are proposing right now will work, in 50 years, we may look back and say that was the wrong thing to do, and I don’t want to personally be answering to generations to come why we would let this happen in the actual main watershed, the drinking supply for so many thousands of people.”
Representatives from South Island Aggregate are expected to present their plan at the Thursday night open house at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
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