The residents of Shawnigan are fighting a proposal contract that would allows 100,000 tonnes of toxic soil to be dumped each year for the next 50 years, near Shawnigan Lake. Shawnigan Lake provides clean drinking water to over 12,000 residents. If Shawnigan Lake and Sooke lake share an aquifer, both Island water reservoirs may be at risk. A SPN contact reports that 20 barges are on their way, many from DND. We have not confirmed this information; additional information is in the Resources section below. Ministry response has been, well, nothing at all.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]This short video is an updated call to action to oppose an approved permit for a contaminated soil site in a quarry in the headwaters of the Shawnigan Lake watershed. The lake provides drinking water for over 12,000 people and any leeching of the toxic materials from the site will contaminate the lake and destroy the drinking water source.
Resources (will be expanded as SPN received the links and information)
- Email ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca and visit www.TheSRA.ca for more information.
- Backgrounder from Andrew Weaver, MLA
- BCNDP Leader John Horgan questions Clark gov over contaminated soil dump in Shawnigan Lake watershed (Video)
- Shawnigan Water org
- BC Government Factsheet: South Island Aggregates application (April 15, 2013)
- Minutes from a CRD Regional Water Supply Commission meeting (June 17, 2015)
We welcome all links, information and press releases and will happily add them to this list.
Partial Extract From the CRD Regional Water Supply Commission June 2015 meeting (referenced above):
The Regional Water Supply Commission directed staff to report on the potential impact of the South Island Aggregates (SIA) facility on the water supply in Sooke Lake Reservoir in light of new information considered during the BC Environmental Appeal Board process.
The BC Ministry of Environment issued a waste discharge permit to South Island Aggregates in August 2013 to accept and store contaminated soil at an existing quarry/landfill site at 460 Stebbings Road in the Goldstream Heights area of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. The landfill site is located within the catchment of Shawnigan Lake and is approximately 5.5 km east of Sooke Lake Reservoir and 2 km east of the Goldstream Water Supply System (Butchart Lake Reservoir) in the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area.
… While there is some uncertainty regarding a groundwater connection between the SIA site and Sooke Lake or Goldstream reservoirs, given the known information of the other necessary factors to complete such a pathway, staff conclude that the level of risk to water quality is very low, resulting in no impact to Greater Victoria drinking water supply.