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The proposed Narrows Inlet Power Project involves three lakes and four tributary watercourses at the head of Narrows Inlet in the Tzoonie River valley, which has significant wild salmon values.

Here are a few of the areas of concern identified by the SCCA:

  1. The lakes will be lowered up to 45 metres on an ongoing basis to generate power. As seen with the Tyson Lake siltation release, this has the potential to cause significant impacts to salmon and trout in the Tzoonie River and beyond.
  2. Two of the three lakes will be raised up to 5 meters causing flooding of the surrounding shoreline habitat.

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District is receiving public input on the new Source Assessment Response Plan (SARP) for the Chapman Creek drinking water watershed. The plan's purpose is to enhance the protection of drinking water in the Chapman watershed, recognizing that under current legislation, completely eliminating industry altogether is not an option.

The plan was developed by the SCRD and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in consultation with First Nations and other stakeholders.

This is a very important document, and the SCCA urges all interested citizens to read it. For further information:

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CchangeThere are very public debates over the Chapman Creek / Grey Creek watersheds in the Sunshine Coast and the potential Gospel Rock development in Gibsons. A UBC study is seeking input on these and other important environmental issues such as potential oil spills, flooding, and sea level rise as part of an international study called C-Change based out of the University of Ottawa. Researchers from UBC have interviewed community leaders on the Lower Coast as well as politicians and staff in the Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, and the Sunshine Coast Regional District and now they need your help.

Residents of the Sunshine Coast are invited to complete an anonymous online survey. Those providing contact information will be entered into a draw for ten prizes of $100 (contact info will be stored separately from responses). Community participation is essential to the success of this study and we invite you to share your opinions on both public environmental debates and possible risks to your community.

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Josh Paterson of West Coast Environmental Law, recently returned from a trip up the BC Coast to the beginning of the proposed Enbridge tanker route at Kitamaat Village (near Kitimat). His account of this trip is on WCEL's website.

WCEL is working to protect the BC coast from the threat of an oil spill and urges people who care about this issue, to register to speak briefly at the public hearings. The deadline to sign up is October 6, 2011. 

Enbridge public hearings will be held all around BC starting in January. This is our best chance, as British Columbians, to make sure that the federal decision-makers know we cannot accept the Enbridge pipeline and tankers. More on Tar Sands, Tankers and Pipelines, as well as many other environmental issues, is on the WCEL site.