Chapman Watershed Must Remain Protected

A bogus petition calling on the BC Minister of Environment to remove lands from the Tetrahedron Provincial Park and enable further development of Chapman Lake is circulating in our community. This request is an unfounded, misleading non-starter.

The Tetrahedron Provincial Park Master Plan includes a requirement for comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) when a new activity is proposed in a park. The EIA is required to protect the priorities for which the park was established. In this case, drinking water source area protection. Increased drawdown from the Chapman has never been contemplated as a long term solution for our water supply system.

We agree completely with the minister’s 2019 decision to maintain full protection of this watershed and we support the SCRD’s successful work to develop new source areas. We are thrilled that the Church Road well will come online and reduce our long term water deficit by 50% in early 2022.

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