Chapman Water Expansion
Our organization has a long record of bringing scientific, legal and policy advice to the watershed governance conversation on the Sunshine Coast.
The SCCA was born out of the successful campaign to protect the headwaters of the Chapman Creek Watershed within the Tetrahedron Provincial Park in 1997. Since then, we’ve worked consistently to protect the public’s right to control activity in our watersheds and manage them strictly for the purpose of providing safe, clean drinking water.
A defining moment for the SCCA was in the summer of 2007, when logging in the Chapman sparked a public uproar, with residents blockading logging roads and staging large demonstrations. In response, the SCCA initiated a citizen's public health complaint, which led to a series of ground-breaking legal actions – in partnership with the SCRD and West Coast Environmental Law.
Around 2012, a new threat emerged as the Coast began experiencing prolonged droughts in the summer months, which affected water levels in Chapman Lake. By 2015, the looming “water deficit” had reared its head as the SCRD enforced Coast wide emergency water restrictions for nearly six weeks. In 2017, we once again reached critical Stage 4 drought levels. In response, SCRD directors pressed forward with an ill-informed plan to remove Chapman Lake from the heart of the Tetrahedron Provincial Park to convert the lake into a drinking water storage reservoir.
The SCCA initiated another public campaign. We entreated the Province to stop the project and protect the Park and encouraged the SCRD to focus on conservation and source diversification. We engaged NGO allies from across BC including the CPAWS, The Wilderness Committee, Federation of BC Mountain Clubs, and worked with our MLA, Nicholas Simons to make our case to BC Minister of Environment, George Heyman.
Finally, in early 2019, Minister Heyman made his decision to reject the request to take land out of the Tetrahedron Provincial Park. The Minister reinforced our message to the SCRD encouraging it to continue researching alternative solutions beyond the use of Chapman Lake, to improve the existing water supply system.
Updates on the Chapman Water Expansion
BC PARKS OPEN HOUSE – THURSDAY MAY 24th As part of BC Parks consultation process, they are hosting another Open House to get input from our community on either revoking the Tetrahedron Provincial Park’s Class A status, or removing Chapman and Edwards Lake from the Park in order to build the Chapman Water Expansion Project. …
Concerned about the proposed draw-down of Chapman Lake? Please join us at the SCRD Board meeting this Thursday, where they’ll be re-evaluating the controversial proposal to blast a water draw-down trench into Chapman Lake in the Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Thursday, February 8th 1:30 pm at SCRD offices: 1975 Field Road It’s important to attend this …