2001 – 2017: Drinking Water Protection

The SCCA believes that the public has a legitimate right to control activity in our watersheds and manage them strictly for the purpose of providing safe, clean drinking water. 

In the summer of 2007, the resumption of logging on public lands in the Chapman Creek watershed after a fifteen year hiatus sparked a public uproar, with residents blockading logging roads and staging demonstrations. The SCCA initiated a citizen's public health complaint, which led to a series of ground-breaking legal actions.

Defending clean drinking water, August 2007. Photo © Junco Jan
Defending clean drinking water, August 2007. Photo © Junco Jan

Public concern also grew in early 2008, as it became clear that the Sechelt Community Forest planned to log in the Chapman and Gray Creek watersheds. In March 2008, following representations by the Sechelt Indian Government to the provincial government to protect the Chapman and Gray watersheds, the Community Forest was removed from the watershed.

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These were the latest rounds in a thirty-year plus history of conflict over industrial activity in the Chapman Creek watershed, but this is not the only controversial watershed in the Sunshine Coast Forest District. Other current friction points include the Waugh Lake watershed near Egmont, and the Jefferd Creek watershed (PDF) near Powell River.

The SCCA has been extensively involved in the protection of our public drinking water. We are currently producing a history of the Chapman Creek Watershed (PDF), which is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2008.

Updates on Drinking Water Protection

Chapman Watershed Must Remain Protected

By Holly Neate | 20 November 2021

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. …

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Drought and Drinking Water

By Holly Neate | 20 August 2021

Diversification of drinking water sources, protection of source area ecosystems, and environmental flows are crucial for the long term sustainability of the local drinking water system. The Sunshine Coast is experiencing drought. Again. Lawns are brown, farms are suffering, streams are dry and fish are stranded. A week after the IPCC declared Climate Code Red, …

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