B.C. TAP WATER ALLIANCE
Caring For, Monitoring, and Protecting
British Columbia's Community Water Supply Sources

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The Unofficial, Interim Custodian, Advocate and Defender
of British Columbia's Drinking Watershed Reserves and those Community Watersheds not, or not yet so, Reserved



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MtnTap
Updated - October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 - Media Release
Edney Creek Fish in Jeopardy Following Mount Polley Disaster
- Alliance Urges BC Government and Imperial Metals to Redirect Edney Creek


September 26, 2014 - Media Release
Polleygate:
What Did They Know, And
When
Did They Know It?

September 25, 2014 - Media Release
Alliance Finds BC Environment Ministry Sediment Sampling of Mount Polley Mine Disaster Zone Woefully Inadequate: Ministry Stalls on Declaring Zone a "Contaminated Site"


September 1, 2014
The Mount Polley "Tailings Storage Facility":
Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery, 2009 - 2014


September 30, 2013 - Media Release
Alliance Reveals More Drinking Water Scandals
in New Big Eddy Report

(Download the Big Eddy report here)

August 30, 2013 -
Letter to BC Energy & Mines Minister Bill Bennett:
Critical Revisionary Implementations to Public Input of and Response to BC Hydro's August 2013 Integrated Resource Plan


August 30, 2013 - Media Release
B.C. Energy Minister's Public Response Plan
for BC Hydro's Future Planning Report

“Deficient and Unreasonable”
, Claims Alliance



June 4, 2013 - Letter to Revelstoke City Mayor & Council
(Re: Greeley Creek Watershed Reserve)

May 23, 2013 - THE BIG EDDY - New Report Preview
The Summer 2013 edition of the Watershed Sentinel (http://watershedsentinel.ca)
features a summary article on the upcoming report by the B.C. Tap Water Alliance
.
A pdf copy (1 M-byte) of the article is available on this link

March 21, 2013 - News Release
BC Liberals Caught Demoting Protected Status
of Community Drinking Water Sources

Click here for Backgrounders

February 27, 2013 - News Release -
 
Land Grab Rejected 24 Years Ago -
Resurrected in BC Liberals' Bill 8


January 28, 2013 - Letter to Sunshine Coast Regional District

No Timber Sales in the McNeill Lake Watershed Reserve
Click here for pdf and backgrounder

The BC Tap Water Alliance applauds the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s initiative to protect a Pender Harbour drinking water source, the McNeill Lake Watershed Reserve, from further commercial logging and disposition.

Watershed Reserves established under the Land Act, like Ecological Reserves, should not be included in the Provincial Timber Harvesting Land Base (sometimes referred to as the Working Forest) used to calculate the Annual Allowable Cut. The secretive inclusion of community drinking watersheds in the Timber Harvesting Land Base by the Ministry of Forests (newly established as a single-purpose agency) began in the early 1980s during the second Social Credit administration (December 1975 – September 1991). From the early 1980s to the advent of the Forest Practices Code in 1995, and to this day, Watershed Reserves have undergone numerous processes intended to conceal both their purpose and the reasons for legislative protection from commercial and industrial developments.

Although numerous NoTimberSales
investigations of this issue have occurred since the late 1990s, the BC Liberal administration (2001 and on) continues to defy logic and ignore the issue. BC Timber Sales continues to advertise timber sales in community watersheds, supported by controversial provincial legislation, despite ongoing protestations from communities throughout the province.

It is important for the Sunshine Coast Regional District to continue to take a strong and conscientious position on the protection of its community drinking water sources, not only because the protection of these sources was once the shining policy of the provincial government, stoutly defended by provincial health officers, but also because community watersheds are being ‘re-protected’. The sources of drinking water for more than half of British Columbia’s inhabitants (56%), both Metro Vancouver (1999) and Victoria’s (1994) watersheds, have been re-protected. Similar re-protection policies were recently invoked for Seattle’s drinking watershed in Washington State, and for Portland City’s in Oregon State. Protection for the remaining 44% of the population’s drinking water sources is a critical issue that needs to be raised and vigorously debated in the months leading to the next provincial election.

A report on McNeill Lake Watershed Reserve will be available shortly. In the meantime, we hope that BC Timber Sales will honour the Regional District’s legitimate concerns (as water purveyor) about industrial activity in local community watersheds and delete all proposed timber sales in the McNeill Lake Watershed Reserve.

Sincerely,Will Koop, Coordinator.