Even here in the rainy lower mainland, we can’t take water for granted.
The provincial government is now considering changes to the Water Sustainability Act. The revised act was discussed at the society’s March meeting. There is great concern about:
- commercial enterprises extracting millions of litres from Langley aquifers at no charge and then bottling and selling this resource
- numerous uncapped artesian wells that pump out water year round
- farming practices that still rely on overhead sprinklers
While the act may include statements about the importance of protecting our water sources, they are meaningless without regulations and enforcement personnel.
There was discussion about the need to ensure that all citizens be granted a set amount and that all withdrawals above this limit should come with charges to pay for enforcement and rehabilitation efforts.
The society will be holding a forum in the fall of 2014 to address these issues.
The Council of Canadian’s position
Water Sustainability Act Overview (28 pages)
Complete proposal (127 pages)
UPDATE: SRES was one of thousands of groups to receive a letter from Kinder Morgan lawyers who are seeking the narrowest interpretation of who can participate in the National Energy Board hearings into the company’s proposed pipeline. The Globe and Mail reported on it and a lawyer for Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation has responded.
The Salmon River Enhancement Society has written to the National Energy Board requesting intervenor status regarding the Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline through the Salmon River watershed.
Kinder Morgan Pipeline information
SRES requests intervenor status
It can be hard to know who’s out there. The Salmon River Enhancement Society has a number of sister organizations working on similar issues in the Township of Langley. Check them out.
Langley Environmental Partners Society — website, Facebook
Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society — website, Facebook
Derby Reach / Brae Island Park Association— website, Facebook
Langley Field Naturalists — website, Facebook
Little Campbell Watershed Society— website, Facebook
Nicomekl Enhancement Society — Facebook
Yorkson Watershed Stewardship Committee— website, Facebook