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#981 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 July 2022 - 05:27 AM

A water master plan that includes nearly $2 billion in potential water infrastructure projects over the next 30 years has been approved by the Capital Regional District’s Water Supply Commission.


The commission voted to support the document to guide future water-supply planning, and recommended the CRD board approve it as well.


The master plan includes an infrastructure program to improve the water supply and transmission system and add redundancy to critical components to address hazards and risks.


While most of the commissioners were on board with moving the plan forward following a public engagement process that wrapped up earlier this year, Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt said he was uncomfortable with advancing the plan, given the Malahat First Nation had requested more time to consider it and provide feedback.





#982 Spy Black

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Posted 21 July 2022 - 05:50 AM

The Malahat First Nation, going by the borders of their own map, have nothing to do with the watershed, and 95% of the watershed is outside of their claimed territory.

This means that what the Malahat First Nations thinks or wants is irrelevant to the regions water supply plans.


More likely at the root of this "request for more time to consider" from the Malahat First Nation is the $2 billion dollar figure being tossed about, and leveraging hereditary land claims to try and steer a portion of that $2 billion into Malahat First Nation coffers.


As well, Isitt knows regional growth is constrained by the current water supply, so of course he'd like to see the current supply set as a hard limit for the centuries to come, thus ensuring regional growth can't happen.

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#983 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 August 2022 - 06:49 AM

Rainwater almost everywhere on Earth has unsafe levels of ‘forever chemicals’, according to new research.


Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of human-made chemicals that don’t occur in nature. They are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in the environment.


They have non-stick or stain repellent properties so can be found in household items like food packaging, electronics, cosmetics and cookware.





Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 August 2022 - 06:50 AM.


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