City asked to oppose Trans Mountain pipeline Council will likely receive and file the request, but on Monday it will be asked to take a stand on the TransMountion pipeline. The City of Victoria has opposed the pipeline, which would run from the oil sands to Burnaby and is asking Prince George to do the same. “Through earlier engagement with our citizens leading up to the opportunity to speak as an intervenor, we heard overwhelming opposition to the proposed pipeline from our citizens,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a letter. “Many expressed strong concerns about the increased potential for shipping accidents and oil spills. Our communities are located in one of the most biologically rich and diverse bioregions in North America. Our extensive marine shorelines and coastlines encompass several sensitive ecosystems that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of an oil spill. The natural environment is very important to residents in the region, providing economic and social benefits, shaping our community’s identity and supporting sectors such as tourism and recreation.” Drowning victim identified The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a fishing incident near Williams Lake on July 31. He was Shane Colebank, aged 35, of Williams Lake. In the early morning hours of July 31, Colebank was one of a group of people fishing with dip- nets in the Fraser River near the Xats’ull Heritage Site Road. About 1:30 a.m. he slipped and fell into the river. He had a rope tied around his waist, but when his companions tried to rescue him, the rope broke, and he was swept away down the river. Searches at the time found no trace of Colebank. On the afternoon of Aug. 5, a tour guide taking a group of the river spotted Colebank partially in the river about three kilometres north of Dog Creek. The guide notified authorities, and Colebankès body was recovered, deceased, from the river. The BC Coroners Service continues to investigate this death.
Briefing Room
As a result of prolonged dry conditions along the coast, the province is urging water users in the Skeena and Nass regions to voluntary reduce water use by 30 per cent. The area is currently experiencing Level 3 hydrological drought conditions, which call for voluntary water-use reductions of 30 per cent from all surface-water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural and industrial users. Ministry staff are closely monitoring river and well levels and may upgrade the drought level if the weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply. Residential, agricultural and industrial users within municipalities and the regional district are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws. Water users are also encouraged to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures. Further reductions in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks. Ministry staff will continue to monitor conditions, work closely with local governments and key stakeholders, and provide updates as the need arises. Should conditions continue to deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers. The new Water Sustainability Act contains new tools to manage water use during times of scarcity, including authority for all households to access a basic amount of water for essential household needs, protection of crucial environmental flows for fish and ecosystems, and regulation of groundwater withdrawals that may affect streamflows.
Drought conditions hit Skeena and Nass areas
Water Conservation Tips At home: Limit outdoor watering. Don’t water during the heat of the day or when it’s windy. Consider planting drought-tolerant vegetation. Take shorter showers. Don’t leave the tap running. Install water-efficient showerheads and toilets. On the farm: Implement an irrigation-scheduling program using real-time weather data. Schedule irrigation to match crop needs and soil storage capacity. Improve water-system efficiencies and check for leaks. Focus on high-value crops and livestock. For industry: Reduce non-essential water usage. Recycle water used in industrial operations. Use water-efficient methods and equipment.