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Plan forming to protect water
After several more contentious meetings regarding the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP), a strategic planning meeting held in the boardroom of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District had a more positive outcome.
Chair of the SLIPP steering committee, Electoral Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok, was pleased with the tone of the meeting and the outcome.
Demenok was particularly pleased with the presentation that took members of the steering committee through the water-quality monitoring process.
“I think people really understand the science and appreciate what needs to be done,” he said, noting there are concerns over the state of Salmon Arm Bay and Mara Lake and that Shuswap and Salmon rivers are the biggest source of nitrogen and phosphorous. “We’ve known about that for years but now we have the science, it’s not just conjecture. There are thousands and thousands of measurements being taken at different times of the year, at different locations.”
Demenok described the meeting as being very productive and constructive and one in which members were able to reach consensus on a number of important issues.
Input from the meeting will be used to create a preliminary strategic plan, which will be circulated to the members of the steering committee for final review and comment.
“This is my first meeting, it was very positive and I am very proud of it – we had a applause at the end of the meeting,” said the Area C director who took over as chair in June after Area F North Shuswap director Larry Morgan resigned as chair.
Mayor Nancy Cooper was also pleased with the meeting and its outcome.
She said there were a number of issues that needed to be aired and now that process has taken place, she sees the development of a process that the majority of people will support – particularly protecting water quality.
Members of the committee include CSRD directors Morgan, who did not attend the meeting, Rhona Martin of Area E Rural Sicamous and René Talbot of Area D Falkland-Silver Creek-Ranchero, Fraser Basin Council Thompson Region manager Mike Simpson, the mayors of Kamloops and Chase, representatives of the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations and Ray Nadeau, representing the public.