Drought only a partial reason for the turbidity issue

Dear editor,

Reading the paper Feb. 5 the Comox Valley health officer tells us we need a water filtration system for our water.

We do not now and never have needed a system to filter our water.

What is needed is the CVRD and the health officer to get their collective heads out of the sand and look at the actual cause of the turbidity in the lake water.

Yes, we had an exceptionally dry year and water flows were lower than expected, and yes that caused an increase in murky water. This is the truth but it is only a half truth. The truth is that certain logging companies have clearcut right to the water’s edge and there is nothing to hold back the hillsides from falling into the creeks and rivers flowing into Comox Lake. What is really needed is for the regional district and municipalities to recognize the obvious and complain to the source of the problem: that would be BC Forest Service, the department of the environment and the provincial government itself.

Did no one look at the pictures provided by the CAO of the City of Courtenay?

They were – some of them – published in the newspaper.

Did you not believe your eyes, and what the mushroom pickers, the fishermen and the hikers have seen in our watershed? No folks, the time has come to see this for what it really is, a cover-up to protect the logging companies and the government.

It appears this cover-up even extends to our local government officials. If you want to seriously solve our turbidity problem, get the logging companies out of our watershed, put in a deep water intake.That’s the intake that has been on the table for 50 years and still has not happened. Spending $50 million on a filter is not the answer. Let your MLA know that this is not acceptable. Do not let the bureaucrats feed you this B.S.

Rob McCulloch

Area B

 

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