Victoria, BC– Capital Regional District (CRD) Board Chair Nils Jensen announced today that he will chair the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC). A Standing Committee of the CRD Board, the CALWMC’s mandate is to oversee and make recommendations to the Board regarding the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan and certain aspects of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (CAWTP) or Seaterra Program.
“Identifying solutions for wastewater treatment is a significant priority for the CRD and will be a collaborative process,” said Chair Jensen. “I am in the process of meeting with mayors across the region and am proposing a summit of Core Area mayors, where we can discuss how we will reconcile our unique interests and collectively take the necessary steps to meet Federal wastewater treatment regulations and the Provincial order to implement sewage treatment. Federal and Provincial funding is contingent on meeting these requirements. As timing is critical, I will also be asking for meetings with BC’s Senior Federal Minister, James Moore, as well as Premier Clark and Minister Polak.”
Under the new CRD Select Committee Framework, the communities of Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Esquimalt and Songhees Nation are working together through the Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee to engage citizens and put forward options for wastewater treatment that meet the unique needs of their communities. An engagement and consultation campaign with westside residents in developing wastewater treatment options is currently underway. The first open house was held on December 16 and five more will be hosted throughout the westside communities in January 2015.
“The development of these select committees is part of the overall process in finding an accepted solution to wastewater treatment and a parallel process for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay could be brought forward soon,” said Jensen. “I have already been in contact with Director Helps and Director Atwell on this issue.”
The CRD is responsible for formulating one final Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan and managing the financial contributions from senior levels of government. Provincial requirements state that the approved CALWMP must be implemented by an independent body, in this case the Seaterra Commission.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
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