Rowers make their way across Elk Lake at sunset. The Capital Regional District invites the community to come out and learn about how to get involved in supporting the watershed management at Elk/Beaver Lake. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

CRD hosts public forum to discuss water quality at Elk/Beaver Lake

Toxic bacteria and invasive aquatic plants among the water quality issues

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is hosting a public information session and forum on July 31 to discuss the watershed management plan for Elk/Beaver Lake.

Community members are encouraged to come down to the Greek Community Hall on Elk Lake Drive to learn about water quality issues, share ideas and find out how to support the watershed plan.

The lakes are part of a regional park and the area is heavily used by locals and tourists. However, according to the CRD website, the water quality at Elk/Beaver Lake was deemed to be an issue back in the 1960s and has continued to decline.

The CRD says toxic cyanobacteria is present in the water, the fish habitat needs to be improved and the invasive aquatic plants need to be controlled. Substances from local farming and forestry have also affected the water quality at the lake.

READ ALSO: No more scum at Elk Lake: CRD

READ ALSO: CRD increases patrols in parks for the summer as more people head outdoors

In response to the water quality issues, the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) was formed and it’s members include the District of Saanich; the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Island Health and the CRD.

Lake staff also formed a group in 2016 to manage their collaborations with the IWG and other affected parties.

The July 31 public information session will begin with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation from the CRD from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Free parking is available at the hall.

For more information about the Elk/Beaver Lake Initiative, visit the CRD website.


@devonscarlett
devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Victoria student out $600 for lack of e-bike insurance blames confusing rules

B.C. regulation says e-bike motors must turn off if rider stops pedalling, or bike must be insured

Health Canada suspends Island pot producer’s licence following unannounced visit

Evergreen Medicinal Supply is working on “corrective action”

Saanich police ask for public’s help locating missing high risk youth

The 12-year-old was last seen before school on Monday morning

Flat tire, kindness of strangers, surprisingly inflate hope

Sooke mom and her daughters knocked on door of Bob and Norma Saunders seeking help

Sealand was much more than killer whales, says ex-employee

Former Sealasd trainer revisits Sealand of the Pacific in talk

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Most Read