Maple Ridge News, May 6, 2017,
Re: Parties percolate on clean water (The News, April 28).
I attended two all-candidates meetings, one in Whonnock and one at Maple Ridge city hall, which highlighted the importance of water issues.
The effects of Tantalus Pharmaceuticals on the available drinking water for the affected residents on the Grant Hill aquifer (Whonnock,Thornhill and Ruskin) was the subject of both meetings, along with the protection of groundwater.
What has become clear is that no level of government has accepted responsibility for the inappropriate placement of this facility on ALR land on a vulnerable bedrock aquifer.
Blame and responsibility have been shifted from one level of government to another as though their part played in the placement had nothing to do with them.
It is discouraging at best to realize that the residents have been ping-ponged back and forth without out any level of government admitting that their flawed decisions have the potential of seriously impacting the affected communities.
B.C. Assessment has already devalued area properties by 20 per cent because of the location of this facility.
It is the residents, who tirelessly, individually and collectively, brought this concern to the fore.
The residents paid for a highly respected hydrogeologist to review the original hydrology report.
They met with the federal MP, both provincial MLAs and consistently with city staff and mayor and council.
Since 2015, residents had frequent contact with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources to ensure consistent monitoring of water extracted by this facility.
It was the residents who fought for themselves and continue to do so.
When the water and infrastructure the residents paid for is gone, collective heads will turn away and leave the affected residents who had no say in this decision, high and literally dry.
No one is developing half of the Coquitlam nor Seymour watersheds.
Betty von Hardenberg