Environmental Concerns 2017-12-04T21:48:16+00:00

Environmental Concerns

Contamination of the Brookswood Acquifer

The Brookswood aquifer is highly vulnerable to contamination from surface sources and is heavily developed, meaning that the aquifer is nearing or at capacity to provide water without decreasing the water table.

The Little Campbell River itself is free of fish barriers in the Special Study Area and has wide, productive riparian zones. A decline in baseflow (water flow) will result in unfavourable stream conditions for fish species, including salmonids.   READ MORE >>

Damaged Salmon Spawning Grounds

The Little Campbell River (LCR) runs through the northwest side of the proposed development. Not only is the LCR one of the last intact watersheds in the Lower Mainland, but it is also the most productive salmon river in the Lower Mainland relative to its size. Currently the LCR supports runs of 6 species of Pacific Salmon, as well as the endangered Salish Sucker. Further downstream at the mouth of the river, the Semiahmoo First Nation rely on healthy salmon populations for their food security.

Species At Risk

The study area is potentially home to 22 species endangered wildlife. A June 2015 environmental report found 13 confirmed species but the timeframe given to complete the report did not allow for a complete study of these species.

Not included in this number, the study area also is home to many fungi and invertebrates, some of them also rare. These small, often overlooked, species are among the most important in the ecosystem. Thirteen taxa of species at risk are confirmed for the study area, two more are likely present. Forest patches showing this type of evidence of wildlife activity are highly valued resources for biodiversity.  READ MORE >>

Removal of Trees

This area is home to numerous 100-year-old trees. Some on A Rocha land (neighbouring the development area) are confirmed to be over 250 years old. It cannot be overemphasized how unusual it is to have complex forest structures with high densities of large trees within the lower mainland – the Hubs and Corridors identified in the study area have some “exemplary, rare, highly valuable forests that merit protection. Trees of this size are rare in the lower mainland.” These forests have a key role in extracting and storing carbon dioxide. The value of second-growth forests (in the study area) is not only for their present habitat condition, but also for the habitat value that will be gained as they age and develop.

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