Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sewer Agreement with Pacific Rim National Park

On March 6,2010 funding was announced for the new sewer system in the park that will tie in to Tofino's system yet from the minutes of the council minutes posted below it would appear that as of January 11,2011 there was still no agreement between Parks Canada and Tofino....this was months after the pipes were in the ground....go should be noted that Parks Canada has told Tofinonews that they wouldn't send any effluent our way until we have a treatment plant.....please write in if you can clarify this situation or if you can recall a council motion to accept sewage from the Park..

Date: 2010/03/06

Byline: Keven Drews
Feds to Spend $3.3 Million In Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

UCLUELET — The federal government is pumping more than $3.3 million of stimulus funding into Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

James Lunney, Conservative MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, announced Saturday the money will help repair the roof and entrance ramp of the Wickaninnish Beach Interpretive Centre and install a new sewer and water line to the Green Point Campground and visitor facilities at Long Beach.

The sewage and water line will tie into the District of Tofino’s services.

“These projects will bring numerous positive outcomes to the region for years to come,” said Lunney.

“As the member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, I am very pleased to be here to see these events that [are] making a difference in our beautiful, fabled park.

“These upgrades will serve the community and visitors for many years to come.”

Along the West Coast Trail, Parks Canada will use funds to build a new bridge at Sandstone Creek.

On southern Vancouver Island, the federal government will spend an additional $500,000 at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Parks Canada will use the money to upgrade the roof of a washroom facility and sewage infrastructure at both sites.

In total, the federal government is spending more than $3.8 million.

Kim Seward-Hannam, superintendent of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, said the park is excited about the announcement and ready to spend the money.

“You will be seeing some changes over the summer and the fall. Of course, it’s always a delicate balance when you’re trying to do some major construction projects and welcome 800,000 visitors over a season here,” said Seward-Hannam.

She said some of the sewer work can take place later in the season.

Tofino Mayor John Fraser said the sewer and water facilities at Green Point will tie into municipal services through the recent sewer-and-water expansion to Esowista, a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation community at Long Beach.

He said there will be no additional capital costs to the municipality, and Tofino could get some “late comers fees” on the project.

“They’ll pay a user fee like everybody else that’s in the system,” he added.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve was established in 1970 and draws more than 800,000 visitors a year.

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