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Highlands Residents for Clean Water support Shawnigan Residents Association

Highlands Residents for Clean Water - MEDIA RELEASE

March 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Highlands Residents for Clean Water support Shawnigan Residents Association on March 3rd, 2014 EAB Hearings

Protecting island watersheds drinking water movement is becoming a wider aquifer problem when dots are connected

Victoria, B.C. - The Highlands Residents for Clean Water, a volunteer group faced with similar concerns, are adding their support to the Shawnigan Residents Association's battle to preserve their watershed from a contaminated soil facility permit approved by the Ministry of Environment that may dangerously affect the quality of drinking water in their community. Similarly, Highlands residents are concerned that harm may be done to the local watershed including Thetis Lake and underlying aquifer through the land filling of contaminated dredgate from the Esquimalt Graving Dock remediation project.

"Will we ever learn - jeopardizing our drinking water by placing toxic materials in our watersheds is bound to come back to bite us. No membranes can be guaranteed over the long, long term. Many toxic materials remain potent for a long, long time. Do we not intend to live here for the long term? We must learn that our watersheds must not be violated for short term financial gain. We must learn to be wise," says Bob McMinn, member of the Highlands Residents for Clean Water group.

"Water is no ordinary element - water is sacred and it is life. We need to work together to protect it for future generations of all people, plants and animals," adds Darlene Sanderson (Cree), co chair and concerned resident of Highlands Residents for Clean Water.

The Highlands group will show its support of the Shawnigan Residents Association at the Environmental Appeal Board hearings on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am at 747 Fort Street.

For information contact: Ted Woynillowicz @ 250 727 8827 or Darlene Sanderson @ 250 598 0032

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