History of the CRD Wastewater Project
The CRD has an approved Liquid Waste Management Plan for the Core Area of the CRD that governs how we manage our sewage. In 2005 the CRD Board commissioned an independent study by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) to review our liquid waste practices. The report found that our increasing population would soon require increased treatment.
- Independent Scientific and Technical Review by SETAC (PDF )
- The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (2000) (48 mb PDF )
Correspondence with the Ministry
The CRD Board approved the commission governance model for delivery of the wastewater project. Read the Letter from Minister Stewart on governance, the Letter Addendum, the Business Case Addendum and more information on governance options.
On August 25, 2010 Barry Penner, Minister of Environment, approved Amendment 8 to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan. Read Minister Penner's August 25, 2010 letter to the CRD on Amendment 8.
On June 25, 2010 the CRD submited Amendment No. 8 to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP). Amendment 8 provides a revised system configuration for wastewater treatement in the region and includes environmental impact studies for the proposed facilities at McLoughlin Point and Hartland Landfill, environmental impact assessment work on the new outfall locations and a business case in support of provincial funding.
On December 14, 2009 the Capital Regional District submitted Amendment No. 7 to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP). Amendment No. 7 replaces 11 of the 17 chapters of the current LWMP and addresses the physical infrastructure model, selected resource recovery options, site locations, site assessments, results of environmental impact studies for each new discharge location, draft operational certificates for facility discharge locations, Class B detailed capital and operating costs, and public and First Nations consultation summary reports.
The Minister responded to and accepted the December 2008 progress report on February 24, 2009.
The CRD submitted a progress report on June 30, 2009.
The Minister of Environment and Minister of Community and Rural Development responded in August 2009.
- August 26, 2009 Letter from Barry Penner, Minister of Environment (PDF )
- August 27, 2009 Letter from Bill Bennett, Minister of Community & Rural Devel. (PDF )
The CRD submitted a plan on how to achieve certain objectives as requested by the Minister by June 30, 2008. This included a request for an extension on the submission of the next LWMP amendment to December 31, 2009.
- June 17, 2008 Letter to the Minister of Environment (PDF )
- CRD Plan: The Core Area Wastewater Management Program Development Phase Report (PDF )
The Minister responded and granted an extension:
The CRD submitted the next progress report, as requested by the Minister, on December 31, 2008.
The CRD began planning to upgrade wastewater treatment in the Core Area during the summer of 2006 and submitted an amendment to our Liquid Waste Management Plan in June of 2007:
The Minister approved the amendment in a letter dated December 14, 2007:
- December 14, 2007 Letter from the Minister of Environment (PDF )
- Staff report outlining the work required to respond to the Minister (PDF )
Subsequently, the Minister of Environment requested that we begin planning to upgrade treatment and submit an amendment to our Liquid Waste Management Plan.