Glade Creek Water intake during flooding, May 2006. This flood was not recorded in the hydrology report commissioned by the logging companies.
This slide on an old haul road goes right down to Glade Creek. It is not included in the hydrology report as it occurred after the report was written. The licencees have stated that this is not a reason to commission a new report.
The GWPS has corresponded with the Forest Practices Board and researched their reports and complaint investigations. In October 2018 a Forest Practices Board Investigation Complaint was submitted.
The complaint asserts that both licencees (KLC and ATCO) are not meeting the government’s Community Watershed objectives, or the strategies of their own FSPs. This is in part because the assessment that they are accepting as having met the requirements of their strategies is incomplete, outdated, and by the author’s statements, does not meet its own objectives.
Under the management system of professional reliance, both licensees agree that the Apex report is satisfactory for their FSP strategies and is valid for a 10-year span. The community of Glade feels that there are a number of serious concerns about the report.
The FPB has communicated to us (May 1, 2019) that they will be discontinuing our complaint investigation. They will be releasing an investigative report of the process and reasons for that conclusion.
The value that the forest adds to the health and welfare of all life is paramount and how we care for the elements of nature that provide us with these benefits should be foremost in our actions. This value is as important as or, or even more important than, economic gain, for without the forest ecosystems we cannot flourish. Water is the priority – our forests that produce that water is our priority. Water is life and without clean water, nothing can live. Glade Watershed Protection Society, Glade, Castlegar, West Kootenays, British Columbia, Canada