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March 2015 Newsletter

March 12, 2015
Highlights:
  • Suzuki Foundation publishes Howe Sound report
  • Howe Sound Airshed
  • Spring Howe Sound Community Forum
  • The risks of no comment…

Suzuki Foundation publishes Howe Sound report

For the first time it has been estimated that the Howe Sound watersheds provide an estimated annual value of $800 million to $4.7 billion in ecosystem services.  The David Suzuki Foundation’s Environmental Economist Michelle Molnar has spent the last couple of years estimating…..
“the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the land and marine ecosystems and their uses within the region. Although many ecosystem services do not appear on the market, balance sheets or decision-making frameworks, they are essential for life, societal well-being and our economies. Breathable air, drinkable water, nourishing food, minerals and raw materials are just a few “ecosystem services”. Without understanding this value, critical natural systems could be lost at great cost to communities today and into the future. Understanding these values can set the stage for building an economy that maintains and cares for our world.”
The report Sound Investment-Howe Sound Ecosystem Assets is a comprehensive study of the region and …

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2015 Events for the Future of Howe Sound

Howe Sound continues to draw attention from news media around the world.  Squamish was named by The New York Times in their “52 Places to Go in 2015”; the L.A. Times article “A spectacular British Columbia road trip along the Sea to Sky Highway” describe in detail the stops along the way including the Sea to Sky Gondola;  the controversial sinking of The Annapolis off Gambier Island makes International Business Times News; and Howe Sound’s rare glass sponge reefs are being recorded by the National Geographic News.   These articles are reminders that spectacular Howe Sound, so close to Vancouver is as appreciated internationally as …

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The risks of no comment…

Wading through more than 12,000 pages of information to understand the complexity of mitigating risks and hazards is a lot to ask of the public.    The opportunity to state what concerns you about the Liquified Natural Gas processing and export facility (Woodfibre LNG), and the gas pipeline expansion (Fortis BC – Eagle Mountain Pipeline) project does not require you to have a technical background.  If you care for Howe Sound now is the time to express your concerns, or risk silence as being consent for a project that will affect the future of Howe Sound.

Here is what you can do:

1. …

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Burnco Gravel Mine Update January 2015

On December 16th, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office approved Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines for the proposed BURNCO Aggregate Project.   This is the final version of the document the public commented on over 14 months ago.

During the first public comment period to review the draft AIR, over 466 comments were …

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