Premier of the Province of British Columbia: Don't Destroy Marshall (Providence) Lake
The province intends to destroy Marshall Lake. They've already drained the lake, and the damage to the shoreline ecology is horrendous. The dam has not been decommissioned, and as long as it is intact, the lake will restore itself - we need your support. NOW. Sign and share this petition, join the Marshall Lake Stewardship Group on Facebook, contact the Minister responsible, make your voice heard. Please.
****New information has been uncovered showing that there is a comprehensive mining plan for the Marshall Lake - Phoenix area. A National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report was published on July 18,2012. This comprehensive report is a detailed assessment of the geology of the mining claims in that area - which are all owned by one company. The report indicates that there are precious metals under and around Marshall Lake. The government has never said a word about this activity and interest, nor has the company that owns the claims. We discovered it on our own, and believe that the lake stands in the way of planned future mining activities around the lake. Please help us stop this.*********
We need your support! Help us stop the province of BC from destroying Marshall Lake.
Marshall (Providence) Lake is located in the Boundary Region - high in the hills between Grand Forks and Greenwood in British Columbia. A rock filled dam increases the size of this natural lake from 2.64 to 6.5 surface ha. The dam has been in place since the 1950s, and has never had a single problem. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources has the licence for the water and the dam - and since the Testalinden Dam breach in 2010, the Fish & Wildlife dept has been working to transfer the licence, or decommission the dam. We've now passed the July 13 deadline to take it over. The province wants to decommission the dam, poison the sunfish in the lake, and effectively destroy this beautiful piece of our wilderness. Greenwood supports keeping the lake, but does not have the ability to take on the responsibility for it.
I believe that this lake is worth saving - and I know that other people feel the same way.
The Province of BC took over this dam in 1984, and has proven to be a neglectful manager and owner. The dam has not been maintained or kept it up to safety standards, and now it needs $135,000 of work to meet those standards. They have neglected it for many years, and are now trying to simply get rid of it, rather than do the work that they should have done all along. We are trying to convince the government that people care about this lake, and want it to remain as it is.
Marshall Lake is a beautiful recreation spot, with a Forestry Recreation campground and picnic area on its shore. A network of cross country trails surround it, and a downhill ski operation is nearby. The lake is an important part of the wilderness/recreation complex at Phoenix, used year round by residents and tourists. People fish here for rainbow trout (it is stocked each year) in all four seasons. We have few accessible lakes in our area - we can't afford to lose any of them. Marshall is valuable also as a reservoir for forest fire operations, and may have potential as a source for small scale power production. It currently supplies water for irrigation and agriculture for at least one farm.
Please have a look at the "Marshall Lake Stewardship Group' on Facebook, where you will find photos, information, discussion and documents we have posted, tell and add people that you think would be interested - this is not an issue that is limited to Greenwood, or even just the Boundary Region - it's symptomatic of province-wide trends and actions that threaten the fabric of our communities and our environment. Join us, and lets make a difference, one small lake at a time. Please sign our petition. Thanks.
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