Oversight Services Contract Approved
City Council approved the recommendation to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Oversight Services Contract to Associated Engineering for up to $4,333,994. Oversight Services Contract.
Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land
The City applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for a Right of Way for a Marine Outfall situated on Provincial Crown Land.
Canadian Navigable Waters Act - Notice of Application
The City of Powell River hereby gives notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.
The City was awarded $30,400,000 from the Government of Canada and $25,330,800 from the Government of British Columbia for a total of $55,730,800 in funding to build a new WWTP. The City's investment is $24,069,200.
Federal Government Warnings
The City received three separate warning letters from the Government of Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada about Powell River's failure to comply with regulations. It's the first time the City was notified by the federal government regarding contraventions with the wastewater system effluent regulations. Continued non-compliance could lead to fines of between $5,000 to $6 million a day.
An 80-page environmental impact study by the City's project consultants, Associated Engineering, was released on the outfall from the WWTP into the Georgia Strait (Salish Sea).
Council approved a consolidated WWTP that will bring the City into compliance with federal and provincial environment regulations. .
Initial Design Phase Funding
The City received $3.3 million toward the initial design phase of the WWTP. The Government of Canada contributed half of the full amount and the Government of BC provided a third. The City was responsible for the remaining 17 per cent of the cost, or roughly $680,000.
The City approved a location for the new facility, with $575,000 from the city’s sewer-reserve fund to go toward purchasing two 10-acre lots at and around the existing Townsite treatment plant and wastewater outfall.
As mandated by the provincial Ministry of Environment, City Council approved a consolidated wastewater treatment plan for submission to the ministry. A town hall meeting was scheduled to complete the public consultation plan.
Letter from the Government of BC Minister of Environment
A letter from the Government of BC Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, was delivered to the City. The letter read in part:
"I commend the city on its success in developing a comprehensive plan for the long-term management of solid waste. I am satisfied that the direction and the commitments in the liquid waste management plan are supportable and the public and first nations review and consultation process meets ministry requirements."