Capital Regional District directors and staff will visit sewage treatment processing facilities in Europe next month as a way to learn more about integrated resource management strategies. File photo

CRD drops European wastewater tour

Integrated resource management committee narrowly approved the plan last week

A plan to send Capital Regional District directors and staff to Europe on a learning trip about wastewater management sank at the CRD Wednesday (Sept. 13).

“I think there was a feeling amongst the directors that it wasn’t necessary at this time and more work has to be done and more information gathering can be done without going to Europe,” said CRD director Nils Jensen, Oak Bay mayor.

The Capital Regional District’s integrated resource management (IRM) advisory committee Sept. 6 approved sending three CRD directors and two staffers to Europe to tour sewage treatment and biosolids processing facilities, as a way to learn more about IRM strategies.

The plan had to make its way through the environmental services committee earlier in the day.

“It had been completely replaced by the time,” Jensen said.

Instead, the CRD board voted to gather the kinds of information required.

“I’m really pleased the board accepted the shift. I don’t know that it took a lot of convincing,” said board chair Barb Desjardins, Esquimalt mayor. “They still needed to understand why and how the shift happened.”

One reason, she says, is they heard the concerns of constituents over the proposed trip. They went so far as to add an amendment that no travel would be considered.

“It assures the public that we’re into doing this now. We’re moving forward on the criteria and we thank you for your input,” she said.

“We have information we’ve gathered from the task force on IRM (integrated resource management) as well as the IRM committee,” Desjardins said. Staff will now bring all of that information forward and work with the consultant to bring forward a process to develop the criteria for the project to move forward as well as develop a request for proposals.

“We jumped right through the hoop saying staff you’ve got a lot of information let’s try and start sorting out the criteria,” Desjardins said.

The original idea was to discover projects that were clearly unsuitable and could be rejected quickly or major successes.

“That was the intent, to see it on the ground. But that wasn’t necessary at this point. We should be relying more experts than politicians who had a bit of exposure to information in a few reports and on the internet,” Jensen said. “That can be gathered from a whole bunch of sources including staff and the facilities in Europe and other parts of North America. It’s not going to slow the exploration of options is the bottom line.”


 

@OakBayNews
cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Real estate money laundering ‘deeply troubling’

Attorney General will investigate

Victoria Harbour most polluted on B.C. coast: study

City’s industrial past and more recently, pharmaceuticals, create high levels of pollutants

Watch for high winds today and tomorrow

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria. According to Environment… Continue reading

Beauty Day at Our Place a chance to rise above daily struggles

Annual pampering event draws women of all ages and circumstances

Victoria dog attacked by otters off Dallas Road

Off-leash dogs and wildlife can make for a poor mix, veterinary staffer says

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read