June 7, 2015

CRD Sewage events coming up 9-10 June
Privately-owned sites eyed by Eastside sewage group

CRD Sewage events coming up 9-10 June

June 9:
CRD sewage committee special meeting 9 June, 8am that focuses on two sewage treatment options: anerobic digestion and gasification:
- 8:00 - 9:30 Sewage Treatment and Anaerobic Digestion (Dr. Robert Simm Stantec):
- 9:30 - 11:00 Sewage Treatment and Gasification (Chris Corps & Laura Marcolini, President, Biowater Technology; Matt Hart, Director of Business Development, West Biofuels; Jack Gardiner, Wastewater Treatment Advisor)

- Westside sewage committee meets 9 June, 11:30am, CRD Boardroom. Agenda includes notice that in "the week of June 15, the Westside solutions team will be hosting media event where the prioritized list of sites will be released.":

June 10: 
Eastside Wastewater Information Session, June 10, 6:30pm-9pm, Belfry Theatrehttps://www.crd.bc.ca/about/events/event/2015/06/11/default-calendar/eastside-wastewater-information-session

- CRD sewage committee regular meeting 10 June, 9am with agenda items including "Harmonization of Federal and Provincial Municipal Wastewater Regulatory Frameworks".

Privately-owned sites eyed by Eastside sewage group

Victoria News
Jun 5, 2015

The Capital Regional District’s eastside sewage committee is looking for private landowners open to the idea of a wastewater treatment facility on their property.

Last month, the CRD’s Eastside Select Committee released a map of technically feasible sites for wastewater treatment. The maps are based on work done by Saanich and Victoria municipal staff and include areas with private properties.

Now, the committee wants to hear from landowners interested in partnering or selling their land for the wastewater treatment project.

“We want to make sure that private property owners – especially those within identified technically feasible zones – know we are still looking for properties that could work as a site for facilities,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, chair of the Eastside Select Committee.

“We’re interested in learning about both partnership and land acquisition opportunities.”

The CRD has been struggling to recover from its disastrous Seaterra plan, a $788-million project that included a wastewater treatment facility at McLoughlin Point and a biosolids facility at Hartland landfill. Esquimalt halted that plan in July 2013 when it rejected rezoning at McLoughlin, and the B.C. government subsequently refused to intervene to force rezoning.

The Eastside Select Committee is now interested in sites that correspond with zones identified through municipal processes in Saanich and Victoria.  These bubbles or zones are identified on a site map that can be found at crd.bc.ca/Eastside.

The zones include areas like Haro Woods, the Saanich core and pockets within the Quadra, Gordon Head and Shelbourne communities.

Private landowners within these areas are asked to respond by June 24 to eastside@crd.bc.ca with their input. The CRD will continue to receive public input until early July, and a full technical analysis of sites will begin this summer in an effort to select sites by the end of the year.

The province and federal governments have committed about $500 million towards the CRD’s secondary sewage treatment project, while any cost overruns will be the responsibility of CRD taxpayers.

See the map at crd.bc.ca/Eastside.