Legal implications to discharge

Save Our Lakes cautions City of Vernon over potential ramifications of discharging treated effluent into Okanagan Lake

It would be a wise move on the part of the current politicians to study the result of the Supreme Court decision on the case brought against the City of Vernon regarding the release of treated effluent into Okanagan Lake.

It is obvious from newspaper reports that the group set up to study possible discharges have no idea that the court’s decision is still binding and that discharge is not something they can decide upon without stringent conditions and control.

Save Our Lakes took the case as far as the Supreme Court and the City of Vernon was instructed on the conditions which must be adhered to, so we suggest before any more discussions take place, that all participants be instructed thoroughly on the terms of reference they can use in their discussions.

Richard Rolke’s article in The Morning Star should also be read quite apart from the legal implications.

We, as two of thousands, cannot imagine how intelligent people who are currently in control of this area’s future could treat this valuable resource as a “get rid of it down the pipe commodity.”

A few dollars may be saved now, but as the city grows, they simply will not be able to fill the water needs of the inhabitants or the land.

Alan Hill and Gyula Kiss,

Save Our Lakes