City inconsistent on watercourses

NANAIMO: Re: Municipalities support city’s ideas, Sept. 29.

To the Editor,

Re: Municipalities support city’s ideas, Sept. 29.

It’s good news that B.C. municipalities at the UBCM meeting voted in favour of Nanaimo’s resolution to ask the federal government to work with local governments to ensure that changes to the Fisheries Act will strengthen environmental protection for our watercourses.

However, Nanaimo’s initiative is not quite consistent with its practice of routinely reducing riparian setbacks (distance between structures and creeks, streams or ponds) from 15 metres to seven metres, when developers indicate it is inconvenient to meet current riparian regulations designed to protect our watercourses.

Jennifer O’Rourke

Nanaimo