As the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food, I work on farming issues around the province. Often this work is covered extensively by local media but does not get as much coverage elsewhere.
The article below by Roger Knox and reprinted from the Vernon Morning Star is one example. My colleagues and I have repeatedly raised this matter in the BC Legislature and we are continuing to work actively on this file.
Township water issue attracts visitorsBy ROGER KNOX
March 29, 2016 · 2:13 PM
They've been putting pressure on the B.C. Liberal government during Legislature sessions to do something about the quality of drinking water in Spallumcheen.
On Tuesday, a trio of NDP MLAs had a first-hand look at what they’ve been asking questions about.
George Heyman (Vancouver-Fairview), Lana Popham (Saanich South) and Scott Fraser (Alberni-Pacific Rim) visited Spallumcheen, where a water quality advisory was issued two years ago for the Steele Springs Water District, private well users and Splatsin Band members who use the Hullcar aquifer as its main water source after high nitrate levels were recorded.
A large dairy farm operation above the aquifer has been identified as the “likely” source of the contamination, caused by the spraying of liquid manure.