Spring-Summer Newsletter 2016




Published by Penny Cote – Sproat Lake Director – Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District



Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SLVFD)

Watch for fire department members in the valley May 13th to the 19th as the Alberni Valley will be hosting the British Columbia Fire Training Officers Association (BCFTOA) Annual Training Weekend and Conference! There will be multiple facilities used throughout the valley as well as in Nanaimo and Comox. Throughout the week, fire fighters and officers from across BC, will be engaged in conferences and training scenarios at either North Island College, Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel, Alberni Valley Multiplex, City of Port Alberni Fire Hall, Beaver Creek Fire Hall and Cherry Creek Fire Hall.  Our own fire fighters will have great opportunities to take part in most events where they will acquire greater skills, which will benefit our community.  If you happen to be driving by, you might just see some of our fire fighters at one of these facilities!


The SLVFD address signs are progressing well – but there are still some homes that are difficult to locate (ie. older faded address signs)!  Remember, if we can’t find you, we can’t help!!  Contact us at 250-724-1777 and leave a message or send an email to if you would like to purchase a sign.


The Alberni Valley Community Forest (AVCF)

The AVCF has submitted our Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) renewal and it is now posted on our web page. The updated FSP is submitted according to the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA).  It has a five-year term and contains maps of each Forest Development Unit and the results and strategies designed to meet legislated forest management objectives. The updated FSP contains text edits, clarifications to several results and strategies including community watersheds, and an amendment to late free growing dates.


The public may review the updated FSP with the associated maps between April 7th and May 9th at the AVCF Office, 7500 Airport Road, Port Alberni.  Please call 250-731-7377 to arrange a viewing time.  The plan can also be viewed online at

A public open house will be held on Monday, May 2nd from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm at the AVCF Office (at the airport). The AVCF Manager, members of the Board of Directors and the planning forester will be available to discuss the updated FSP contents with interested parties.


Sproat Lake Community Hall Sees Continued New Life With Pickleball!

A group of residents continue to play pickleball in the Sproat Lake Community Hall daily. There are a number of men’s, ladies’ and mixed groups that are playing in the hall and soon will be playing outdoors as the tennis courts are being resurfaced for summer outdoor play. For more information on how to join the game, call Linda or John Bowers at 250-724-3626.


Garbage and Abandoned wharves a continuing problem for the community.

If you are replacing an old wharf this spring-summer, please ACT RESPONSIBLY!! It is illegal to dispose of old wharves on Crown land and the Province may charge removal to the owner! Please have old wharves disposed of in an environmentally safe and sensitive manner. Clean up efforts are not enough to protect our water and environment. Thanks to many volunteers in 2015 who cleaned up the shoreline of dispersing Styrofoam pellets and debris on Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake.


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For more information call Penny at 250-724-5040 or email .





Testing will be offered for e coli and total coliforms at a discounted group rate of $42 per test ($60 value) on MONDAY, MAY 9TH, 2016. Bottles and requisition forms are available for pick up at the ACRD office, 3008 Fifth Avenue, Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. OR for THIS TEST, they can also be picked up at the Tseshaht Market at 7585 Pacific Rim Highway or at Sproat Lake Landing during business hours until Monday, May 9th, 2016.


Water test samples are to be taken MONDAY MORNING, in provided sample bottles, kept cold and delivered with requisition forms and payment of $42 cash or cheque (to SLCA), to the Sproat Lake Community Hall on MONDAY May 9th between 9:00 am and 11:00 am to be transported to the Maxxam Analytics, North Island Labs (NIL) in Courtenay. Early cooler drop off is available by calling Penny at 250-724-5040 or email for instructions.


This is a great opportunity to test water systems and filtration from lake sources or wells, etc. If you do not have a filtration system on your drinking water, you are advised to boil your drinking water, as it is a raw water source. Water test bottles and requisition forms are available all year at the ACRD office during office hours Monday to Friday for individual testing and delivery to Maxxam Analytics NIL in Courtney or Nanaimo.


Maxxam Analytics NIL are experts in water quality and water system management. They offer complete water testing that can be added to the SLCA Group Bacterial Water Tests for $170. For further information go to .


For further information call Penny at 250-724-5040 or email at .

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