FallWinter 2016


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

The FallWinter 2016 Sproat Lake Community Group Water Test

FallWinter 2016,  testing for E.Coli and Total Coliforms is scheduled for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016. At a discounted group rate of $45 per sample. Maxxam Analytics Laboratories’ water sample bottles and requisition forms are continually available, for testing, at the ACRD office at 3008 Fifth Avenue, Monday to Friday 8:00 am ‐ 4:30 pm. This has been a popular program offering the community the opportunity to test water filtration systems and lake sources, wells, etc. It is always advisable to treat or boil unfiltered raw water sources.

The SLCA held group tests on May 19th, 2016. Results from 22 tests were, one positive test for e.coli and nine tests clean of all bacteria. Some tests were submitted to check the performance of the filtration and others were to test for raw water results from lake and wells. These tests are a snap shot of the water at the time of the test. For further information on water testing, contact Penny Cote at 250‐724‐5040.

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SLVFD)

FallWinter 2016

Sproat Lake Fire Department

The SLVFD members are training in fire rescue, ongoing at the Fire Training Site. Some significant improvements have been made at the fire halls, including a new air bottle filling station installed at Harold Bishop Fire Hall. Members are advising residents to check their chimneys to ensure they are clean for burning this fallwinter 2016 season. The SLVFD visible address signs initiative is progressing well in the community.  However,  some homes are still difficult to locate (ie. older faded address signs)! Remember, if we can’t find you, we can’t help!! Clear driveway access is also important for fire and rescue trucks to respond to emergencies. Contact us at 250‐724‐1777 and leave a message or send an email to if you would like information on the SLVFD or to purchase a reflective sign.

FallWinter 2016

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Fighters

ACRD has Applied for the 2017 Woodstove Exchange Program

Exchange your old, uncertified woodstove (pre‐1994), for a new CSA‐EPA emissions‐certified wood, pellet, or gas‐heating appliance and save $400! Smarter burning, cleaner living. Receive a $250 rebate and a $150 retailer discount at participating retailers. This offer applies to residents of the Alberni‐Clayoquot Regional District and if successful, will be available early 2017. If approved, the rebates will be available on a first come/first served basis. For further information, visit the ACRD website at

Air Quality

In times of air inversions, it is advised that persons with chronic underlying medical conditions, infants, elderly, and those who have diabetes and lung or heart disease should postpone strenuous exercise.  And stay indoors in air‐conditioned spaces to reduce fine particulate exposure.
Voluntary emission reduction actions in rural areas are encouraged. In times of air inversions, it is advised to avoid the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless it is the sole source of residential heat. Where woodstoves or fireplaces are the sole source of residential heat, use only CSA/EPA emissions approved wood‐burning appliances, well‐cured wood, and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air. Avoid backyard burning. Real time air quality information can be found at Contacts are Earle Plain, Air Quality Meteorologist, Ministry of Environment (250) 751‐3171 and Valerie Wilson, Vancouver Island Health Authority Communications (250) 739‐6303. Acceptable air quality is everyone’s right and protecting air quality is everyone’s responsibility!

Sproat Lake Community Pickleball Continues at the Sproat Lake Community Hall!

A number of men, women and mixed groups, novice and competitive, played outdoors on the two new pickleball courts this summer and continue to play indoors throughout the fallwinter 2016 months.
Once again, an amazing group of community volunteers stepped up and installed new lighting, which enhances play in the hall. For more information on how to join a group or make up a group of your own, call Linda or John Bowers at 250‐724‐3626. Help can be provided to acquaint beginners with the rules and use of the hall.

The improvements and construction of these pickleball courts showed true community spirit and volunteerism. THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your generous commitment! Sproat Lake Community Hall is “feeling the love” as it experiences daily use by residents. This has contributed to community interest in renovations and improvements including upgraded overhead lighting, 75 new comfortable chairs and planning for future washroom renovations.

FallWinter 2016 Sproat Lake Parks Commission (SLPC), with assistance from the ACRD, is in the development planning stage for trail expansion on Lakeshore Road and Faber Road. A trail plan will be sent for approval from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and then requests for proposal will be issued tentatively for spring 2017. Sproat Lake parks and trails are well used by residents and visitors alike. If you are interested in volunteering for the SLPC, please call Joe Lamoureux, SLPC Chair, at (250) 723‐3001 or (250) 724‐4663 or email

Great Central Lake “Shoreline Cleanup” Sproat Lake “Clean Beaches, Clean Water”

Garbage and Abandoned Wharves are a Continuing Problem for the Community
Illegal dumping has been a long‐standing concern in the Alberni‐Clayoquot Regional District. Thanks to many volunteers who cleaned up shoreline debris during the Sproat Lake “Clean Beaches, Clean Water” and, new this year, Great Central Lake “Shoreline Cleanup” events! Over 16 kilograms of illegally dumped material was recovered and disposed of appropriately to the Alberni Valley landfill from the beaches of both lakes in this joint community effort.

When you replace an old wharf, 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. Annual clean up efforts alone are not enough to protect our water and environment.

FallWinter 2016

Great Central joined in with the annual lake clean up day!



FallWinter 2016

Annual Beach Clean up day on Sproat Lake.









Report illegal poachers and polluters by calling 1‐877‐952‐7277 (RAPP), Cellular #7277 or report a violation on‐ line at the Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) website at .

Emcon’s FallWinter 2016 Roads Plan is to prioritize snow plowing/clearing for highways first and for other roads second this winter. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises travelers to check the Drive BC and BC Highway Cams website at where you can view highway conditions, traffic, and weather information at a glance. You can also report a highway problem on this website. Keep in mind that winter tires are required from October 1st to March 31th!

The ACRD is nominating the look‐out point along Highway 4 at Sproat Lake, with a view of Battleship Island on Taylor Arm, as a Provincial heritage site to rejuvenate this existing Stop of Interest as one of the Province‐wide initiatives. This site is the only large pull off/rest stop along Sproat Lake, with a view of Taylor Arm, in the south bound lane. There were requests this summer to clean up garbage and human waste due to a lack of washroom facilities and garbage collection at this site. These were passed along to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Emcon Services.

A Block Watch Program is endorsed by the Sproat Lake Community Association (SLCA) Directors for all Sproat Lake residents interested in a program for their neighborhood. Please contact Penny Cote at 250‐724‐5040 or for an Overview. How to Run a Block Watch, Responsibilities, Mapping, Program Dynamics, Safer Communities with Property Identification, Home Security Tips and much more. Information on the Block Watch will be available at the SLCA Annual General Meeting in the spring of 2017.

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Testing will be offered for e coli and total coliforms at a discounted group rate of $45 per test ‐ including tax and shipping ($60 plus tax and shipping value) on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, FallWinter 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 ONLY, 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, November 14th, 2016.

Water test samples are to be taken MONDAY MORNING, in provided sample bottles, kept cold and delivered with requisition forms and payment of $45 cash or cheque (payable to SLCA), to the Sproat Lake Community Hall on MONDAY, November 14th 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 an additional cost. For further information, go to their website at .
For further information call Penny at 250‐724‐5040 or email at .

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