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

Summer 2017 Sproat Lake Newsletter: Sproat Lake Community Association’s Group Water Test

Testing for E.Coli and Total Coliforms is scheduled for Monday, June 26th at a discounted group rate of $48 per sample. Maxxam Analytics Laboratories water sample bottles and requisition forms are continually available for individual testing at the ACRD office at 3008 Fifth Avenue, Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 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.

Water test results from the November 14th group testing found from 20 tests; five positive tests for E.Coli and seven tests clean of all bacteria. Some tests were submitted to check filtration performance and others were to test for raw water results from the lake and wells. These tests are a snap shot of the water at the time of the test.

ACRD Sproat Lake Marine Patrol is back for the summer. Four students are hired and will be attending the Sproat Lake Provincial Park boat launch assisting visitors and residents. Boat checks are offered as well as life jacket loaners from the Kids Don’t Float program. Be sure to give the crew a wave as they patrol the lake ensuring safety for all. SLMP summer contact cell phone are 250‐735‐ 2563 and 250‐735‐2564. Be water wise this summer!

Summer 2017 Sproat Lake Newsletter –Alberni Valley Regional Airport

The long awaited reopening of the Alberni Valley Regional Airport, after the 7.5 million runway extension and lighting installation, is very near. As you may have seen, there have been landings made through special arrangements only (as construction still continues). There are plans to have a grand reopening event in early August 2017, please visit the ACRD website

for updates!

Photo courtesy of Tony Shumuk.

Flood damage of Sproat Lake homes is still being realized by many. The flooding of November 2016 resulted in millions of dollars in damage to residents’ homes and property. EMBC assisted at a community meeting and provided valuable information on how to assess the damage. They also offered emergency assistance to those who qualified. The ACRD is working with West Coast Aquatics, and other organizations, to apply for funding to complete a hydrology study and remediation work to alleviate future flooding in the area.

Summer 2017 Sproat Lake Newsletter — Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SLVFD)

advises the community that clear driveway access is important for fire and rescue trucks to respond to emergencies!

Contact them 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 address sign.

Remember, if we can’t find you, we can’t help!!

The Sproat Lake Firefighters Association is now promoting WASP Gutter Mount Sprinklers and Brackets; designed to help protect a home or structure from wildfire. The design easily gets water to the rooftop where needed to help defend the home from wind blown embers prevalent during wildfire emergencies. The Nelson brand agricultural grade sprinkler head is rated up to 33ft/10.5m spray radius depending on water pressure which may vary depending on household. The sprinkler head is one tenth the weight of standard brass sprinkler heads is non‐impact conserving water and able to work with very low pressure. Also excellent as an all around sprinkler for home and garden use.

The kit contents: 2 Gutter Mount sprinklers with 2 sprinkler brackets and 2 sets of 25’ Lay‐Flat Forestry Grade Hose. Fence/Fascia Brackets easily installs to allow deployment on fences or structures without gutters. The kit price is $139 dollars payable to the SLFA ‐ Sproat Lake Firefighters Association. For more information or to purchase contact:

It is strongly recommended to keep your gutters clear of debris and your property clear of fuel sources in close proximity to the actual structure. See BC Homeowners FireSmart Manual at‐ firesmart.pdf .

The Coastal Fire Centre is encouraging the public to exercise caution when doing any outdoor burning. Open burning Category 2 restrictions are in place, so you can’t have a fire bigger than 1/2 metre by 1/2 metre and it must be attended at all times. Almost all wildfires that start at this time of year are human‐caused and are therefore preventable. Homeowners and industry personnel are encouraged to visit the Wildfire Management Branch website to consult the B.C. FireSmart manual and take precautions. Watch for fire bans this summer.

Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) training has been provided by SLVFD Deputy Fire Chief, Rick Geddes, for community volunteers this spring. It is one of the most critical resuscitation programs for someone who suffers a cardiac arrest, which is supported by evidence provided by the BC

Ambulance Service. Survival rates dramatically increase up to 5 times the rate before the AED program. There will be an AED available at the Sproat Lake Community Hall for public use. If you are interested in taking the training, please call Penny 250‐724‐5040 or

Dog Mountain Update:

The first phase of Hupacasath salvage operations on Dog Mountain was completed and over 20,000 seedlings were planted, with about 7,000 cedar and the rest Fir. Hopefully deer browse on the cedar is not a problem as protectors were not placed on them. There was no sign of deer after fire but they could move back in and start browsing. We have another cutting permit for an additional 2,000 of burnt timber that was amended into the salvage, which will be wrapped up in the next 2 weeks. Planting here will begin next spring or fall. There are approximately 6 logging truck loads of good hemlock waste to sell. There is a small economic venture for some small cutting permits to chase a few trees, so the roads will be deactivated once complete.

Alberni Valley Community Forest is getting dry fast! We are in high fire hazard so everyone needs to be careful when spending time in the forest. All harvesting activities are complete for the summer on the north side of Sproat Lake. There is road building up at Sutton Pass on south side of Taylor River and plans to start harvesting up there when road building is complete. All cutblocks, which have been harvested, have been planted, so all areas in community forest that are fully restocked. We are working on some trails in the community forest in cooperation with other recreation groups in the valley.

ACRD Woodstove Exchange Program for 2017: It is time to 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. Rebates are available on a first‐ come first‐serve basis. Further information and how to apply visit the website.

Air Quality: 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 Parks Commission has the approved trail expansion plan from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for Lakeshore Road and Faber Road. Cougar Smith Bike Skills Park has received a rebuild and is ready for use by the bike enthusiasts! Sproat Lake parks facilities and trails are very well used all year long by residents and visitors alike and must be used with respect at your own risk. If you are interested in volunteering for the SL Parks Commission, please call Joe Lamoureux, SL Parks Chair, at (250) 723‐ 3001 or (250) 724‐4663 or email .

Summer 2017 Sproat Lake Newsletter– Sproat Lake Community Pickle Ball at the Sproat Lake Community Hall in full swing. There are a number of men’s, ladies’ and mixed groups, novice and competitive that plays outdoors on the two new pickle ball courts. For more information on how to join the groups and find out established games dates and times ‐ or want to 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. Much appreciation and gratitude goes to the many community volunteers for the construction of these pickle ball courts and continued coordination of this organization.

Alberni Valley Regatta Association’s 2017 event commences with the ‘Boat and Car Show and Shine’ on Friday night July 14th between 4:00 and 8:00 pm at the Blue Marlin Hotel. Test and tune racing on Saturday July 15th and full racing on Sunday July 16th at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park. We wish all the boaters a safe and successful event! For more info call Greg at 250‐730‐0272 or

Invasive Species are an increasing problem in the community. If you identify an area at Sproat Lake with potential invasive species of plants or animals, please direct inquiries or sightings to your regional committee; Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast ‐ Coastal Invasive Species by phone at 250‐857‐2472 or by email at or visit the website at .

The SLCA endorsed Block Watch Program is forming in four Sproat Lake neighborhoods! Please contact Penny Cote at 250‐724‐5040 or for an overview on How to Run a Block Watch, Responsibilities, Mapping, Program Dynamics, Safer Communities with Property Identification and Home security Tips and much more.

Tseshaht Market began construction of a sani‐ station for public use located at the rear of the store with a paved resting area for RV’s. The sani‐ station will also be incorporating a “Rain Garden” benefiting both the people and the natural environment! Keep watch for the opening, which is planned for later this summer.

Abandoned wharves, styrofoam and garbage violations continue to litter our community shoreline. If you are replacing 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. 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.

A reminder that boating and camping season is here! Anyone camping or enjoying day trips on the lake or in the back country, use the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ rule. Please keep our beaches and community clean! Thank you to all the volunteers and residents that care and make this a wonderful community to live in!


Testing will be offered for e coli and total coliforms at a discounted group rate of $48 per test ($60 value) on MONDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2017. 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, June 26th, 2017.

Water test samples are to be taken MONDAY MORNING, in provided sample bottles, kept cold and delivered with requisition forms and payment of $48 cash or cheque (made payable to SLCA), to the Sproat Lake Community Hall on MONDAY June 26th 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, 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 is expert in water quality and water system management. They offer complete water testing that can be added to the SLCA Group Bacterial Water Tests. For further information go to .

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For more information on the water test or anything else in this newsletter, please call Penny at 250‐724‐5040 or email .

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