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My concerns are the following:

1. The land in question is a floodplain. It has flooded in the past, and it will flood again. The environmental impact of developing this land, in terms of the following concerns, has not been adequately addressed.

2. The drainage through this area supplies water to the Arn Canal. Any development in this area could affect the viability of the salmon habitat, especially that of young salmon fry.

3. The surface water in this area seeps into the ground and recharges Pemberton's groundwater system, the source for Pemberton's single well. Again, what will the environmental impact be on our drinking water if this land is developed?

4. The biodiversity in this area is greater than in many other areas of Pemberton. Where are the multitude of species that inhabit this wildlife corridor going to go? To name just a few that I've observed or heard in the past week: frogs, bats, a mother bear and her two cubs, an  adolescent bear, at least 11 species of wood warblers, a western tanager, and evening grosbeaks. For example, on May 16 the adolescent bear was scared out of his day bed by the surveyors and ran through Meadow Lane Townhomes at about 1:30 p.m. in 30-degree heat.

This is not Brazil or some other third-world country, where money is might. It is Canada, and this is not what I would expect to happen in Canada. My 28 years with Environment Canada have sensitized me to the vast destruction of wetlands in our country, and taught me the value of leaving this type of habitat alone. If you have any conscience or influence, I would appreciate it if you would have a discussion with Silverthorne Development/BC Rail and raise my concerns. If not, it would appear that my Valley Vision is not your Valley Vision.

Peter Brooksbank

Pemberton

Where’s the logic?

Earlier this month a huge number of Pemberton citizens and the majority of council decided that with the current housing market there was no need at this time to develop land within the village and voted NO in a democratic process to rezone a B.C. Rail property.

This area has become a rich ecosystem that housed an overwhelming number of species, including birds, frogs and bears. On Thursday, May 18, the neighborhood watched in horror as excavators tore down trees during nesting season and flattened the property. My 4-year-old son reacted as if he was kicked in the stomach; he has yet to fully grasp the cruel intentions behind this devastation.

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