2004 BELCARRA AQUIFER STUDY
In April 2002, the Environmental Affairs Committee hosted the first Belcarra Aquifer Forum to raise awareness about groundwater. The regional Hydrogeologist for WLAP was the keynote presenter at the forum, and provided an excellent overview of the “workings” of groundwater movement and wells. It’s worth reviewing the Belcarra Aquifer Forum material posted here on this website.
In June 2004, the Environmental Affairs Committee hosted the second Belcarra Aquifer Forum to introduce a multifaceted approach to the development of a potable water supply strategy for Belcarra. The first facet of the strategy focuses on the hydrological aspects of the groundwater supply in Belcarra. (Other facets include: community education, conservation, protection from contamination, etc.) To pursue this strategy, Council funded a study by SFU student Melissa Holt under the direction of Dr. Diana Allen, Ph.D., Professor of Hydrogeology at SFU. (Dr. Allen has previously conducted groundwater studies for Hornby Island and other similar locations.)
The first phase of the study, conducted during the summer of 2004, focused on developing a conceptual model of the Belcarra Aquifer and the associated subsurface hydrogeology, and involved the following aspects:
On March 7th Melissa Holt presented the results of the 2004 Belcarra Aquifer Study (4.8 MB) to a joint meeting of Belcarra Council and the Environmental Affairs Committee. Some of the conclusions from the report are as follows:
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