Bamfield Sewer Connection Community Interest Project

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Introduction

The ACRD and Huu-ay-aht First Nations are exploring the benefits, community interests, and process of connecting the community of Bamfield to Huu-ay-aht First Nations' new Wastewater Treatment Plant. There has been a growing concern over the health of the Bamfield Inlet and potential impacts on human health.

The Anacla Community Wastewater Treatment Plant is now operating and supports the vision of promoting the health and economic development of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, while also promoting the environmental health and stewardship of the local marine environment. The plant is currently providing sewer connections and processing to Upper Anacla village, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC), and the Bamfield Community School. This new treatment plant has the potential to further reduce the level of contamination in Bamfield Inlet, by expanding its treatment service to further limit the sewage being discharged into the ocean.

The ACRD has a goal this year to learn more about the level of support for a wastewater service in Bamfield. This process will assess the community’s level of interest. Thank you in advance for your interest and input.

Please note that this page provides a basic overview and an initial input opportunity, and further information and engagement details will be made available throughout this process.

What we've heard so far

As first step in this learning process the ACRD hosted an early input opportunity on the project’s dedicated project page. If you would like to learn what we heard, please check out the summary document at the link below.


Key features of HFN’s new wastewater treatment plant include:

Enhanced water quality: Advanced technologies can significantly improve the quality of treated wastewater before it is released back into the environment. This improves protection of local water bodies and aquatic life.

Compliance with regulations: The new facility has been designed to meet or exceed relevant environmental regulations and standards set by provincial and federal authorities. This commitment to compliance helps safeguard the natural beauty and ecological balance of our region.

Sustainable practices: The wastewater treatment plant incorporates sustainable practices to minimize its environmental impact. It includes energy-efficient systems and water recycling processes.

Capacity for growth: The new wastewater treatment plant has been designed to accommodate additional capacity helping ensure the community’s wastewater needs can be met more effectively in the long term.

Currently residences and businesses in Bamfield rely on septic systems, with some properties depositing sewage into the Inlet. Septic field replacement costs are increasing and are expected to be a considerable cost as systems begin to fail. For these reasons, the ACRD Board passed a resolution to explore the level of support for bringing the benefits of the wastewater plant into the community of Bamfield.

Next steps – your input is important to us

Thank you to those who participated in our early input opportunity. We have summarized what we heard from the early input opportunity and the input received during the Community Planning Workshop and Open House on November 9, 2023. The 'What We Heard' Report can be found in the background documents on this project page.

We understand the importance of keeping the community informed and engaged as this process moves along. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be providing more information on what we learn about this process, its potential benefits, and drawbacks, how decisions will be made, and we will keep this project page updated as we learn more. This page will be the project’s central resource.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements through local community channels, social media platforms, and this dedicated project page. Your input is critical to this process and we thank you for your time and input.



Introduction

The ACRD and Huu-ay-aht First Nations are exploring the benefits, community interests, and process of connecting the community of Bamfield to Huu-ay-aht First Nations' new Wastewater Treatment Plant. There has been a growing concern over the health of the Bamfield Inlet and potential impacts on human health.

The Anacla Community Wastewater Treatment Plant is now operating and supports the vision of promoting the health and economic development of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, while also promoting the environmental health and stewardship of the local marine environment. The plant is currently providing sewer connections and processing to Upper Anacla village, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC), and the Bamfield Community School. This new treatment plant has the potential to further reduce the level of contamination in Bamfield Inlet, by expanding its treatment service to further limit the sewage being discharged into the ocean.

The ACRD has a goal this year to learn more about the level of support for a wastewater service in Bamfield. This process will assess the community’s level of interest. Thank you in advance for your interest and input.

Please note that this page provides a basic overview and an initial input opportunity, and further information and engagement details will be made available throughout this process.

What we've heard so far

As first step in this learning process the ACRD hosted an early input opportunity on the project’s dedicated project page. If you would like to learn what we heard, please check out the summary document at the link below.


Key features of HFN’s new wastewater treatment plant include:

Enhanced water quality: Advanced technologies can significantly improve the quality of treated wastewater before it is released back into the environment. This improves protection of local water bodies and aquatic life.

Compliance with regulations: The new facility has been designed to meet or exceed relevant environmental regulations and standards set by provincial and federal authorities. This commitment to compliance helps safeguard the natural beauty and ecological balance of our region.

Sustainable practices: The wastewater treatment plant incorporates sustainable practices to minimize its environmental impact. It includes energy-efficient systems and water recycling processes.

Capacity for growth: The new wastewater treatment plant has been designed to accommodate additional capacity helping ensure the community’s wastewater needs can be met more effectively in the long term.

Currently residences and businesses in Bamfield rely on septic systems, with some properties depositing sewage into the Inlet. Septic field replacement costs are increasing and are expected to be a considerable cost as systems begin to fail. For these reasons, the ACRD Board passed a resolution to explore the level of support for bringing the benefits of the wastewater plant into the community of Bamfield.

Next steps – your input is important to us

Thank you to those who participated in our early input opportunity. We have summarized what we heard from the early input opportunity and the input received during the Community Planning Workshop and Open House on November 9, 2023. The 'What We Heard' Report can be found in the background documents on this project page.

We understand the importance of keeping the community informed and engaged as this process moves along. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be providing more information on what we learn about this process, its potential benefits, and drawbacks, how decisions will be made, and we will keep this project page updated as we learn more. This page will be the project’s central resource.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements through local community channels, social media platforms, and this dedicated project page. Your input is critical to this process and we thank you for your time and input.



  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This early input opportunity was available in August, 2023 but is now closed. Please see the "What We Heard" report linked above and in the Background Documents that shares what we have learned to date.  

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Page last updated: 24 Nov 2023, 04:08 PM