Polley Lake water test results expected this week

The CRD reports that the water samples taken in Quesnel Lake Aug. 10 meet federal drinking water guidelines.

  • Aug. 15, 2014 11:00 a.m.

The latest water samples taken at the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond spill into Quesnel Lake continue to show negative impact on fish and drinking water states the latest update from the Cariboo Regional District this morning as follows:

1. Water samples taken on Aug. 10, 2014, from Quesnel Lake near the mouth of Hazeltine Creek have been tested and confirm all samples continue to meet provincial and federal drinking water guidelines.

2. Additionally, rainbow trout toxicity test results show water collected from Quesnel Lake near the mouth of Hazeltine Creek on Aug. 5 and 6 was not toxic to rainbow trout.

3. Test results are expected this weekend from MoE water samples obtained from the discharge point of Polley Lake into Hazeltine Creek, as well as results from sediment samples collected from the tailings pond breach area and Hazeltine Creek.

4. Residents and local businesses in Likely and the surrounding area are on the road to recovery, particularly with the removal of the majority of the drinking water advisory.

In spite of the tailings pond incident, the Cariboo region boasts world-class attractions and outdoor experiences. Many people in the area have their own story to tell, some of which are highlighted here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/sets/72157646376255866/

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address and investigate the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to continue testing local water samples, to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents, and to assist with recovery efforts in the region.

Please note, this will be the last regular fact sheet update.

Investigations and regular water sampling and testing will continue, and any new and important information will still be communicated to the public as needed via news releases or other methods.

Local MLAs, the Conservation Officer Service (COS), BC Parks and Ministry of Environment (MoE) staff will continue to deliver and post information packages in Likely to update residents on the current situation as new information becomes available. This can be found in a number of locations, including the Valley General Store, Canada Post Office bulletin board, Likely Lodge Diner, Cedar Point Provincial Park bulletin board and the museum.