Security in Riot Gear Protecting Contractors at Cayoose Creek Campground

by Wendy Fraser / West Coast Native News

Photo Credit: Linda Francis

Photo Credit: Linda Francis

Parts for the District of Lillooet’s water intake structure began arriving by truck at the Cayoosh Creek Campground this morning.
The District says four truckloads containing sections of the structure are expected to arrive today.  The Lillooet News was taken on a tour of the construction site this morning by the District’s Public Works Department.

Two major pieces of the intake structure, shown sitting side-by-side in this photo, will be installed side-by-side in Seton River. Each of the concrete installations measures approximately three metres by four metres. The intake will be submerged in the river and will not normally be visible in the river, except when the top of the structure can be seen during low water, the News was told by a Kan-Arm Contracting representative. Workers from Kan-Arm returned to the site today following the Environmental Appeal Board’s Mar. 6 ruling that allows work to proceed on the intake in Seton River.
The District is proceeding with the construction at its own risk, pending an Environmental Appeal Board hearing on the merits of Sekw’el’was’ (Cayoose Creek Indian Band) application to stop the project.
The Appeal Board ruled that the intake project is not likely to damage salmon spawning habitat in the river; however, the EAB also expressed concern about the lack of consultation and notification to Sekw’el’was prior to the District beginning construction on the project in January.

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