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REPORTING · 1st September 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Residents who are concerned about Riverbank Camping met at the Riverlodge on Friday, August 28th. Less than ten people showed up, including three members of Kitimat Council who were present in an unofficial capacity.

“It was just a general meeting for Reclaiming the River to show what we are looking at, getting questions and answers about what the public would like to see that’s happening down here at the river, camping wise and other things, and how we as a group could reach out and change things and make it more controlled, make it safer for the public and everybody to enjoy.” said Maryann Ouellet.

They are trying to prevent damages down at the river. They want to make sure people are disposing of grey water and sewage appropriately, rather than just letting it go. They want things to be regulated.

“Part of the town wants to see us get it blocked right off,” said Ouellet. “No access there at all. But I don’t think that is totally the answer, as Kitimat is growing, we need to expand on that.”

She suggested getting a campground further in and blocking off the ability to drive onto the river. She said if there is a campground, access can be regulated.

Their next steps are to gather information, reach out to the crown and the land holders. Reclaiming the River wants to get these people together to work together to improve things. They would like to get a questionnaire out to the public to see what they would like done with the river.

For further information on how you can help out or information on further meetings for this group, you can reach out to Ouellet at 250-639-6067.
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Comment by dave b on 1st September 2015
did not even know there was a meeting on this, would be nice to see a camp ground put in like ferry island , create a few jobs and user pay.