5th August 2016
EDITORS NOTE: This was originally posted on this website in June, 2016. I am bringing it forward again because there are several events occurring with the student who prepared the paper, PJ Bell.
The first is on August 7th, 1:00 p.m. - Ladysmith Legion; the second is August 8th, City of Port Alberni Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
A CASE STUDY OF THE CHINA CREEK COMMUNITY WATERSHED
by PJ Bell
This study was initiated in response to concerns that logging in the China Creek Community Watershed was negatively impacting water quality in Port Alberni, B.C.
The aim of this study was not to provide an original ecological, hydrological, or economic study of the China Creek Community Watershed. Rather, this study is predominantly a synthesis of existing literature that is meant to serve as a resource for those interested in the issues surrounding logging and water quality in the China Creek Community Watershed. As such, a significant portion of the report is dedicated to providing background information on local context, forest hydrology, and logging regulations. Many scientific studies about the China Creek Community Watershed have already been completed, and these were reviewed as part of this study.
The researching and writing of this report were guided by the goal of remaining objective.The author relied heavily on scientific literature and government publications, but also included a balanced mixture of media stories as well as reports from industry, environmental NGOs, and community members.The research process also included interviewing numerous stakeholders from all sides of the issue, who in turn provided comments and suggestions for further research.
Please feel free to share this report with anyone who you think would be interested in reading it. Thank you again for your assistance with my project!
M.A. Planning Candidate, 2016
School of Community and Regional Planning
University of British Columbia