Kamloops biosolids will not be dumped in Turtle Valley

City of Kamloops utility services manager Greg Wightman said that, at this stage, biosolids are not being transported to Turtle Valley. He called biosolids management an “incredibly complicated process” and said the city is working closely with Arrow to find other locations for the product, though nothing has been identified to date

A roadblock to prevent the arrival of biosolids east of Kamloops has ended and the city’s treated sewage sludge will not be dumped in Turtle Valley.

Protest organizer and Turtle Valley resident Connie Seaward said protestors packed up in mid-November and deem the situation a win for area residents.

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“End result, it’s not dumped on our drinking water and that’s all we wanted,” Seaward told KTW.

Turtle Valley residents were protesting a City of Kamloops contract with Arrow Transportation to haul and dump the city’s stockpile of treated sewage sludge to the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch.

Concerned about impacts to drinking water, due to the location’s proximity to an aquifer upon which drinking water is drawn, the protestors took Arrow to court, filing an injunction to halt transportation. Protestors lost in court, but it appears they ultimately won the battle. Seaward said local First Nations stepped in to oppose the project and the Neskonlith Indian Band recently informed her the landowner deems it “done now, completely.”

City of Kamloops utility services manager Greg Wightman said that, at this stage, biosolids are not being transported to Turtle Valley. He called biosolids management an “incredibly complicated process” and said the city is working closely with Arrow to find other locations for the product, though nothing has been identified to date.

Seaward said the city and Arrow followed the rules — but argued the rules need to change.

The protestors continue to await changes to the province’s Organic Matter Recycling Regulation.

Meanwhile, they wonder where the city will next plan to transport its biosolids.

“We did have a few people that were wondering, where is it going?” she said. “Is it going to go in our backyard somewhere else? I don’t have the time or energy to chase it around. If the contract comes up again in our area, we just make sure it’s a safe area to be put.”

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