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Council presses pause on Colliery Dam remediation process

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Nanaimo City Council has essentially put the brakes on remediating the Colliery Dams. Staff were recommending council approve design work on an alternate drainage course.

But Councillors backed a lengthy motion by Bill Yoachim to put the decision process on hold pending further consultations with key stakeholders. Yoachim says taking a step back is actually progress in this instance.

The Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society’s Jeff Soloman says it’s a very positive step.

The CDPPS, Snuneymuxw First Nation and the public will be included in the consultation process, and the remediation schedule will be amended to allow more time to come up with a revised plan. The emergency management plan will also be updated to reflect the decreased risk posed by the dams.

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