The Chapman Lake expansion project got the thumbs down from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The province says after careful consideration, is not prepared to move forward with a park boundary amendment in Tetrahedron Provincial Park at this time.

It means the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s proposed expansion of the community water supply system cannot proceed.

The Ministry says the SCRD will have to revise its regional water plan to significantly reduce or eliminate the dependence on Chapman Lake and the minister is encouraging the District to continue researching alternative solutions beyond the use of Chapman Lake that will improve the existing water supply system.

Under certain conditions, such as Stage 4 water restrictions during drought, the regional district will still be able to apply for temporary emergency amendments to use a siphon system as it has done in recent years.