A new group of campaigners have come together in Chilliwack combining a number of controversial issues with a focus on water.
"Water is something that brings our communities together," campaign director Sheila Muxlow told the Times.
The WaterWealth Project is a citizen-driven campaign that organizers say is designed to protect rivers, lakes and groundwater of the Fraser Valley against a number of "imminent threats."
From gravel removal to intensive agriculture to pipeline expansion, a number of water-related issues have caught the group's attention.
This Saturday (March) from 3 to 6 p.m. the project launches and is open to the public at the office at 45668 Storey Ave.
And while drinking water and chlorination may not be on the forefront of the organization's focus, they haven't overlooked the topic.
"The chlorination issue is interesting because it does highlight how important water is to residents in Chilliwack," Muxlow said. "[It shows] how people are concerned about decisions made in Victoria or elsewhere and imposed upon us without due consideration."
The schedule for the open house Saturday is as follows:
- 3 to 3:30 p.m. - Sto:lo welcome
- 3.30 to 4 p.m. - Special presentation: Sheila Muxlow, campaign director
- 4 to 5 p.m. - The Inside Scoop on the WaterWealth Mission: Goals, Intel, Tech & Tactics
- 5 to 6 p.m. - Meet, Greet, Mix & Mingle: A chance to chat & make new friends
Children’s activities will be ongoing throughout the event