In response to Mr. Hicks on the proposed closure of access to the Leech watershed by the C.R.D.to the general public.
I have had the pleasure of working in the area in question during the past year doing forestry and salvage work.Over this time I have come across several garbage dumps and obvious sites where people have been setting off fireworks during fire season. All this within two or three miles west of Sooke Lake, our principle water supply.
I truly think this kind of “recreational” activity threatens the integrity of our water supply for obvious reasons.This is most likely the main reason for the proposed lock out of the Leech watershed, to protect it from the kind of idiots that do these sort of activities without thinking of the potential consequences. Do we really want ashes and soot or garbage residues in our water supply?
I really don’t think this proposal by the CRD is of a vindictive nature, they appear to be just trying to do their job. Contrary to popular belief there are lots of other wilderness areas to recreate in.