Conservation group wants airport fee for aquifer protection fund
The Vancouver Island and Coast Conservation Society wants to see a fee for travellers at the Nanaimo Airport; with the money going to protection of the Cassidy Aquifer.
The aquifer provides water for part of the CVRD,Cedar, Yellowpoint, Cassidy and South Wellington.
Society President Laurie Gourlay says it could also be a major source for the City of Nanaimo in the future, and they’re worried about the impact of airport expansion and development.
He points out that much of the airport is just 1 meter above the aquifer, which he says is the biggest on the Island.
Gourlay says they’re proposing a 5 dollar surcharge, to go to an independent body.
Gourlay says they’ve invited local governments and the Airport Authority to a public meeting in Cedar planned for late May.