Larry Commodore, a Chilliwack chapter activist, former Soowahlie Chief, and community adviser to the WaterWealth Project, addresses the Off the Aquifer gathering.
The Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter attended an 'aquifer information session' on the impact of the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline on their drinking water.
The City's website notes, "In the City of Chilliwack, water is obtained from the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer, a natural underground water reservoir. The Sardis-Vedder Aquifer lies immediately north of the Vedder River in Sardis. The Sardis-Vedder Aquifer is particularly vulnerable to contamination for several reasons. First, the upper layer of groundwater, the water table, lies only a shallow five to ten meters below the ground’s surface. Second, the boundary layer of soil protecting groundwater from the upper surface is coarse-grained and consequently extremely permeable."