Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Future of Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, wetlands and public facilities at Iona Island Regional Park

Several Nature Vancouver members attended a public meeting in January and recently a stakeholder meeting regarding the future of the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. Metro Vancouver is required by law to upgrade the sewerage treatment and is seeking public input on the overall design, including wetlands and fit with Iona Island Regional Park. This is a major design and construction project, scheduled for over the next decade.  The draining of the four existing lagoons at the Treatment Plant will take place over the next three years. See the project at Metro Vancouver website.

For naturalists, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help shape the future of this regional park and wastewater treatment plant, situated in this key location on the Pacific Flyway, beside the Fraser River and Salish Sea.  Naturalists have put forward proposals for tertiary treatment, creation of wetlands, bird viewing opportunities, reconnecting the public with the Fraser River estuary and providing a facility for nature interpretation.

Nature Vancouver members, together with WildResearch and Delta Naturalists have discussed and provided input into a vision statement prepared by James Casey of Bird Studies Canada. James is Program Manager for the Fraser Estuary Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and was the speaker at Birders’ Night in March. Read the statement, “Imaging a New Future for Iona Island and our relationship with the Fraser“. We hope naturalists can rally around the several design suggestions included in the statement.

Upcoming meetings and opportunities for public input will be posted on this Conservation blog and included in Nature Vancouver’s weekly e-News as Metro Vancouver provides dates.

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