West Bench, Faulder, Okanagan Lake West
First of all I am the author of the above reply to Michael Brydon. It was not my intention that I was anonymized. I would like to continue the dialog:
As a proponent of the South Okanagan Conservation Fund I am sure that you would agree that the better way to preserve the habitat is to not cause the environmental damage in the first place and then use the Conservation Fund to clean up sites that are already damaged. The proposed Marron Valley Site lies in an area where significant industry or environmental damage has never taken place, whereas the Summerland Landfill has already seen industrialization.
It appears that the negatives towards the Summerland Landfill site being used as a Regional Compost Site is mainly because of the slight increase in traffic on Prairie Valley Road which passes through School zones. However, this road has been designated an Arterial Road and truck route, the second highest volume designation after a highway. Average daily traffic in 2007 was 1,866 vehicles per day (I am waiting for an update on this data). An additional twenty or so trucks traveling in each direction daily will not make a statistical difference in a road that is designed for many times this volume. If the school zones are truly affected by the additional trucks then money earned by Summerland from the RDOS lease and taxation of the compost facility could be used to make the school zones safer – perhaps erecting a fence along the side of the road. (Data and highway information obtained from the Transportation Master Plan (2007) District of Summerland)
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