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Once again, thank you RMOW and thank you council for having the vision and commitment to move this project forward.

Jan Budge

President Whistler Gymnastics Club

Responding with a gun

I read the online article about the cougar that is believed to be the one seen several times around the valley, and how it was shot and killed.

So we come to this land, we build this massive resort in what was wild animal territory and we just destroy everything that threatens us.

Could the cougar not have been captured and relocated?

I read how it was people friendly. Did it attack anyone?

Humans are the only animals that don’t adapt to their environment; we make the environment adapt to us.

So next time there is a strange person in a strange area maybe we should just shoot him/her.

I re-read the article twice just to make sure there was no mention of an attempt to relocate the cougar. Washington is in the process of spending $1.1 million for response teams for bears and cougars. But I forgot, we need a new municipal building and a library and a new gondola first before anything else.

Paul Rowe

Whistler

Cleaning up water issues

The Resort Municipality of Whistler would like to confirm that there is no evidence of contamination of Alta Lake from properties with leaking septic fields along Alta Lake Road.

In October 2006, the municipality commissioned NovaTec Consultants Inc. to perform a bacteriological study of soil and water along the west side of Alta Lake in support of our grant application for new sewer infrastructure. This study concluded that over 50 per cent of the lots in this area are insufficiently serviced and the samples showed contamination in the soil and ditches along the road. However, samples from Alta Lake indicated that pollution from the septic fields was not contaminating the lake.

This spring, the RMOW fisheries technicians collected 18 water samples at the three municipal beaches on Alta Lake. Sixteen of these samples have shown a fecal coliform level of 5 cfu/100mL or less; the other two showed levels of 15 and 25 cfu/100mL. Vancouver Coastal Health recommends not swimming in areas where the fecal coliform count reaches 200 cfu/100mL. Again, the data indicates that there is no contamination of the lake from the existing septic and sewer systems.

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