Houston District proposes protection for waterways

The District of Houston is proposing development permit to protect Buck Creek and Bulkley River and their watersheds.

The District of Houston is proposing development permit to protect Buck Creek and Bulkley River and their watersheds.

Houston council hosted a public meeting last week Thursday to discuss proposed changes to bylaws and the community plan.

Council wants to protect Buck Creek and Bulkley River and their watersheds from pollution and siltation in order to maintain the water quality.

Within the Development Permit Area, council is proposing to list the following policies:

(1) Land clearing or changes within 30 metres of areas near creeks or rivers, will be subject to an environmental review from a qualified environmental professional.

(2) No septic tank, drainage field or deposit field should be constructed in any portion of the watershed draining into Buck Creek or the Bulkley River.

(3) Change to natural drainage in the watershed should not result in increased runoff.

(4) Development should not lead to storm water run-off entering the watercourses, and a storm water management plan is required before any work will be permitted.