Save Quesnel Lake

$1,550 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 18 months
Our Goal

The goal of the Concerned Citizens of Quesnel  Lake (CCQL) is to stop further pollution  of  Quesnel Lake, claimed to be the deepest fjordal lake in the world.  We have  has launched an Environmental Appeal against the British Columbia (BC)  Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

 We have the support of a legal team,a group of scientific experts, West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) and Mining Watch, but we need your financial support to win the appeal.

The donated funds will be used to pay for expert scientific opinions and the legal cost to take the appeal to the BC Appeal Board.

Our Story
Quesnel Lake is a glacial lake in BC, Canada and a major tertiary of the Fraser River, with a maximum depth of 610 metres ( although the true depth is unknown). Quesnel Lake is a trophy lake because live bait or barbed hooks are not allowed. Catch-and-release restrictions apply to Steelhead fish, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and other lake trout (Char) are common. Quesnel Lake  is part of the Adams River and Chilcotin Salmon Run. Quesnel Lake also provides a home to a huge number of other animal species.
CCQL is a group of approximately 40 home owners, who were devastated when the Mount Polley Mine dam collapsed creating biggest environmental mining disaster in Canada's history.  24million cubic metres of toxic mine waste was released into Quesnel Lake.
CCQL formed to try and save Quesnel Lake from any further assaults from Mount Polley mine waste.
The CCQL website  and social media sites have been created, along with a billboard and newspaper ads.

Our efforts have been supported by the CCQL members.
In April 2017 the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy released an approved permit, allowing the continued discharge into Quesnel Lake for at least the next 5 years and beyond.
The only avenue we have remaining to protect Quesnel Lake is to launch an Environmental Management Act appeal.


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On our recent visit to Quesnel Lake and Hazeltine Creek, we were astounded at how little the area has changed over the last 2 year.
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$1,550 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 18 months
Created June 12, 2017
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Lynette Bender
2 months ago

I love Quesnel Lake and it needs our help.

Wendy Hart
3 months ago

Thank-you for working so hard for this!

Monika + Stephan Schlaepfer
3 months ago

We appreciate all the work you are doing and wish we could do more to help. In this day and age it can NOT be allowed to willfully ruin more of our precious environment. We are going through enough loss with all these wildfires. It just boggles our minds that our government will even consider to allow a perfectly clean water ruined by mining (or any other industry for that mater). On what planet do they live?!?

Nikki Skuce
4 months ago

Thanks for your tireless efforts! Hope we can see justice from this disaster one of these days... :(

Colleen Demers
4 months ago

A few years ago my sister and her husband purchased a cabin on Quesnel Lake. What was to be their future retirement home and retreat for her children and grandchildren to enjoy. Since then, she has personally shared with us the stories of how devastating backdoor economic policies are for our BC lakes. This is NOT simply a one time event, affecting only Quesnel Lake, but is going on all around our beautiful province. When a forest fire guts and devastates vast amounts of wilderness and delicate ecosystems around BC... the response from civilians to government to military, is outstanding. Yet, when a comparable event happens in a BC lake... there is silence. I hope EVERYONE who owns... a tent, fishing rod, hunting rifle, backpack, picnic basket, bathing suit, big boat, little boat, ATV, RV, summer cabin, snowshoes, snowmobile, ice auger, cross country skis, or water wings will see 'the forest for the trees' and take action. We must TAKE BACK control our LAKES, and demand big business will be held responsible and accountable for the damage they cause, in order to do business in our province!

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