Save Quesnel Lake

$1,950 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 24 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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$1,950 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 24 months
Created June 12, 2017
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Don & Jan Barnes
1 month ago

This was a pristine lake that we have lived on for 40 years. We have to to do all we can to protect and restore it to pre breach condition. Christine we really appreciate all your time and effort since the disaster. Thank You, Thank You. You are amazing!!!

Helen Englund
2 months ago

Love Quesnel Lake. We all need to help "David to fight Goliath" Keep up the good work !!!

Fair Mining Collaborative
4 months ago

You do great work! And we like you :) Seriously though; it's high time citizens took power to stop reckless mining and help reform the laws that allow it to happen - you represent that.

Lynette Bender
9 months ago

I love Quesnel Lake and it needs our help.

Don Barnes
10 months ago
Wendy Hart
10 months ago

Thank-you for working so hard for this!

Frances McDonald
10 months ago
Monika + Stephan Schlaepfer
10 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?!?

Beat & Esther Oschwald
10 months ago
Graham Gerry
10 months ago
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