OK, here's how you can get involved. Sorry for the wordiness of the posts. (cross-posted from boatertalk):
Here's an example of a letter suitable to send to important contacts within the SLRD:
Dear SLRD Board Members and Staff,
It has come to my attention that Ledcor Corporation is seeking Temporary Use Permits for industrial uses in the Ashlu River Drainage in conjunction with the construction of an independent power project. I have been following this issue closely since the public hearings started 4 years ago. I strongly supported the due process efforts by the local government to hear all sides and eventually deny re-zoning for the Ashlu IPP. When the Province enacted Bill 30 and construction started in the Ashlu it was incredibly disappointing to see the efforts of the SLRD board and staff disregarded. I encourage you to stand behind the original decision that was validated by the due process of public hearings and continue to deny Ledcor permission from the local government and community to be operating in the Ashlu Drainage.
Here are the email addresses for SLRD contacts:
Feel free to copy/paste/edit/add/whatever, as you see fit. Don't forget to "sign" it & date it. Try to deliver your opposition in a neutral or non-kayaker voice. Why? Because it's just too easy for Ledcor & non-boaters to marginalize our interests. All ledcor has to do is say, "hey, we're actually LENGTHENING your paddling season by dewatering the creek! We're making it safer for kayakers." ... and the ignorant public believes that. This has been their legacy thus far -- you can refer to their propaganda site for the evidence (Wigston, you got duped by this the other week, but I didn't have time to respond to your post.)
If you come at them from an ecological platform (salmon & griz habitat, loss of old growth, sedimentation, etc), or an economic platform (the $ is leaving the province & not hitting the tribe's pockets), or a tourism platform (squamish calls itself the outdoor rec capital of canada) .. it might resonate better with the people who you are talking to ...
Also, you should check out Grace's interview with Bryan on LVM for more info: http://lvmvideo.com/
(just click on Al G's swollen mug).
And lastly, if you really want the full poop on the issue, like, if you really want to write an informed communication, you can always go here: http://www.hydrofactsbc.ca
PLEASE REMEMBER, this letter is hitting the local governments who have ALREADY DENIED Ledcor the zoning again & again, on behalf of the local constituencies. If Ledcor gets denied now/again, they will likely be facing a PR nightmare that could be our window of opportunity to possibly shut them down on future projects ... ahem CALLAGHAN.
ok, i really gotta get back to work now.