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Qualicum Beach students give ‘Contaminant Pond’ a new name

Council approves youngsters’ suggestion of ‘Salamander Pond’
The former Contaminant Pond in Qualicum Beach is being renamed ‘Salamander Pond.’ (Ashley Kuramoto photo)

A school teacher found out through an extensive research that pond located near Qualicum Beach Elementary School, used by students and community members, is referred to as ‘Contaminant Pond.’

Ashley Kuramoto, a teacher at QBES, decided to get the students to come up with a more appealing and nicer name. They came up with ‘Salamander Pond.’

Qualicum Beach council received a letter from Kuramoto to inform them about the name the students have given the pond and also to ask how they can make it official.

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Town planner Luke Sales recommend to council, at its regular meeding on Dec. 6, to put up a sign that will indicate the new name, ‘Salamander Pond,’ which he describes is much more charming than its current designation.

Council unanimously voted in favour of the staff recommendation.

The pond is man-made body of water established in 2005 when the town developed Laburnum Road. It was created to absorb any contamination that might occur on the roadway and help protect nearby natural and sensitive ecosystems.

Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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