On November 16, 2018, the City Councillors on the Utility Committee heard from Edmonton residents strong and collective opposition to the 2017 decision to reroute the South Edmonton Sanitary Sewer (SESS) trunk line to the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. Speakers represented the following groups: Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, Edmonton Trail Runners, Highlands Community League, Beverly Community League, Capilano Community League, various other recreational groups and residents from Beverly, Highlands, Gold Bar, Capilano, and Oliver. A couple of engineers with experience in wastewater engineering and safety also spoke about risks, technology and inadequate buffer zones separating the Gold Bar Plant from surrounding recreational areas and residences. The following topics were addressed:
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