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Water activist to appear in court Monday

Jessica Ogden will be in front of a judge to answer for disobeying a court order at a logging operation near Balfour. — Submitted photo

Water activist Jessica Ogden will appear in front of a judge in Nelson Court Monday (July 22) at 9:30 a.m. after being arrested by RCMP in June for disobeying a court order at a logging operation near Balfour.

Ogden, who spent a week in custody after the arrest, was part of a protest camp set up at the entrance to the Balfour Transfer Station, at the base of the Balfour Face Forest Service Road.

The camp, within walking distance of Balfour Ferry Terminal, was erected by the protest group to protect the watershed from logging and raise awareness regarding current forestry practices in BC.

"We are not here to stop logging, we are trying to protect our watersheds,” Ogden said in a media release.

Ogden and fellow protestors believe that now has never been a better time to stand up for to protect watersheds and to be the change they wish to see in BC.

“Our province, country and planet need us to make drastic and far reaching changes to the ways industry extracts resources,” the release said.

The Balfour Face camp was dismantled after her release, but the cause is not finished. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover the legal fees for Odgen. All additional money raised will go towards the purchase and protection of a forested and fragile landscape in the west Kootenays.