Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Date and Time of our 2019 Discover Walk from Cates Park to Deep Cove will be posted soon.


Below is a recent letter sent to the North Shore News by SOS President Maureen Bragg:



Metro Vancouver Waste Water Treatment (Sewage)


Dear Editor:


We are writing to voice our concerns regarding the New Lions Gate Waste Water Treatment Plant and the fact that it is only being built to treat sewage to a secondary treatment level, rather than tertiary treatment. This is legal, but below the standard of treatment of most other cities. If Metro Vancouver treated our sewage to a similar level as Toronto, it would reduce the pollutants dumped into the Salish Sea by approximately 30 million kilograms per year. Metro can use low levels of treatment because the Salish Sea has been classified by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as at a lower risk from pollutants than the Great Lakes. 


 Is the Salish Sea less valuable than the Great Lakes? Many in British Columbia would not agree with this classification. The sewage effluent is full of toxins, detrimental to marine life and humans. Cumulative effects and bio-accumulation up the food chain is a grave concern. The lower standard of treatment means, that twice per day, from a large pipe near Lions Gate Bridge, pollutants are flushed into the Salish Sea. Out of sight, therefore out of mind to most people. Also, there is a reason the Iona Plant needs a 2 km long causeway to discharge sewage.


 The decision to go with a lower level of treatment was based on saving the tax payers money. This is both short sighted and false economy. Proven technology is available that would protect our waters. We believe that if the public was fully informed of the environmental and health implications of the decision to build the plant to the lowest possible standard, the taxpayer would want it built to the same standards as other cities. Again, is the Salish Sea less important than the Great Lakes or other waters in Canada.





Key Issues

Opening Street Ends

In other words Public Beach Access. The North Vancouver Save Our Shores Society (NVSOSS) vision is to have all public owned street ends opened for safe Beach Access. Some have been blocked by private encroachments, some poorly maintained and dangerous, others remain unopened.



The proliferation of docks along the North Vancouver District foreshore impedes walking, utilization and enjoyment of the beach areas by the general public. These existing docks are an unsightly form of visual pollution which have a serious negative impact upon the scenic views of the area.  NVSOSS believes that a few well designed and architectural pleasing community docks with a single access point to the shore would better serve and address the needs and concerns of all. Alternatively, each waterfront resident could be provided with a properly designed mooring buoy for his craft and then all man made structures could be removed from the area's inter-tidal zone.



 NVSOSS is particularly worried and concerned about the indiscriminate proliferation of private docks, structures and other forms of encroachment which have already taken place or are planned for the inter-tidal beach zones of the District. Our area of concern extends from Maplewood Flats to Deep Cove and beyond.



We are all Stewards of our Foreshore and Beach. We must practice conservation, preservation and enhancement at all times, in order to protect this precious jewel that we are so fortunate to have as our backyard, for this generation and for future generations to enjoy.                             


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