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See PART 2 video first!!! which is new as of Sept. 2016 CRD sewage outfall pollution in Victoria, BC

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

See PART 2 video first! (it's the video that appears below this one).
Press Release and links related to PART 2: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3JY...


PLEASE READ: The CRD currently pumps approximately 40,000 kg of untreated "solid" waste per day (an estimated 7,000,000 kg/year, dried weight) into the Strait of Juan de Fuca through outfalls located off Clover and Macaulay Points. This video shows the accumulation of sewage sediment on the seabed and marine life at Coghlan Rock, which is 5 km from the Macaulay Point Outfall. Allan Crow, a commercial fisherman and diver of 35 years, took the video in July 2013. In September 2013, sediment and biological samples collected from Coghlan Rock tested positive for fecal coliform bacterium at levels far beyond the safe guidelines recommended by Health Canada and the US EPA. These test results prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the sediment shown in the video originates from Victoria's deep water ocean outfalls. Samples collected at depth from William Head, which is over 10 kms from the nearest outfall, and Trial Island tested at over 1200% (or over TWELVE TIMES) recommended safe levels.

Over the years, Allan has seen first-hand the accumulation of sewage sediment and decrease in numbers and diversity of marine flora and fauna in many areas of Victoria Bight, an area of water that stretches from Race Rocks to Trial Island. As you can finally see for yourself, the ocean does not treat our sewage effluent, the currents merely dilute and disperse it until it drifts to areas where and when currents are slow, and then settles on the seabed. Sewage sediment is spread over a very large area of Victoria Bight.

During high current events the sediment is dislodged from the kelp and the seabed and is transported along the bottom in a blinding cloud that often reduces the visibility to near zero. During low current events the outfall sediment re-accumulates and the process then repeats itself. Natural back eddies, depressions, gyres and other areas of the seabed subjected to consistently weak currents, tend to be the areas where the most sediment accumulates. These areas include the Gordon Head area in northwest Haro Strait and between Albert Head and William Head in Juan de Fuca Strait. Both these areas are well known to local sport and commercial fisherman and often referred to as the "mud holes".

Anyone who wants to learn more or gain some understanding as to how the tidal currents within the Victoria Bight actually circulate can do so by referring to a copy of a 'Current Atlas for Juan de Fuca Strait' published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

After spending over 7 long years evaluating various treatment options and planning scenarios the CRD has developed a plan to bring secondary treatment to the region. This plan will deliver a tremendous environmental and public health benefits. It's time to stop polluting and start building our sewage treatment plant.

ACTION: The Esquimalt Mayor and Council are playing politics with sewage treatment and placing $500 million in Federal and Provincial funding at risk. Please email Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, and Council at mayorandcouncil@esquimaltcouncil.ca and tell them that you want the Seaterra Project to proceed so that sewage treatment for the region remains public and affordable.

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