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Swimmable Vancouver Campaign

Swimmable Vancouver Campaign

Billions of litres of untreated wastewater bypass treatment plants and flow into the Burrard Inlet and the ‘Mighty Fraser’ each year during heavy rainfalls. This water -- laden with raw sewage, pathogens and bacteria -- directly impacts the quality of the place where we swim, paddle and otherwise enjoy Vancouver’s waterfront.

When water isn’t safe to touch people withdraw from it, and when our connection to water fades, so does our instinct to protect it. At Fraser Riverkeeper, we envision a Vancouver where swimming advisories and polluted aquatic ecosystems are things of the past. Where water literate community members work ...

Billions of litres of untreated wastewater bypass treatment plants and flow into the Burrard Inlet and the ‘Mighty Fraser’ each year during heavy rainfalls. This water -- laden with raw sewage, pathogens and bacteria -- directly impacts the quality of the place where we swim, paddle and otherwise enjoy Vancouver’s waterfront.

When water isn’t safe to touch people withdraw from it, and when our connection to water fades, so does our instinct to protect it. At Fraser Riverkeeper, we envision a Vancouver where swimming advisories and polluted aquatic ecosystems are things of the past. Where water literate community members work together to ensure a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future for current and future generations.

Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer recently introduced the Vancouver Waterfront Initiative. This ambitious initiative aims "to make high use waterways in Trout Lake and False Creek safely accessible by swimmers in advance of Summer 2018."

We applaud this goal, and are encouraging the City and Metro Vancouver to provide real-time reporting on untreated waste water discharges and bypasses as we work collectively to improve urban water quality. The public needs to know that they are safe when recreating in the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River and why untreated sewage overflows impact our quality of life. 

With greater transparency and citizen engagement, we can achieve a swimmable, drinkable, and fishable future.

We want to know that it’s safe to splash and swim at our urban beaches. That if our children fall into the water while learning to kayak, paddle-board or sail, they aren't at risk of gastrointestinal illnesses, ear, eye and bladder infections, pneumonia, giardiasis, and other afflictions. 

We need to know whether a sewage overflow or bypass has occurred now, in real time -- not in a yearly report that won’t be released for months.

By signing our letter, you show decision makers that water matters to you and your family. Join our movement for a Swimmable Vancouver!

 

 

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Swimmable Vancouver Campaign

Like you, I want to know that my family, friends and loved ones are safe on the water. Overflows of untreated sewage, laden with pathogens and bacteria, put our health at risk. As Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver work towards separating our antiquated combined sewer systems, we deserve to know in real-time whether we’re paddling, swimming or otherwise recreating in polluted water.

It’s that simple. 

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Like you, I want to know that my family, friends and loved ones are safe on the water. Overflows of untreated sewage, laden with pathogens and bacteria, put our health at risk. As Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver work towards separating our antiquated combined sewer systems, we deserve to know in real-time whether we’re paddling, swimming or otherwise recreating in polluted water.

It’s that simple. 

Help us reach our goal of sending 1,000 messages to our City leaders demanding real-time CSO reporting.

Let's work together and make Vancouver a truly swimmable city for all!

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