Putting a sewage plant at Esquimalt's McLoughlin Point is incredibly short-sighted. Right at the mouth of Victoria
Harbour, and deeply embedded in Esquimalt neighbourhoods, McLoughlin Point has much greater value as a restored CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS AT ARREST NEWS BLOG!
park welcoming tourists to our City.
Recent polls reflect public concern about the choice of sewage treatment plan and sites:
Scientists Oppose Unnecessary Sewage Treatment in the CRD
While Victoria's media are only too eager to interview "Mr Floatie" for his perspective on sewage treatment (see photo
at right), they ignore the professional scientists who have examined the issue of sewage treatment in Victoria.
It may come as a surprise to many people who look at the sewage treatment situation in Victoria, BC, Canada, and who
think that we need more than what we have now: most of the region has only preliminary treatment, consisting of
screened, long ocean outfalls, source controls and frequent monitoring.
However, several scientists have examined the evidence and truly believe that no additional sewage treatment is necessary,
and if our region is forced to build additional sewage treatment, that it will probably be of no benefit to our local
marine environment. The people of Canada, BC and our region will have spent more than $1 billion, and end up with
a sewage plant mega-scheme that does nothing positive for our marine environment, even while it has a negative
impact on our land environment.
For example, cutting down trees and fragmenting important community greenspaces such as Haro Woods is a
definite negative, as is the production of greenhouse gases that occurs from land-based sewage treatment. Needing
more electrical energy for treatment, using toxic and hazardous chemicals and processes, and disposing of
massive amounts of sewage sludge are all going to be a problem.
Several BC scientists have looked at this sewage treatment fiasco and have taken the time to collaborate on a
website, Responsible Sewage Treatment Victoria, and to write and to publish articles. See attachments below,
including two editorials written by Dr. Peter Chapman, member of the editorial board of the academic journal,
Marine Pollution Bulletin, one of them also co-signed by several oceography and biology professors at the University
as well as other important marine scientists at the Institute of Ocean Sciences and UBC.
Click here to see UVic Marine Biolog professor Dr Derek Ellis important bibliography of research on Victoria's
CRD Storm Drain contamination will not be improved by a sewage treatment plant
Storm drain outfalls, together with migration of contaminated sediments from
Esquimalt and Victoria Harbours,contribute much more problematic pollution to our
marine environment than our two long
CRD Scientists Confirm that Present Marine-based Sewage Treatment System is satisfactory, so why
is CRD not defending our marine-based sewage treatment system??
CRD science-based evidence that our current marine sewage treatment system is meeting requirements.