Marine Scientists Question Need for Further Sewage Treatment for Victoria
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 of Victoria:
- 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 evidence that our sewage treatment system works!