Stop Bowser Ocean Sewage

About Us

Our Goal

To stop sewage from being dumped into our ocean. 

Who We Are

As concerned citizens of Bowser BC area beachside communities, 

1. we are OPPOSED TO SEWAGE EFFLUENT GOING INTO THE OCEAN, such as that proposed by the Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project which will begin to dispose of minimally treated sewage effluent through a marine outfall at the Noonday Rd. 'Public' beach access. 

2. we are IN FAVOUR of sustainable development in Area H. 

3. we are IN FAVOUR of an up-to-date sewage system that uses modern technology and disposes of clean effluent on dry land.

Call To Action

United we can save our ocean front from unwanted sewage.   Write the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, BC Minister of Environment, the Federal and BC Ministers of Infrastructure.  Ask them to lead by changing funding conditions and substituting permit conditions to keep Area H green by stopping ocean sewage dumping!  Contact your MLA your MP, The RDN and AREA H Director, Tell them your vote depends on action now! See contacts below.


NEW DOWNLOADS!: 'Green Alternatives to Bowser Marine Effluent Disposal' Presentation to RDN and Developers, and Does the 'RDN Bowser Canadian Water and Wastewater Fund $7.5 MILLION Grant Application (Freedom of Info) show referendum / consultation non-conformance?  you judge! 

-Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada - September 8, 2017

Request to Withhold CWWF Funding & Ensure Consultation with Impact Community

- Honourable Selina Robinson BC Minister of Municipalities and Housing -  August 31, 2017

 Request to find Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Bylaw petition not sufficient or valid per Local Government Act

Canada Minister of Infrastructure and Communities - July 29, 2017

Information and Oversight Commitee Review 


-Request to BC / FED Ministers of Environment on Bowser Wastewater "EA Designation" and on EA process.

-Response from BC MAH Minsiter Selina Robinson Oct 19, 2017 - Raises questions about MAH bylaw review duty under Local Gov. Act!  

-Minister's EAO office says no in response to request to do a full Environmental Assessment with public consultation - Will SARA species (Orca-salmon-eel grass) food web be endangered?

-Env. Minister's ADM positive reponse on Greening Bowser Effluent - EIS public comment adjudication

Prime Minister Trudeau (pdf)


BC Minister of MAH Selina Robinson (pdf)


Canada Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (pdf)




Ministers of Environment - EA Designation and Process (pdf)


StopSewagePoster (PDF)


Response from Minister Selina Robinson (Oct19,2017) (pdf)


MAH Bylaw Review per Local Gov. Act in Question (pdf)


BC-EAOffice Response_Letter-BowserSewage-TGates (pdf)


Env. Minister Positive Response on Greening Effluent - EIS public comment adjudication (pdf)


AHRPRA -SOS Newsletter - Dec 3 2017 (pdf)


AHRPRA 2018 membership form (pdf)


Green Alternatives to Bowser Marine Effluent Disposal (final) (pdf)


Freedom of Info Request - Does RDN Bowser $7.5 Million Clean Water Wastewater Grant Application have Consultation-Referendum Non-conformances (pdf)


Site Content

Government email, mail, telephone. Postage is free to any Member of Parliament.

Prime Minister

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-995-0253  Fax: 613-947-0310 

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-992-1013  Fax: 613-992-1026

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-995-9325  Fax: 613-995-2754 

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-996-5322  Fax: 613-996-5323

Minister of Health

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-992-3640  Fax: 613-992-3642

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons  Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0A6   Telephone: 613-992-1020  Fax: 613-992-3053


WHY IS THE RDN OPTING TO DISPOSE OF SEWAGE EFFLUENT THROUGH A MARINE OUTFALL?   In the long run when systems are expanded it is the least expensive method to dispose of the waste. They say there is no dry land suitable for disposal nearby---in which case we feel they need to explore sites farther away from the village. Both the Kala Geosciences and Chatwin Engineering 2011 independent reports confirm suitable soils in the area for on-land disposal.  We say keeping contaminants left in treated sewage on-land is the responsible method of long-term pollution control.  WHO VOTED ON THIS SEWAGE PLAN?   Only the 100 or so property owners, business owners and developers in Bowser Village Centre got to vote.  People south of Thames Creek and north of the Legion were not notified and not consulted at any time, although many live in the “impact zone” of the outfall (Unethical, Unfair, Undemocratic). ISN’T SEWAGE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR BOWSER? Gov’t will provide $7.5 million in funding, leaving $3.1 million to be paid by the 100 villagers, about $38,000 per hook-up---but now developers have agreed to pay $2.6 million of that to the RDN through “development cost charges,” leaving only $0.5 million to the villagers, reducing basic hook-up charge to $2900 each---it made it easier to vote yes, in spite of what that vote would do to the ocean. IS BOWSER GOING TO END UP LIKE FRENCH CREEK? The RDN says there will be “some” odour.  The system will start with one treatment tank but is designed to expand and could eventually handle sewage from much of Area H.   ARE MODERN LAND BASED DISPOSAL TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE?  Yes there are many modern technologies available to replace conventional septic systems on challenging land while protecting groundwater, human health, the environment and ocean food sources. An ocean outfall would only meet the minimum legal requirements still having lots of pollutants including climate changing carbon, oxygen depleting substances, nutrients which cause algal blooms, a list of pathogenic organisms and toxic substances, microplastics and pharmaceuticals.  

So why not lead Canada and keep Area H green and healthy for future generations with land based disposal? 

This is our community and these are our beaches.  It is our responsibility to protect them and the life within and around them.

Contact Us


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ANNOUNCING THE AREA H RATE PAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION   to assist funding  the Stop Bowser Ocean Sewage Campaign. Please download the membership application form (in the second section) and join for $10.00/year and/or donate to to:          

The Treasurer  Area H Rate Payers and Residents Association,  3987 Gladys Road Bowser BC V0R1G0  

Please include your name and email address so we can keep in touch.   

Join the fight!

upcoming events


Date: Dec 12, 2017 Time: 7:15 pm Location: Board Chambers, 6300 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo

While there is not a draft agenda at this time we expect that the Bowser Sewer Service bylaws will be on tap, since those need to be adopted before the 13th or the Developer Front-ender funding agreement stale dates.  If the Front-ender agreement stale dates the Developers, who are definitely not in consensus with a marine outfall,  may step aside from the project.  We suggest as many people go as possible, SIGN UP FOR A PRESENTATION, Please get out and ‘Get Loud’...make a difference for Sustainable Development of Area H!   Together we can stop the unwanted effects of Ocean Sewage!

Public Hearing for Bylaw 1335.06 (Area H OCP)

Date: Dec 6, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Lighthouse Community Hall 240 Lions Way Qualicum Bay, BC.    The notice can be found at This is an excellent opportunity to have questions on the record and hopefully to have them fully answered, as this is being conducted as a hearing in conformance with the Local Government Act of BC.

Learn about the proposed changes at this meeting and online at  and and .  e.g. "Additional desired community amenity of a sewage collection, treatment and disposal system for the development, to be owned and operated by the RDN, capable of expansion to at least 320 additional connections outside of Deep Bay Southwest."  This begs the question, what is the consolidated sewer plan for Area H? Why is a big Bowser Ocean Sewer pipe really needed? Can the RDN still take the opportunity to 'green' treated effluents according to the sustainable developmnet environment strategy?


Let's keep going! we need your support so that Area H Rate Payers and Residents have a "solid voice" on environmental, political, development and recreational issues.  

 We are a member funded incorporated BC Society so your membership and/or donation are vital at this time to assist with the STOP BOWSER OCEAN SEWAGE campaign.  You may wish to send a membership fee ($10.00/year) and/or donation made out to:            

The Treasurer  Area H Rate Payers and Residents Association,  3987 Gladys Road Bowser BC V0R1G0    Please include your name and address or email address so we can keep in touch.


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