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.

LETTERS AND Downloads


-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 

-SOSBOWSER ASKS MINISTERS TO PUT MARINE SEWAGE PIPELINE ON HOLD

-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!  


Prime Minister Trudeau (pdf)

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BC Minister of MAH Selina Robinson (pdf)

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Canada Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (pdf)

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Revised NEW BOWSER SEWAGE SYSTEM BEGINS FIFTH RDN POLLUTION CONTROL CENTERV5 (pdf)

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Ministers of Environment - EA Designation and Process (pdf)

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2017 Membership ApplicationV1 (pdf)

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StopSewagePoster (PDF)

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

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

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Site Content

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

Prime Minister justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

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


Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca

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


Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

lawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.ca

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


Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca

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


Minister of Health

Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca

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

dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca

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

FAQs

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

email: stopbowseroceansewage@outlook.com

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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.   

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upcoming events

Area H Official Community Plan Review Public Information Meeting

   Date: Nov 22, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm (doors open 6:00 pm) Location: Lighthouse Community Hall 240 Lions Way Qualicum Bay, BC

Learn about the proposed changes at this meeting and online at http://www.rdn.bc.ca/area-h-ocp-review  and http://www.rdn.bc.ca/board-reports-and-draft-ocp and http://www.rdn.bc.ca/dms/documents/planning/area-h---ocp-review/draft-version-3/summary_of_changes_draft_ocp_v3.pdf .

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?



Regional District of Nanaimo - Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project Open House Area H Meetings

RDN Announces Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project Open House "Public" Meetings

Date: Oct 18, 2017  Time: 5 pm – 8 pm  Location: Main Hall, Lighthouse Community Hall 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach, BC and,

Oct 19, 2017  Time: 11am – 2 pm  Location: Main Hall, Lighthouse Community Hall 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach, BC

Description: All residents of Electoral Area H and beyond are welcome to attend and learn more about the Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project. Are you a community member from Bowser or the surrounding area? This is an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments with the project team.

http://www.rdn.bc.ca/events-2017-10-1-wk42/


AREA H RATE PAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP AND "STOP BOWSER OCEAN SEWAGE" FUNDING DRIVE

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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