To stop sewage effluent from being dumped into our ocean.
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.
Oct 16 - WHEN IS ENOUGH - ENOUGH?
Oct 13-VEENHOF REBUTTAL. Sept. 30 -BOWSER WASTEWATER TREATMENT SUBMISSION TO FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES REGARDING HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS, Donald R. Carlow MD, CCFP, CHE. “The risks from this large variety of contaminants for sea life, for further degradation of the Salish Sea, and for human health, are significant. This means that ocean discharge proximal to a large shellfish cultivation and harvesting area and immediately adjacent to a busy beach recreational area, particularly considering the availability of alternatives, is unconscionable.”
July 17 - BC ENV Minister Washes Hands - No Sewage Outfall Public Consultation Required;
May 2018 Bowser Wastewater Project Update - The Facts, A Message from Sosbowser_March 2018, -'Green Alternatives to Bowser Marine Effluent Disposal'Presentation to RDN and Developers
-Request to Withhold CWWF Funding & Ensure Consultation with Impact Community
- Honourable Selina Robinson BC MAH Minister - August 31, 2017 Request to find Bowser Village Sanitary Sewer Service Bylaw petition not sufficient or valid with response
-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!
-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
WHEN IS ENOUGH - ENOUGH (pdf)Download
Veenhof Rebuttal (pdf)Download
Bowser Wastewater Treatment Submission, Carlow D. et al. 9.30.2018 (pdf)Download
The Facts - Bowser Village Center Wastewater Project Update VF (pdf)Download
A Message from Stop Ocean Sewage_March 2018 (pdf)Download
Freedom of Info Request - Does RDN Bowser $7.5 Million Clean Water Wastewater Grant Application have Consultation-Referendum Non-conformances (pdf)Download
Green Alternatives to Bowser Marine Effluent Disposal (final) (pdf)Download
AHRPRA 2018 membership form (pdf)Download
AHRPRA -SOS Newsletter - Dec 3 2017 (pdf)Download
BC Environment Washes Hands - Public Consultation Not Required for Effluent Outfall (pdf)Download
Ministers of Environment - EA Designation and Process (pdf)Download
Env. Minister Positive Response on Greening Effluent - EIS public comment adjudication (pdf)Download
BC-EAOffice Response_Letter-BowserSewage-TGates (pdf)Download
Letter and Response - BC MAH Minister Selina Robinson (pdf)Download
NEWEST - July 24 Chair Veenhof-
RDN Board of Directors vote against residents' for poorly treated new Bowser Salish Sea Sewage Effluent Pipeline and Outfall ADJACENT OYSTER-SCALLOP FARM-...SEE LOCAL NEWS: https://www.pqbnews.com/e-editions/?iid=i20180726041154787&&headline=UGFya3N2aWxsZSBRdWFsaWN1bSBCZWFjaCBOZXdzLCBKdWx5IDI2LCAyMDE4&&doc_id=180726111211-ecd4774c752049f68a21aca35ec31160 McCOLL MAGAZINE https://www.mccollmagazineonline.com/polluting-the-salish-sea-is-wrong.html
Why BC Environment Minister gets Victoria to clean up - Why start it again at Bowser? SEE: http://sustainablefisheriesfoundation.org/programs/bccoi/impacts-of-sewage-discharge/impact-of-sewage-discharge-on-victorias-environment
EUROPEAN FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY EFSA ISSUES WARNING! - "Viruses in shellfish, particularly oysters, present a public health concern and the European Food Safety Authority has recently produced an opinion paper which concludes that production of bivalve molluscs in the vicinity of discharges of human faecal pollution is a high risk practice for viral contamination. The opinion suggests various ways of tackling this, including prohibited zones for shellfish harvesting in the vicinity of sewage discharge points. " https://thefishsite.com/articles/waste-water-treatment-impact-on-norovirus in oysters - ARE BC DISCHARE PERMITS INFECTING NORTH AMERICANS - ARE CANADIAN STANDARDS NOW UNACCEPTABLE FOR FOOD AND CONTACT RECREATION SAFETY?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-resident-dies-after-coming-into-contact-with-a-flesh-eating-bacteria/2018/07/19/cb497bee-8b51-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html Vibrios (Cholera and Flesh eating bacteria) and global sea warming http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/08/02/1609157113
NEW - BC ENVIRONMENT WASHES HANDS OF SEWAGE OUTFALL PUBLIC CONSULTATION (see last download above)
ANGRY JULY 9 HEARING SHOCKS NANAIMO CHAIR AND STAFF - FIRM NO TO OCEAN SEWAGE https://www.pqbnews.com/e-editions/?iid=i20180712041222935&&headline=UGFya3N2aWxsZSBRdWFsaWN1bSBCZWFjaCBOZXdzLCBKdWx5IDEyLCAyMDE4&&doc_id=180712111241-53220c9f4897478fbff6d947ce608958
Norovirus outbreaks linked to B.C. oysters a sign of water pollution, says shellfish group http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/norovirus-oysters-april-2018-1.4649715
Bowser residents protest marine sewage outfall plan Veenhof and staff endures harsh criticisms at public information meeting May 21-18 - https://www.pqbnews.com/news/bowser-residents-protest-marine-sewage-outfall-plan/
PQB News - Anti Sewage http://www.pqbnews.com/e-editions/?iid=i20171019164537587
http://www.pqbnews.com/news/rdn-board-gives-bowser-sewage-project-green-light/ but it not over till its over..stay tuned for next anti ocean sewage actions! Coming soon! See us on Facebook at sosbowser, RDN snubbed 664 petitioners to ram through the legal? bylaws.
See: photo Gallery- Gord Johns MP provided RDN Board meeting anti ocean sewage Powerpoint at Magnolia Court 29 August.
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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.
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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.
As we are entering the Fall 2018 Local Election I encourage you to download and consider the Dr. Carlow Bowser Wastewater submission to Health and Environment Ministers, bring your signs and neighbors and ask the hard questions at the Lighthouse Country Business Association’s All Candidates meeting. Then consider supporting a candidate who will respect resident wishes and hearing results, and push for the full protection of the Salish Sea, not hide behind legally meeting ‘minimal outdated effluent standards’ while deploying 1913 patented sewage technology.
LIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – ALL CANDIDATES MEETING WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 3 AT 7:00 PM LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 240 LIONS WAY, QUALICUM BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Dissent and freedom of speech and assembly is still a right in CANADA! • It is time to exercise your rights! End Environmental Hypocrisy!
To learn more Download The Facts - Bowser Village Wastewater Project Update. Remember your vote matters, nominations for the RDN 2018 election run September 4th-14th and culminate in an election on October 20th. An Area H Director that is focused on preserving and protecting the Salish Sea can make all the difference. Do we need an Area H binding referendum on NOT to allow marine disposal now and in the futrue?
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 V0R 1G0 Please include your name and address or email address so we can keep in touch.