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 & Contact Us

  • Sign the New Petition online at https://chn.ge/2J7RHSj - United we can save our ocean from unwanted sewage.  
  •  Write the Federal and BC Ministers of Environment and Climate Change; Infrastructure and Health.  Ask them to lead by changing funding conditions and substituting permit conditions to keep Area H GREEN and HEALTHY 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 email and mail contacts in our March 2018 Message download below! 
  • Join the fight  - download our membership form below. 
  • Contact us at stopbowseroceansewage@outlook.com 

LETTERS AND Downloads

NEW DOWNLOADS!  -  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, 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! 

-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!  

-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

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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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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BC-EAOffice Response_Letter-BowserSewage-TGates (pdf)

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

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AHRPRA -SOS Newsletter - Dec 3 2017 (pdf)

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AHRPRA 2018 membership form (pdf)

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

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

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A Message from Stop Ocean Sewage_March 2018 (pdf)

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The Facts - Bowser Village Center Wastewater Project Update VF (pdf)

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Site Content

Media (Also check out SOSBOWSER on Facebook)

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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SAY NO TO THE RDN - SIGN THE NEW ONLINE PETITION

SIGN THE PETITION AT  https://chn.ge/2J7RHSj


 The RDN hosted a public information meeting on May 16, 2018 (6 PM) at the Lighthouse Community Hall at Qualicum Bay and received overwhelming negative feedback on rezoning  RS-2 to PU-4 to establish a Bowser sewage plant with a marine pipeline and outfall.  Will the RDN now listen to the Impact Community?  or will they proceed to pollute your precious marine resources?  Read the PQB article for more info  (see media links above). 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.