VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health is worried about the fate of local beaches, as Transport Canada considers changes to its sewage policy.
The federal department is looking into allowing small boats that are within one nautical mile from shore to discharge sewage. Right now, the allowable distance is three nautical miles.
In a post on the Vancouver Coastal Health website, Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, is urging Transport Canada to reconsider.
He points out last summer five local beaches were closed due to high e-coli bacteria counts.
High levels, he points out, are caused by weather and tides, but also by sewage discharge from boats.
He says if Transport Canada goes ahead, beaches should be designated as protected areas, so that they are safe and healthy for everyone.