Opinion

Help clean up Nanoose

I was visiting friends in Parksville when I saw at the front page (The News, Oct. 9) the  story by Fred Davies on the pollution of Nanoose Bay, and was very encouraged by this news, since I had known about this debris for some time.

I try to visit these beautiful beaches every time I visit this area. Actually, I had been very surprised that no one had taken any action before. It is obvious that this wreckage is very damaging to the fragile ecology of the area. For instance, the Styrofoam is made of plastic and recent studies say that it will take approximately 2,000 years to decompose!

I applaud both Ruiz and deJong for taking this initiative of caring for this important area. I don’t know the political implications around this issue, and it is a shame that no one wants to take accountability for this damage.

What is obvious is that something must be done.

By the way, I just found that the current Nanoose Bay official community plan (OCP) states that “in recognition of the value the community places on protecting the natural environment of Nanoose Bay, the Nanoose Bay OCP recognizes that the environment is the broadest and most critical of issues considered in this OCP.”

As in many other cases in this region, I wonder if this is just another case of the big gap between being concerned about the environment versus taking some real action?

I urge all the local residents, from Parksville to Nanaimo, to send letters to your MP, to the First Nations, to your regional district, to the provincial and federal governments, and demand for action towards the cleaning of Nanoose Bay.

Enough with the talking. Please do something! 

Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega

Cortes Island

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