Sewage outflow makes for poor tourist draw

Re: the proposed Bowser sewage disposal project.

Firstly, I am totally surprised that the RDN would come up with such a proposal and totally outraged that they would even consider the idea of disposing tons of sewage, which has only first and second tertiary treatment, when it should have first, second and third tertiary treatments, into the Salish Sea, with the outfall being routed in the vicinity of Nile Creek Road in Qualicum Bay.

I do believe we are now living in the 21st century, not the 18th century. While many, many organizations are trying desperately to clean up our oceans, here in Area H on Vancouver Island, the Regional District of Nanaimo chair and the board members are doing the very opposite and proposing to run a sewage pipe directly into the ocean in the area of Qualicum Bay. This is a tourist area. Who would want to swim or snorkel or even catch salmon in such polluted water? I feel the tourist trade will diminish over time.

In view of the fact that two oyster farms have been recently closed by federal authorities, one off the west coast of Denman Island and one in Deep Bay, due to an outbreak of norovirus (maybe resulting from human fecal matter) and an outbreak of cholera near the French Creek facility, I feel this is the perfect time for the director of the RDN, Mr. Veenhof, and his merry band of helpers to totally abandon their plan for disposing of the sewage from the village of Bowser into the ocean and devise a new, cleaner and more up-to-date plan for the sewage to be treated on land.

Greta Taylor

Bowser

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