Keeping an Eye on Sewage Overflows in False Creek

If you followed our work with the False Creek Water Monitoring Program this summer you know that we dove a bit deeper into how the water quality in False Creek stands up to Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines. And if you checked out our First Season Report, you saw that we were surprised—and relieved—by how often our samples from False Creek West and False Creek Central met the guidelines. Our curiosity was piqued in the fall when we spotted something fishy on November 1st in Stamps Landing.

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First Season Report of Our False Creek Water Monitoring Program

False_Creek_WM.jpgThis summer (2018) we launched the False Creek Water Monitoring Program, a new citizen science initiative by Fraser Riverkeeper and Swim Drink Fish Canada. The program built on our previous Burrard Inlet and False Creek monitoring in 2017 and established a robust monitoring hub, equipped with an in-house lab on Granville Island.

After five months of sampling, we are thrilled to share the First Season Report of our False Creek Water Monitoring Program with our supporters, water recreation users, and the general public who, like us, care deeply for the health of the heart of Vancouver. Read on to find an overview of our program and findings or access the report by clicking here

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Introducing Water Literacy Wednesdays!

pleaseupload.jpgIf someone asked you what watershed you live in, would you be able to tell them? How about if someone asked where your drinking water is sourced from? Or, if someone asked you where your nearest waterbody is located and the fish species you might find swimming in it?

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False Creek Water Monitoring Program

False_Creek.jpgLast week, we told you about the complicated story behind "water safety" in False Creek and the steps you can take to make an informed decision about whether or not to get IN or ON the water. While we can't tell you if the water is "safe" or "unsafe", here is what we are doing to provide you with the information you need to make such a decision.

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The Complicated Story Behind "Water Safety" in False Creek

 Every summer, Vancouverites contact us to find out if it is safe to swim in False Creek. False Creek is an incredible waterbody that passes through the heart of the city and a hub for water recreation. It's the meeting point for dragon boat teams and likely houses the dock where you slide into a kayak for the first time. It's no wonder citizens seek more information about the safety of the water quality here, we're always out on the water.

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Vancouver: Warmer temperatures may mean more beach closures

The Vancouver Sun, Denise Ryan - August 14, 2018

Climate change may be to blame for beach closures in Metro Vancouver.

A woman reads a book Tuesday at Sunset Beach in Vancouver. No-swimming advisories were lifted Tuesday afternoon at Sunset and nearby English Bay Beach but a similar warning remains in effect for Jericho Beach. Photo courtesy of Arlen Redekop 

 

 

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Most Metro Van beaches reopened in time for long weekend

 

CTV Vancouver - August 3, 2018

Bacteria levels have subsided enough at Kitsilano Beach to make the water safe for swimming, health officials announced ahead of the B.C. Day long weekend.

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5 Benefits of Getting Out On the Water

 

The long weekend is coming up and what better way to celebrate BC Day than by reconnecting to the waters that help make us "Beautiful British Columbia”. Here are 5 reasons why getting out on the waters of BC has great benefits.

 

 

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A New Beginning with an Old Favourite!

 

In the City of Kingston, Ontario, an inspiring restoration project is inviting the public to jump back into the water.

Photo courtesy of Claude Cormier et Associés.

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Don't Fret! It's Not What You Think

 

Many of our amazing supporters have recently brought something of concern to our attention. Off the coast of Deep Cove, Stanley Park, and Bowen Island, there have been sightings of a red mixture in the water.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Sweeney. 

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