River cleanup sets sights on Gill Road messes

The Chilliwack Progress, Jessica Peters - March 21, 2018

Annual Fraser River cleanup looking for volunteers for Chilliwack-area event

Garbage along the Fraser River that was cleaned up at last year’s annual Fraser River Cleanup. This year’s event is being held on March 24. (Submitted to The Chilliwack Progress)

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Reconnecting with our local waterways

The Vancouver Sun, Lauren Brown Hornor - March 21, 2018

A picture taken on March 20, 2013 in Marseille, France, shows a drop of water that reflected a map of the Earth. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to draw attention to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. (GERARD JULIEN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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Volunteers pitch in to clean up big mess in Chilliwack River Valley

 

The Chilliwack Progress, Paul J. Henderson - December 19, 2017

Folks from sports angling and water protection groups get together for “hot spot” cleanup

Volunteers clean up garbage at a site on Sweltzer Creek just upriver from the Vedder Bridge in the Chilliwack River Vallley on Dec. 18. (Alyssa Cowles photo)

 

 

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Citizen Science Investigation on East False Creek Reveals Flowing Pipes

 

Led by our Swimmable Water Specialist, Julie Porter, Fraser Riverkeeper’s Citizen Science Team has been conducting water sampling at several points within False Creek to establish baseline data on recreational water quality and identify pollution hot-spots in downtown Vancouver’s most centralized water body. A report of our findings from this summer is coming out this Fall.

 

 

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Fraser Riverkeeper's Recommendations for a Swimmable Vancouver

Vancouver is buzzing with excitement at the prospect of making False Creek, the heart of downtown, swimmable. This possibility is not only desirable, it’s doable. We can build on the momentum of other major cities that have successfully made once-polluted urban waterways swimmable. Most notably, and remarkably, Paris has opened its once-polluted Canal to swimmers this summer. Chicago, Washington and Boston are all actively working to make formerly garbage-laden and polluted urban waterways safe and clean for public swimming. While the Clean Water Act in the US has been the catalyst for clean-ups in most American cities, we all share this truth: our cities and citizens are passionate about having clean, living rivers flowing through their downtowns.

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Celebrating our connection with the coast at Britannia Shipyards

Richmond News, Paula Carlson - July 20, 2017

Newest exhibit at Britannia Shipyards showcases city’s fishing heritage and ocean sustainability

Brooke Lees, curator of Our Coastal Connections, a new exhibit at Britannia Shipyards, emphasizes the educational aspect of the maritime display. Photo by Joel Baziuk.

 

 

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Sayonara, Sockeye Salmon

 

 

School’s out and the summer is just beginning for many, but the sockeye salmon migration season has ended for the Salmon Early Marine Survival Program (SEMSP).

 

 

 

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Connecting People through Water

“Without good water we don’t have a good quality of life”

BC's rivers, lakes and coastline are an integral part of our lives on the west coast. Watching people paddling under the setting sun at MEC Big Chop; hearing people's powerful memories on the water at beach-clean ups; and being involved in Our Water BC during the provincial election has made us realize how deeply passionate people are about water--our life source. At Fraser Riverkeeper, we believe that a swimmable, drinkable, and fishable future begins with community. When citizens are engaged on local water issues and have the resources and tools in order to take action, boil water, swimming and fishing advisories will be things of the past. 

 

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Burger, Beer, and a Movie


Jack_with_Mystic_photo_(1).jpgFree range grass fed beef burgers, cold craft beer, Jack Johnson and an amazing cause -- what’s not to love? FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeeper, two Vancouver-based non-profits hand-picked by Jack Johnson’s All At Once Social Action Network, recently teamed up for a public screening of The Smog of the Sea. The documentary is directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso).

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BREAKING: Vancouverites deserve real-time sewage reporting, now: Fraser Riverkeeper launches #SwimmableVancouver campaign

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June 27, 2017 –

 

VANCOUVER – Fraser Riverkeeper has launched a campaign demanding for real-time reporting and public transparency on raw sewage discharges into Vancouver’s waterways. The launch of the Swimmable Vancouver campaign coincides with the release of Swim Drink Fish Canada’s Canada Beach Report, the first-ever comparative study of Canadian recreational water quality.

The report finds that with few exceptions, provinces and territories do not notify the public in the event of a sewage bypass that could increase contamination of recreational waters.

It also reveals that most provinces and territories do not issue rain advisories to recreational water users to ensure that they avoid contact with contaminated water. 

According to Swim Guide, a free water quality app provided by Swim Drink Fish Canada, recreationalists should stay out of urban waters for at least 48 hours following a heavy rainfall event. This is because rainwater picks up oil, heavy metals, fertilizers, litter and other pollutants as it flows through our streets and into the storm drains. 

In Vancouver, many of these storm drains are connected to sewer systems. During heavy rainfalls, the raw sewage and pollutants overwhelm barriers intended to direct contaminated water into waste water treatment plants. Instead, the toxic water overflows into the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River, untreated. 

In 2014, Metro Vancouver pled guilty to a violation of Section 36 of the Fisheries Act due to a release of untreated sewage into the Burrard Inlet at Brockton Point.

“We’re thrilled that the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks Board are taking action to improve water quality and restore fish habitat”, said Lauren Hornor, Fraser Riverkeeper’s Executive Director. 

“However, as we work collectively to clean up our waters, the public needs to know when a sewage overflow or bypass has occurred in real time -- not in a yearly report that won’t be released for months.”

Riverkeeper’s Swimmable Vancouver campaign urges Mayor Gregor Robertson to work with City engineers to provide real-time reporting on sewage discharges and bypasses into the Burrard Inlet -- including False Creek -- and the Fraser River. 

In May of this year, the City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston launched the first real-time sewage overflow tracking system in Canada.  The City of Toronto is now also issuing sewage bypass alerts.

To show your support of the Swimmable Vancouver campaign, Fraser Riverkeeper encourages the public to send a letter via our Swimmable Vancouver campaign page. By the end of the summer, the organization hopes to have 10,000 letters sent to decision makers.

For more information on the Canada Beach Report, please contact Swim Guide Manager Gabrielle Parent-Doliner: gabrielle@theswimguide.org

  

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Media Inquiries:

Lauren Hornor

Executive Director,

Fraser Riverkeeper

E: lauren@fraserriverkeeper.ca

P: 604.674.7444

 

Charly Caproff

Water Literacy Coordinator,

Fraser Riverkeeper

E: charly@fraserriverkeeper.ca

P: 778.868.2583

 

Matt Chisholm

Swim Drink Fish Community Coordinator,

Swim Drink Fish Canada

E: mattc@waterkeeper.ca

P: 416.861.1237

 

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