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How Upgrading the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant to “True Tertiary”  Would Fulfill a Legacy - Fraser Riverkeeper

How Upgrading the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant to “True Tertiary” Would Fulfill a Legacy - Fraser Riverkeeper

By Lauren Brown Hornor

Today, Fraser Riverkeeper submits its comments in support of Metro Vancouver’s proposal to upgrade Iona Plant to tertiary level of wastewater treatment. 

It takes time, resilience, patience, and leadership to build a community of people working for swimmable, drinkable fishable water.  

The recent announcement by Metro Vancouver that the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, after 57 years of functioning as a rudimentary primary treatment facility (discharging undertreated sewage directly into the Salish Sea), will be upgraded to a tertiary plant (one that has the potential to be truly protective of water quality and fish habitat), underscores how dedication, hard work and a team of passionate people can make a meaningful impact.

Following The Mighty Fraser

Following The Mighty Fraser

Deep in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia’s Mount Robson Provincial Park there is a dribbling spring. This backcountry stream forms the source of the mighty Fraser River, British Columbia’s longest and most prolific waterway.[1] 

What Do We Do With The Poo? Part 1: Boaters

What Do We Do With The Poo? Part 1: Boaters

By Imogene Broberg-Hull

Birds do it, bees do it…got a feeling even sailors on the high seas do it. Fall in love? No, I’m talking about poop.

As an initiative of Swim Drink Fish, Fraser Riverkeeper is dedicated to ensuring the right of all citizens to safely swim, drink, and fish in BC waters.

Volunteer

Volunteer

Our volunteers participate in shoreline cleanups and get trained as citizen scientists so they can help keep the public informed about local water quality. Sign up today!

Find Your Beach

Find Your Beach

Swim Guide is a free website and mobile app that helps you easily find your closest beaches, know which ones are clean for swimming, and report pollution concerns.

Vancouver Water Monitoring

Vancouver Water Monitoring

We monitor the water quality in False Creek year-round, ensuring that Vancouverites have recreational water quality information no matter the season.

Watermark Project

Watermark Project

The Watermark Project is a community effort to collect and archive true stories about the ways people interact with water, with the goal of archiving one story from every Canadian household.

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  • City of North Vancouver
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