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Protect Howe Sound

We launched our campaign to Protect Howe Sound with a flotilla in August 2017. Check it out:

Howe Sound is a place of wild beauty, right next door to the bustling city of Vancouver, B.C. After decades of recovery efforts and millions in taxpayer dollars, Howe Sound is coming back to life. The herring have returned, and with them, the salmon, dolphins, and whales have returned.

Howe Sound and its watersheds provides critical ecosystem services valued at $7.5 billion annually, including: food, clean water, a stable climate, protection from natural disasters, and a place to relax, recreate, and reconnect with nature.

All of this is threatened by several heavy industrial projects proposed for Howe Sound, including Woodfibre LNG and its associated FortisBC pipeline, and the Burnco gravel mine. We don’t want to keep fighting these projects one by one, so we decided to launch a new campaign to Protect Howe Sound for future generations. Our first step is to raise awareness about the importance of Howe Sound, and to build community-based support to protect it that can influence policy.

 

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  • Oily Bardge
    commented 2019-09-13 14:16:43 -0700
    The breakwater that sunk in Horseshoe Bay in February was partially filled with oil and it’s still sitting on the bottom of the bay. The Sewell’s have been dumping oil in there for decades, going all the way back to their Queen Charlotte fishing lodge when they had a ton of leftover oil that they had to bring down the coast.

    Eric Sewell reported it to Environment Canada and they said to leave it. The barge had been leaking water through cracks for a long time and that’s likely why it went down. EC is apparently concerned that if they try to lift it, it will break apart.

    The barge is now sitting on its side on the bottom of the bay. The hatches are at the bottom so the oil isn’t actively leaking out. Concrete is porous so the oil is likely to slowly leach out into the environment.

    Apparently the brake water was never insured because it wasn’t insurable.

    To suck it out would cost would apparently cost ~1.4 million
  • emily brazill
    commented 2017-10-29 06:41:00 -0700
    Being a member of Camp Suzuki – I know that Howe Sound is an area that we must protect.