Blue Water Task Force
Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) promotes understanding of water quality issues and advocates for solutions where necessary. Our chapter operated a pilot project to test Vancouver swimming beaches for enteroccocus bacteria in Summer 2011.
E. coli counts on Vancouver’s beaches can put you and your family at risk. when swimming, paddling or playing in the water.
Our current storm drain system is connected to untreated sewage piping. During sudden or heavy rains the system cannot handle the water flow causing a “bypass event” dumping raw sewage into our bays and inlets. Recognize that fowl smell during hot summer days in False Creek? The City of Vancouver website sets priorities for only certain parts of the city by 2020 and 2050.
We believe the water quality of all the places we play should be a higher priority for the City, Metro Vancouver and province of BC. We are excited to partner with Fraser Riverkeepers to share this live, interactive map of E. coli counts in Vancouver. You can download their free app or join our Blue Water Task Force team as a water quality program volunteer.
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Water quality advocacy
All water is connected. Rain and snow combine to make rivers and streams which flow out to the ocean where it is evaporated back into the atmosphere to start the whole process over again.
Water picks up biological and toxic contaminates as it makes its way from mountains and rivers to the ocean. Pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals used in farming can wreak havoc on downstream ecosystems.
Cities and other developed areas take their toll on water quality. Rain washes litter and other debris down storm drains and into our oceans. Rain also washes grease and oils off roads and highways and into our watersheds. Even seemingly harmless things, such as lawn clippings and pet droppings can result in dramatic increases in potentially dangerous bacteria in our coastal waters. Pet droppings not removed can cause dangerous levels of bacteria for swimmers at the same beach.