After decades of debate and criticism from this side of the border, British Columbia has approved a plan that – if it’s funded – will end the dumping of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
B.C. provincial approval of the $738 (U.S.) million treatment proposal is the first step to getting federal and regional funding. If all goes as planned, a massive treatment system should be finished in 10 years or so.
Currently the Greater Victoria area dumps up to 34 million gallons of untreated sewage daily into the waters between B.C. and Washington state – tarnishing its image as an environmentally friendly tourist destination.
We’ve editorialized on this issue in the past, but kind of gave up on it. It didn’t look like B.C. was going to budge despite consistent “shame on you” editorials by most state newspapers.
Read the story about the plans in the B.C. Globe and Mail here.