Ottawa Dumps Raw Sewage Into River

Posted on October 25, 2007. Filed under: Personal Blog |

Original Mr. FloatieI long thought that Mr. Floatie (pictured, right) was an amusing Victoria phenomenon. But after attending a forum on the state of Ottawa’s Water, I’ve started to think that it may be time for Ottawans to consider such stunts to attract attention to our sewage disposal debacle. The forum was hosted by Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and Ottawa-Centre Liberal Candidate Penny Collenette. It included speakers from Pollution Probe, the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and the Ottawa Riverkeeper. The Riverkeeper’s presentation highlighted the fact that, as the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper puts it:

Ottawa city staff have admitted that only 75 per cent of sewage and storm water from a large section of downtown makes it to the municipality’s treatment centre. The remainder—about 400,000 cubic metres a year—is dumped untreated into the Ottawa River in contravention of provincial environment laws at five overflow sites in the downtown. (story via LexisNexis)

Counsellors have recognized the problem, but have so far balked at solving it, instead opting for (cheaper) stop-gap measures that leave Ottawa dumping sewage now and into the future, as with the effluent visible towards the bottom of this photograph:

This post is my contribution to the blog action day, an initiative to have bloggers from around the world post about the same subject on the same day. This year’s subject is ‘the environment’. Read entries from the 20,603 other blogs that participated:

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