Stop Releasing Raw Sewage Into Rivers and Oceans

Target: Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna

Goal: Eliminate water contamination by untreated waste.

In 2015, Canadian businesses and provincial, municipal, and territorial governments discharged over 205 billion liters of raw sewage and wastewater into Canada’s rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans. This was an increase of almost 2 percent from the previous year and represents a failure of 2012 Canadian governmental standards aimed at reducing pollution. This pollution threatens marine and freshwater ecosystems throughout Canada as well as health in nearby communities. There have been reports of toilet paper washing up on beaches and a number of bodies of water have been contaminated by fecal bacteria.

The federal government has committed $2 billion to upgrade wastewater treatments systems in communities. However, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities–an umbrella organization representing Canadian cities and towns–estimates that its membership needs at least $18 billion to address the problem. Many smaller communities in Canada lack the resources to fund their own water treatment systems. Sign our petition and demand that the Canadian government develop an effective plan to reduce and eliminate this pollution.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister McKenna

Canadian municipalities discharged 205 billion liters of raw sewage and wastewater into Canadian waterways, seas, and oceans. Despite standard passed under Stephen Harper, the amount of raw sewage and untreated wastewater released increased by almost 2 percent last year. This waste threatens coastal and freshwater ecosystems and is also a threat to public health with waterways contaminated with

Canadian municipalities discharged 205 billion litres of raw sewage and wastewater into Canadian waterways, seas, and oceans. Despite standard passed under Stephen Harper, the amount of raw sewage and untreated wastewater released increased by almost 2 percent last year. This waste threatens coastal and freshwater ecosystems and is also a threat to public health with waterways contaminated with fecal bacteria near Canadian communities.

So far the federal government has committed to $2 billion for municipalities to upgrade wastewater treatment systems. However, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has estimated that its membership needs at least $18 billion to upgrade wastewater treatment infrastructure. Canadian water resources and coastal ecosystems are a key part of the Canadian economy, and often the sole source of income for many communities. I urge you to formulate a plan to eliminate this waste and end the pollution of Canadian waterways and oceans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: eutrophication & hypoxia

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