Protection should be sought for coast

Maple Bay – As your article of July 4 states, vessels can dump their sewage in Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, Chemainus and Ladysmith with the one restriction that they must be moving at a speed of at least four knots. If they cannot discharge at that speed, then the discharge must be made:

during an ebb tide, while the vessel is en route at the fastest feasible speed and into the deepest waters that are located the farthest from shore, or  while the vessel is en route at the fastest feasible speed and into the deepest and fastest moving waters that are located the farthest from shore.

A petition is in progress to have the Saanich Inlet designated a zone where no such dumping is allowed under any conditions in order to protect it from this pollution. The same protection should be sought for other coastal bays and inlets that do not flush easily with tidal action including Maple Bay, Genoa Bay and Cowichan Bay.

Justin Fryer

Maple Bay