Following last summer’s dangerously high levels of E. coli in False Creek, the Vancouver Park Board has passed a new motion that asks people to do their part.
Vice-chair Sarah Kirby Yung says it was unanimously passed Monday night.
“It’s not legal to discharge without using a compost station. So we do ask Vancouverites if they see any appropriate activity, they let us know so we can follow up with those folks and make sure they’re following procedures.”
Kirby Yung says she’s hoping the campaign will kick off immediately.
It will focus on the boaters who illegally discharge their sewage directly in to False Creek.
Last August, False Creek was shown to have 26 times the acceptable bacterial count limit for swimmers.
E. coli is associated with fecal contamination from human and animal sources.
High levels of the bacteria can increase swimmers’ risk of gastro-intestinal illness.