Drayton Harbor Projects
Humans are not the only organisms that can
contribute bacterial pollution to our waters. Birds and other
warm-blooded animals are also fecal coliform contributors. Drayton
Harbor is a wonderful place for waterfowl and thousands of birds can be
seen in and around the harbor. The presence of seafood processors on
the wharves can concentrate the birds into a very small area, which can
result in large amounts of waste going into the harbor in a
concentrated area. Seals use the floating breakwater at the Semiahmoo
Marina as a haul-out. Having the haul-out may increase the number of
seals within the harbor, thereby increasing the likelihood that they
may be contributing to the pollution problem.
Pets are a big part of our lives. Their waste also
can have a huge impact on water quality. People walk their pets on
tideflats, along rivers and streams, through woods and fields and many
do not think about the effect their animal's waste can have on water
quality when it rains and it gets washed into the nearest stream or the
tide comes in and washes it off the beach.
Mitts Program - In the spring of 2001, three mutt mitt
stations were set up along Marine Drive to allow pet owners an easy way
to pick up after their pets. From April 2001 to April 2004, 18,650
mitts were used, keeping at least 15 trillion fecal coliform bacteria
out of the harbor.
Municipal Sewer Systems