Water quality testing and improvements for Seymour creeks

Starting June 2019, we are working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) and Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) on a water quality investigation and improvement project for Thomas Creek, Range Creek, and Taylor Creek.

These three creeks are a vital resource for the Tsleil-Waututh people. Clean, fresh water from the creeks is used to support healthy populations of indigenous plants and fish, as well as cultural and ceremonial activities.

Project details

The creeks flow through urban areas including the Northlands Golf Course and TWN reserve land, before emptying into the Burrard Inlet.

As part of this collaborative project, our staff are examining the stormwater in our piped systems. TWN is collecting creek water samples for analysis and MVRD is performing testing along the Dollarton Highway sewer line.

Timeline

Work for this project will take place from June – September 2019.

Project background

Urban contaminants such as bacteria and metals are readily transported into sensitive natural creeks through our storm drain system. The presence of contaminants in creeks is harmful to the environment and a health and safety concern for our community.