New 2020 Article
The following is an excerpt from the full updated article. Download the full 2020 article for all content and references.
PollutionTracker: monitoring contaminants in Átl’ḵa7tsem/ Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound
Excerpt from New 2020 article
PollutionTracker is a monitoring program launched by Ocean Wise Conservation Association in 2015 to measure and document levels and trends of contaminantsi in mussels (Mytilus species) and nearshore subtidalii sediment collected along the coast of B.C., including in Átl’ḵa7tsem/ Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound.
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Background: View looking towards the mouth of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound. (Credit: Tracey Saxby, Visual Science)
What can you do?
A detailed overview of recommended actions relating to climate change is included in The path to zero carbon municipalities. In some cases, no progress was identified on previous recommended actions; these remain listed below.
- Learn more about contaminants in the marine environment using the resources listed below.
- Reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals around the house and garden (for example, bleach, drain cleaner, ammonia, fertilizer containing nitrates, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides).
- Recycle and dispose of waste responsibly (City of Vancouver; District of Squamish).
- Follow fish consumption advisories from Health Canada (for example, mercury).
- Get involved! PollutionTracker is dependent on partner funding and involvement. If your community or organization is interested in becoming involved, please contact us at [email protected].
Government Action and Policy:
- Invest in monitoring and research to better understand the risks posed by marine contaminants.
- Develop regulations for new contaminants of concern to prohibit and control their production, use, and disposal.
- Share data and publish science to inform consumer decisions and responsible business planning.