When the most senior organizations of the most knowledgeable nations, namely a committee of Congress and a Royal Commission, both state that long outfalls protect the environment as well as or better than secondary treatment, it is appalling that Capital Regional District board members still do not acknowledge the fact.
The best overall summary is an article in the Canadian Institute of Civil Engineering Journal that "provided they are well-designed, ocean outfalls generally present fewer environmental problems than land-based treatment and this is obvious when the complete environmental picture is studied for both types of facility."
So it is.
Ted Dew-Jones, P.Eng.
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