Victoria Sewage Fouls Washington-BC Relationship
UPDATE: Congressional Delegation Decries Victoria Sewage
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Members of Washington state's congressional delegation are calling on British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to expedite a plan to end the dumping of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The letter, sent Friday, was signed by Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Democratic Reps. Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck, Rick Larsen, Suzan DelBene, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith.
Gov. Jay Inslee sent a similar letter earlier in the week.
Last month, Clark's government refused to force the Victoria-area municipality of Esquimalt to accept the regional district's plans to locate a proposed $780-million treatment facility on the shores of the community.
The Victoria region's politicians have been scrambling ever since to develop a Plan B for sewage treatment.
June 13, 2014
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine have asked British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to ensure that a stalled sewage treatment project for Victoria moves forward. In a letter Tuesday the Washington political leaders said they were "dismayed" that Victoria still lacks any treatment beyond screening and that the raw sewage flows into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which connects to Puget Sound.
The letter reminds Clark of a tourism boycott in 1993 over the issue. There was an agreement to have sewage treatment in place by 2013. Plans were delayed and last week a deal for a treatment plant fell apart. The letter says it's a significant concern.
SEATTLE (AP) and KING5 - 06/12/2014
IIMAGE/Aerial viewof Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island, Canada