Victoria finally votes to end sewage into the Straits

6/10 Associated Press -Greater Victoria to stop flushing untreated sewage in sea-By PHUONG LE-The Associated Press

After years of bad publicity — including a campaign by “Mr. Floatie” — the British Columbia capital of Victoria plans to stop pouring millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the marine waters between Vancouver Island and Washington state.

Regional politicians last week approved a $1.2 billion plan to build four treatment plants to handle about 34 million gallons of raw sewage that Victoria and six suburbs pump into the Strait of Juan de Fuca each day. The cities are home to about 300,000 people.

“It’s the first time we’ve had the region say, ‘It’s the direction we’re going to go in,’ ” said Christianne Wilhelmson, with the Georgia Strait Alliance, which has pushed for sewage treatment for years.

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