False Creek could be open for public swimming by summer 2018

May 30 2017, 11:31 pm

Would you go for a dip in False Creek?

It could soon become a reality as City Councillor Andrea Reimer will present a motion on Tuesday supporting a waterfront initiative for major natural waterways, including the Burrard Inlet, False Creek, Lost Lagoon, the Fraser River and Trout Lake.

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As a first step, the initiative would be focused on measures to make high use waterways in Trout Lake and False Creek safe for swimming before summer 2018.

The initiative aims to work with industry, senior levels of government, and local municipalities to create a thriving working waterfront.

It also intends to establish safe, accessible waterfront recreation, and rehabilitate the ecology in the water and along the shore, and restore traditional First Nation’s food sources.

However, ensuring safe swimming in False Creek could be a challenge as high levels of E.coli have been reported in the body of water in the past.

And in July 2015, E.coli levels in False Creek were six times higher than what is considered safe.

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