Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gorge Waterway is safe for swimming

After some comments the other day from people about swimming in this region I thought I would dig up the data.  It turns out VIHA tests the water and the Gorge is open for swimming.

Turns out is doing well enough to support decent aquatic life including the rare Olympia Oysters.   In fact the Gorge Waterway has no closures I can find for shellfish, crab or fish.   The Victoria harbour has a limit - from DFO:

Dioxin contamination - Victoria Harbour
Consumption of crab hepatopancreas harvested in those waters of Victoria Harbour north of a line from Macaulay Point to the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point breakwater to a line from Chapman Point southwesterly to the opposite shore should not exceed 135 g/week.

Fishing is something you can see a lot of off of the Craigflower bridge.

The Gorge may have been a problem in the past, but that is no longer the case.   The Victoria Harbour still has issues, but the harbour area and the Gorge Waterway are not the same place.
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