The Strait of Juan de Fuca (U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

The Strait of Juan de Fuca (U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

Kilmer: Canadian sewage in Strait of Juan de Fuca a ‘mess’

  • By Wire Service
  • Friday, July 15, 2016 5:35am
  • Local News

Peninsula Daily News

WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee passed Tuesday a bill that includes a provision authored by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer seeking to make progress on the dumping of raw sewage from Canada into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The report accompanying the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes language encouraging the U.S. State Department to work with Canadian counterparts on a solution to Victoria’s sewage problem.

“It’s time for Canada to take care of this mess,” Kilmer said.

“I grew up in Port Angeles, right across the water from Victoria. So it concerns me when after many years, raw sewage from Canada continues to end up right in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

“This provision is part of my ongoing effort to bring our Canadian partners to the table so we can find a solution and ensure this does not impact our shared waters any longer.”

The recently reorganized wastewater treatment board in British Columbia is currently reviewing proposed plans for two sewage treatment plants in the region.

The Victoria area, home to 300,000 people, has pumped effluent into the waters across from Washington state for years.

Last March, Kilmer urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find a solution to the sewage problem.

His comments came during a meeting between the prime minister and seven members of the House of Representatives.

In 2015, Kilmer authored language asking the State Department to work with Canadian counterparts on a solution to the sewage problem.

Previous efforts

He previously led members of the Washington state delegation in an effort to call on the British Columbia premier to move forward in addressing the issue, saying it poses a risk to fisheries, businesses and healthy waters.

On Tuesday, Kilmer also authored report language calling for the U.S. State Department and other agencies involved in negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty to begin working on it this year.

For the past 50 years, the U.S. and Canada have used the Columbia River Treaty as the blueprint for coordinating hydropower generation and flood control on the Columbia River system.

In 2014, Kilmer joined all other lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho in urging President Barack Obama to make the future of the Columbia River Treaty a priority for his administration.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Fraudulent 1999 Pokémon cards Iosif “Joe” Bondarchuk and Anthony Curcio sold to an undercover law enforcement purchaser in July 2023. (Photo provided by the DOJ USAO Southern District of New York)
Counterfeit Pokémon cards, a $2M scheme, and a getaway by inner tube

It was the latest stranger-than-fiction caper tied to ex-Monroe star athlete Anthony Curcio, accused of forging mint grades for rare cards.

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road in Mukilteo. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mukilteo Speedway name change is off to a bumpy start

The city’s initial crack at renaming the main drag got over 1,500 responses. Most want to keep the name.

Lynnwood
Suspected DUI crash injures trooper on I-5 north in Lynnwood

WSP spokesperson said two suspected impaired drivers have crashed into a state trooper in the past 24 hours.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Highway 529 closure between Everett and Marysville delayed by weather

The key alternative route to I-5 was slated to be fully closed overnight Saturday. Now, June 8 is being circled as the date.

Benson Boone (Photo provided by AEG Presents)
Taylor Swift taps Monroe HS grad Benson Boone to open London show

Boone, 21, has become a global pop star since his “American Idol” stint in 2021. “Beautiful Things” is the biggest song in the world.

News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.
Mill Creek man accused of crashing into taxi in Seattle, killing woman

King County prosecutors charged Aboubacarr Singhateh with vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.

Grayson Huff, left, a 4th grader at Pinewood Elementary, peeks around his sign during the Marysville School District budget presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
State OKs Marysville plan with schools, jobs on chopping block

The revised plan would mean the loss of dozens of jobs and two schools — still to be identified — in a school district staring down a budget crunch.

The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Here’s your chance to give feedback on the US 2 trestle and its future

Often feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and on shaky ground? So is the trestle. A new $17 million study seeks solutions for the route east of Everett.

Rep. Suzanne DelBene and Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright walk past a future apartment development during a tour and discussion with community leaders regarding the Mountlake Terrace Main Street Revitalization project on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
As Mountlake Terrace grows, so does housing around light rail

City officials lauded a new apartment complex and accepted a $850,000 check, as Mountlake Terrace continues work on Town Center plan.

Edmonds City Council members answer questions during an Edmonds City Council Town Hall on Thursday, April 18, 2024 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edmonds favors joining South County Fire — but not ready to commit

The City Council voted 5-2 to make annexation its favored option. The city has 19 months before the current contract expires.

People gather for a color throw at Stanwood and Camano’s first-ever Pride celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Pride guide 2024

Celebrate love locally this June at one of the many Pride events happening across the county.

Snohomish School District Transportation Supervisor Karl Hereth backs up the district’s one electric school bus Thursday, March 6, 2024, at the district bus depot in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Sultan, Snohomish to get federal money for clean school buses

Local school districts are among more than 500 set to receive propane or electric buses, the White House announced on Wednesday.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.