Geese have been identified in multiple studies as troublesome to coastal ecosystems. Feeding activity, defecation and lack of natural predators all contribute to a growing problem.
The trash situation along Vancouver Seawall has deteriorated fast. Inadequate access to garbage bins, irresponsible park goers, and an unfiltered watershed are all contributing to massive amounts of trash ending up in the waters of False Creek every day.
Daywater & Sewage
The Vancouver watershed is massive. And most of the day water is completely unfiltered before it reaches False Creek. That means that every drop of oil, every piece of trash that gets dropped on the streets of Vancouver eventually ends up in False Creek.
The lack of shoreline vegetation around large parts of the seawall has made the seawall an unbearably hot place for both animals and sensitive residents. A lack of vegetation between seawall and sea has also made the seawall susceptible to wide-scale erosion and is suspected to have effected the near shore ecosystem through lack of habitat for birds and insects.
Most likely due to substrate and lack of vegetation, many parks around Vancouver become swampy during heavy rain. Without vegetation and deep roots, the water is unable to get into the ground and further into the vegetation that needs it. This can be observed by the large scale leaf droppings of trees during summer heat waves around Vancouver city, and the regular floodings during summer rains.
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