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 Substrate of the tidal zone was drastically changed during the industrial times and the construction of The Seawall. This has created a difficult environment for marine life to inhabit.
Sewage & Daywater
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 angle of the artificial tidal zone created when the Seawall was put in place, is suspected to contribute to excessive heating due to the angle towards the sun, and excessive drainage when the tide goes out.
Anchoring is well known to cause disturbances to the seabed. In an environment that is already hostile to its inhabitants, anchoring can make an already bad issue worse. By disturbing the seabed, toxic compounds that have settled in the silt can become waterborne again and harm marine life.
Unbeknown to most, False Creek once reached all the way into what is today Clark Dr. When the old logging industry left the area, a lot of the toxic byproducts were used as landfill to build downtown upon. Due to the geological profile of Vancouver, this toxic waste most likely leaches into the waters of False Creek every time it rains.
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