Water Quality


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.

Squatting Boats

The illegal dumping of trash and sewage, abandoning of boats, grounding and boat-on-boat collisions all contribute to the pollution of the waters of False Creek.

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.

Marine Dumping

For over 100 years False Creek was used as a dump site for industrial waste. Old logging industries used the waters to dispose of toxic material and boaters today still regularly dump their garbage over board, all contributing to a toxic seafloor.

Seabed Disturbance

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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