Report: Toronto Harbour Rife with Waste After Combined Sewer Overflow

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Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW), a Swim Drink Fish Initiative, has released findings from its Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program.

After testing water quality for four months, the organization described finding “a disturbing amount of sewage” in Toronto’s Inner Harbour the result of combined sewer outfalls. During the summer of 2018, Waterkeeper staff and volunteers documented a consistent pattern of high levels of E. coli and sewage debris in several locations in the Toronto Harbour.

Volunteers collect samples from Toronto Harbour. Credit: LOW“More people are using the water than ever before. Torontonians need their lake to be swimmable, drinkable, fishable—not just in a few special places but across the entire waterfront. Our recommendations are intended to help the City of Toronto restore the Harbour and protect public health,” said Mark Mattson, president and waterkeeper, Swim Drink Fish.

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