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Park Board cautioning you to limit use of downtown beaches

April 9 2015

"Our Park Rangers and senior staff are doing everything they can around the clock to monitor impacts and assist our partners as requested,” said Park Board Chair John Coupar.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue boat

The Park Board is urging you and your pets to stay out of the water and avoid the high tide line at the beaches around English Bay until the impact of an oil spill last night can be assessed. Oil slicks were observed this morning in the water off those beaches.

Park rangers patrolling beaches

Park Board Rangers—in cooperation with the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team and health officials—are patrolling Sunset Beach, English Bay, Second, and Third beaches to inform everyone to stay away from the water until potential health and ecological impacts become clear.    

“We are very concerned about the fallout of this oil spill on our pristine beaches,” said Park Board Chair John Coupar. “Our park rangers and senior staff are doing everything they can around the clock to monitor impacts and assist our partners as requested.” 

The affect of the spill on wildlife

Park Board wildlife technicians earlier today observed four water birds with oiled feathers on the foreshore near Second Beach. The birds went back into the water before they could be assessed.

The Park Board again urges you to temporarily avoid use of water and activities in the high tide line until further notice. If oil spill impacts are noted, please call 311 to report.

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation will coordinate cleanup

The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) as directed by the Canadian Coastguard will be coordinating shoreline cleanup and our staff will assist as requested.

The WCMRC will also be assembling a science table—with Park Board representation—to develop the best plan for wildlife and shoreline cleanup.