West Coast Aquatic to examine Inlet water quality

Alberni Valley residents will soon have a better idea of what’s going into their inlet, thanks to West Coast Aquatic.

Alberni Valley residents will soon have a better idea of what’s going into their inlet, thanks to West Coast Aquatic.

The organization was awarded $90,000 from the RBC Blue Water Leadership Grant program, which seeks projects that improve water efficiency, increase water quality, and protect and remediate urban water ways.

“We’d applied for a couple years and weren’t able to get it prior. It’s a very competitive grant,” said WCA stewardship association executive director Sheena Falconer.

“This year we were fortunate enough to get it.”

The $90,000 grant will allow WCA to monitor outflows into the Alberni Inlet.

“We are going to be evaluating and monitoring water quality in the Inlet and then looking at ways we can potentially improve the quality,” said Falconer. The project will begin on June 2.

“We’re looking at storm drain runoff, liquid waste, industrial waste and hydrocarbons from boating.”

The project will be a year-long endeavour, Falconer added.

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