A recent CBC News report indicated that “more than 205-billion litres of raw sewage and untreated waste water spewed into Canada's rivers and oceans last year.” If you are a reporter covering environment, infrastructure, or municipal issues, then the dumping of untreated wastewater will be of interest to your readers.
Untreated wastewater is one of the largest sources of pollution in Canada. Unless wastewater management practices improve, many communities in Canada will not have access to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. This means that the Government of Canada should ensure funds earmarked for infrastructure support projects that lead to tangible improvements to water quality and improve people’s quality of life.
“Clean water needs to be the top priority for infrastructure investment,” says Mark Mattson, an environmental lawyer, Waterkeeper, and president of Swim Drink Fish Canada.
Mark Mattson is a prominent environmental lawyer who spent the last 15 years building a network of successful community-focused environmental initiatives across Canada. He is an expert on federal environmental law and has witnessed first-hand the impact sewage pollution has on urban and rural communities.
For more information or to arrange an interview:
Swim Drink Fish Canada/ Lake Ontario Waterkeeper