To progress management of the issues in Brentwood Bay, the District proposed a collaborative approach with other jurisdictions. The CRD has agreed to manage a service and work with the peninsula municipalities.
In March 2021, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw 4391: Saanich Peninsula Waterways Environmental Action Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2020 at the request of North Saanich, Sidney and Central Saanich.
The new service will provide a forum to bring First Nations, community groups and all levels of government together to collaborate on solutions and coordinate roles and responsibilities for action.
The service will not have regulatory authority but will dedicate effort and attention through public outreach and engagement, advocacy, pursuit of specific projects and coordination of any local government actions.
You can read about the service on the CRD's website.
Reporting concerns about vessels in Brentwood Bay
Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment.
If you see a boat that looks abandoned, you can help. Go to: Abandoned Boats | CRD
Sewage dumping from private vessel
Oil or fuel leak
Navigational hazard or blocks other boats from the waterway
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Vessel pollution is enforced by Transport Canada and the Coast Guard, via the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulation, which requires all vessels to: have a marine sanitation device or discharge three nautical miles from shore; use a holding tank and a pump out station; or use temporary storage and dispose of safely elsewhere.
Coast Guard 24/7
Coast Guard 24/7
Call 911 for emergency services if:
- lives are in danger
- there is a maritime emergency
- you’ve seen suspicious activities
- the vessel is an immediate and serious threat to public safety because of fire or explosion