Fish and invertebrates
The Georgia Basin is home to many fish and invertebrates, which make up the basis for aquatic (water) food webs. Invertebrates in the Georgia Basin range from the tiny shrimp-like
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The Pacific Region Contaminants Atlas, is an online resource tool to explore environmental contaminant topics in British Columbia, Canada. The industrialized and urbanized Georgia Basin, situated in the southwestern corner of British Columbia, is a key area of concern. Information sharing is key to the effective decision-making by stakeholders. This Atlas provides access to scientific and technical information to support such decision-making.
To address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, from the general public to researchers and regulators, the PRCA provides information on environmental contaminants at various levels of detail. The sections of the Atlas provide brief summaries of topics of interest; however, if desired, more detailed information can be accessed through links to fact sheets and other websites.
Many human activities release environmental contaminants into the Georgia Basin. When the concentrations of these contaminants become harmful to a plant, animal or its habitat, they are referred to as pollutants. Pollution can be called point source pollution or non-point source pollution. Examples of point source pollution include a pipe discharging dirty water into a river or the ocean, or a smokestack releasing dark smoke into the air. Examples of non-point source pollution include the many farms, homes and industries that use pesticides and fertilizers on crops, gardens, lawns and forests.
What can you do
Every person living in the Georgia Basin (and beyond) needs to understand how his or her daily activities can be good or bad for the environment. Harmful activities can include:
- Using pesticides or fertilizers on our gardens and lawns.
- Using harmful household chemicals such as cleaning products.
- Buying products made in countries far away and that need to be transported great distances by container ships to get to our stores.
- Driving cars or trucks that leak oil.