How do we clean up the ocean floor?

I’m sick and tired of hearing the words “clean up.” The words I’m waiting to hear are “how do we clean up the ocean floor?”


I’m sick and tired of hearing the words “clean up.”

The words I’m waiting to hear are “how do we clean up the ocean floor?”

If that was possible, we would have cleaned up from World War II a long time ago!

We all know what we have in our harbour — thousands of boom chains, bundle straps and 10 feet of wood waste. Where do you want to start?

We are lucky we have, at least, six freshwater creeks that flush out our harbour on a daily basis. We have never really lost our sea life.

I say, “’till I see an engineer’s papers saying how he intends to clean up Ladysmith harbour, someone is definitely dreaming in technicolour.”

By the way, I have only lived here 65 years!

I am a person who puts his money where his mouth is — any engineer, from coast to coast, who comes up with a plan that is believable, doable and affordable can pick up a cheque for $1,000! This only applies to clean up, not cover up!

Cleaning up the ocean floor, any I have heard of or seen, has been nil. If there have been, it would have been front-page news! We do hear of certain things being salvaged, at a very high cost.

All is not lost!

We have a lot of clubs and organizations that do a great job of cleaning up our creeks and rivers, which I am proud to be part of. We get ‘dam’ little help from our government. If it wasn’t for these clubs, etc., it is hard to imagine what the situation would look like.

It is only Mother Nature, that I know of, that can clean up our harbour. She likes to take her time, to do a good job, and that’s only if we don’t make it more difficult by polluting even more.

This will never happen in a hundred years!

Jim Szasz


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