Britannia Beach

Project Area Name: Britannia Beach

Project Manager Name: Nick Bowman

Contact: njl (dot) bowman (at) gmail (dot) com

Area Website: www.gue-bc.com

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The ex-CCGS Ready is an ex-Canadian Coast Guard Ship which sank in an unprepared fashion on January 17, 2011. It lies in approximately 15m of water near Britannia Bay, British Columbia. This is an interesting location, as this region of Howe Sound has long been polluted by runoff from the Britannia Copper Mine. This mine, in operation from 1904 to 1974, subjected Howe Sound to considerable acid rock drainage. Runoff treatment and remediation has been in the mine, which is within 1km of the wreck. The recent, unexpected arrival of the wreck as well as environmental clean-up represents a unique opportunity to observe a marine ecosystem that is reestablishing itself.

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