Noisewatch Online
Organization profile published 2005

Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX5772

NoiseWatch (formerly Citizens' Coalition Against Noise) was a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the negative effects of noise, founded in November 1994.

Abstract:  NoiseWatch (formerly Citizens' Coalition Against Noise) was a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the negative effects of noise, founded in November 1994. In order to ensure maximum effectiveness, we operate in a neutral manner. We provide information and assistance to anyone affected by noise pollution. NoiseWatch does not intervene or represent individual noise cases; instead we will listen, provide information, and send self-help guides on request. In listening to people's experiences, group members realized that the general public's health, use and enjoyment of their homes, and general quality of life, was suffering due to excessive noise. Further:
* Excessive noise exposure is a public health hazard and is just as important as air and water pollution.
* People are becoming less tolerant of excessive noise, particularly at home and in recreational areas.
* Government officials, landlords, business owners, and the public in general, do not know how to effectively deal with neighbour noise complaints or large scale noise problems such as: traffic (air/land), commercial and industrial noise, recreational noise, and outdoor maintenance, etc..
* The public in general, and government officials, including police, treat noise complaints as a low priority item or a non-issue. Many people state that officials brushed off complaints with "one person's noise is another person's music".

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