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B.C. Invests $80M in Emergency Preparedness, Flood Mitigation

March 30, 2017 - 8:33 am

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) has announced that it will be administering a new funding program to enhance the resiliency of local governments and residents for effective emergency response. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is part of an $80 million investment from B.C.’s...

Hamilton Signs Agreement for Wastewater Biosolids Processing Facility

March 30, 2017 - 7:31 am

The City of Hamilton’s new facility to treat the biosolids resulting from the city’s wastewater treatment process is moving ahead. The city has signed an agreement with Harbour City Solutions, the company that will ultimately deliver the project. This public-private-partnership is also supported...

Timmins' Director of Public Works and Engineering Resigns

March 29, 2017 - 8:45 am

Luc Duval has resigned his position as director of Public Works and Engineering with the City of Timmins, effective as of April 10, 2017. Duval has been an employee of the City of Timmins since June 25, 2007. He began his career with the city as director of Public Works and Engineering and has provided...

Tags: asset management, Capital Projects, city works, infrastructure, sewage, sewer, stormwater, wastewater treatment, water treatment

Guelph Asset Management Plan Shows $271M in Water Infra. Backlog

March 29, 2017 - 8:16 am

City Council for Guelph, Ontario, unanimously endorsed the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Policy at March 27th meeting of the council. The plan will help manage infrastructure backlog, including for water, wastewater, and stormwater assets. This was the city’s first...

Tags: asset management policy, asset mangement, drinking water, infrastructure

Man. March Flood Outlook: Slightly Reduced

March 29, 2017 - 7:36 am

The Province of Manitoba released its March flood outlook on the 24th, which stated that levels of spring flooding continue to be dependent on future weather conditions. However, the outlook also suggested that the risk of overland flooding is slightly reduced since the February outlook, though it remains...

Tags: Assiniboine River, Canada-Manitoba Flood Mitigation Program, Fisher River, flood, flooding, Man., Manitoba, MB, overland flooding, Pembina River, Red River, Roseau River, Souris River

$3M Grant for Ducks Unlimited Canada to Protect Prairie Wetlands

March 28, 2017 - 8:03 am

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3-million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect more than 8,000 hectares of wetlands and grasslands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird...

Tags: grassland, grasslands, waterfowl, wetland protection, wetlands

New Westminster Receives $5.5M for Sewer Separation

March 28, 2017 - 7:24 am

The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, has been awarded over $5.5 million from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for the Sapperton Combined Sewer Separation project, one of the 144 projects recently announced by the provincial and federal governments. "On behalf of the City of New...

Tags: combined, combined sewer overflow, contaminants, effluent, infrastructure, stormwater, stormwater infrastructure

New President and CAO of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

March 27, 2017 - 9:56 am

The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is pleased to announce the selection of John Dickert as the organization's next president and chief administrative officer. Dickert will succeed David Ullrich, who will step down from his position this...

Tags: bi-national, Canada-U.S. border, Canada-US, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Lake Superior, shared waters, transboundary water

High Concentration of Microplastic Fibres in Ottawa River

March 27, 2017 - 8:30 am

A new study led by researchers at Carleton University has found that microplastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Of 62 open water samples and 10 sediment samples, the researchers found that the concentration of microplastic per 100 litres of water was 0.1 fragments...

Tags: micro-plastic, micro-pollutants, microbead, Microbeads, microplastic, microplastics, micropollutants, ON, Ont.

November 6–8, 2017: QUEST 2017 — Smart Energy Communities on the Hill

March 24, 2017 - 11:02 am

Where: Ottawa, Ont. Organization: Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) Website:

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