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

Posted on March 30, 2017
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 Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure in disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness. Of the $80 million, $32 million will be allocated to UBCM for the CEPF. Funding is spread among programs and services for flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire [...]

Hamilton Signs Agreement for Wastewater Biosolids Processing Facility

Posted on March 30, 2017
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 through funding from PPP Canada for the design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance of the biosolids facility. The facility will take the nutrient-rich organic materials that result from the wastewater treatment process and turn them into pellets to be sold for fertilizer or fuel. Currently, the City of Hamilton produces about 38,500 [...]

Cross-Border Partnership Preserves Great Lakes Shoreline Area

Posted on March 29, 2017
Thanks to the cross-border collaboration of several organizations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Known as Big Trout Bay, the property is located just minutes from the international border, and 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior. Its densely forested land is crucial to several native species, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, which are assessed as special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The 1,018-hectare (2,517-acre) [...]

Mississauga Council Passes Resolution in Support of Great Lakes Initiatives

Posted on March 29, 2017
Mississauga City Council passed a resolution today in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Earlier this month, the White House Draft Budget included the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Direction from the White House also halted efforts to control invasive species, particularly Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes. “The Great Lakes contain 22.5 per cent of the world’s fresh water. Nearly 40 million people in both Canada and the United States [...]

Timmins' Director of Public Works and Engineering Resigns

Posted on March 29, 2017
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 operational leadership to what is the city’s largest department since then. Duval has overseen a number of water infrastructure projects in the course of his ten years, including the construction of a new Water Pollution Control Centre and upgrades to the city’s Mattagami River Wastewater Treatment Plant. “Luc has accepted [...]

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

Posted on March 29, 2017
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 asset management plan and outlines the processes and practices the city is undertaking to ensure its assets and services offer maximum value to the Guelph community. “Asset management protects and enhances the quality of life in Guelph by informing the best possible decisions for our assets—such as pipes, buildings, roads and parks,” [...]

Man. March Flood Outlook: Slightly Reduced

Posted on March 29, 2017
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 moderate to major across the province. Manitoba’s Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the outlook. “‎The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre continues to monitor precipitation, spring melt and inflows from the northern United States and the Souris River basin to the west,” said Pedersen.  “At this time [...]

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

Posted on March 28, 2017
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 Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands, and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many [...]

New Westminster Receives $5.5M for Sewer Separation

Posted on March 28, 2017
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 Westminster, I would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing this funding that will help us achieve our sewer separation goals in the Sapperton area," said Mayor Jonathan Coté. "The contribution from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will help ensure we are protecting our environment and [...]

Alberta Invests $9M in Land and Water Conservation

Posted on March 27, 2017
Working together with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners, the Alberta government has dedicated $9 million to protect ranchlands, river habitats, and watersheds in southern Alberta. Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects, including three large ranches to help keep ranchlands intact. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “It’s vital that we work together to prevent fragmentation and habitat loss on Alberta’s private land. Land trust organizations partner with landowners to safeguard Alberta’s unique landscape for future generations. By protecting wildlife [...]
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