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Gander Wastewater Treatment Gets a Green Light

Posted on February 15, 2017
Nearly five years of planning has finally paid off for the Town of Gander in Newfoundland. Federal, provincial, and municipal leaders announced that over $22 million in joint funding would go towards a new wastewater treatment plant to address community growth. The project will greatly increase the performance and capacity of Gander’s wastewater treatment system. The new wastewater treatment plant and over 2.5 kilometres of new piping to transport wastewater from the Magee sewage treatment plant will ensure that the municipality can meet federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations. The federal government will provide $11.68 [...]

Halifax to Mandate Wastewater Energy in Redevelopment

Posted on February 7, 2017
Halifax regional council’s Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee (ESSC) will pursue a mandate that anything built in its Cogswell Interchange redevelopment be powered by energy captured from a nearby wastewater treatment facility, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Thermal energy from the Harbour Solutions Wastewater Treatment Facility would be used to power a district energy system (DES), a system that heats of cools water that can then be used to regulate heating, hot water, and air conditioning. According to a 2013 report produced for the Halifax Regional Council by The Strategic Urban Partnership [...]

Tidal Turbine Case Opens in N.S. Supreme Court

Posted on February 2, 2017
Nova Scotia Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the installation of a five-story tidal turbine in Minas Passage, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. According to a CBC News article, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association is challenging the project’s approval based on a lack of relevant data on the environmental impact of the turbine’s installation. The association believes that the installation of the turbine will have a detrimental effect on the commercial fishing industry in the region. The Nova Scotia Department of Environment and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved the project [...]

New Brunswick Selects Water Strategy Working Group

Posted on January 27, 2017
New Brunswick has announced a working group to help provide recommendations to the government and direct a provincial water strategy. The announcement came today from Serge Rousselle, Q.C., Minister of Environment and Local Government and Attorney General for the province. “Last year, during engagement sessions held by the department to develop a provincial water strategy, it became evident that one of the main concerns for New Brunswickers was having a clear and concise management framework for watershed management,” said Rousselle. “That is why our government has struck a technical working group to begin looking at this [...]

Nearly $4M for New Brunswick Wastewater Facility

Posted on January 23, 2017
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have announced investment of nearly $4 million dollars into a replacement wastewater treatment plant for the village of Chipman. Announced by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, the federal government will provide up to 50 per cent of the funding for the Chipman project, just over $1.7 million, and the province will provide more than $892,000. The municipality will provide the balance of funding. "New Brunswickers want their government to invest in projects that will create more jobs. Funding infrastructure [...]

Climate Change-Water Vulnerabilities Identified for Three St. John River Communities

Posted on January 19, 2017
Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change. The results have made clear that, already, these communities iare experiencing the harmful impacts of climate change, including an increase in extreme flooding, blizzards, ice, and wind storms. The assessment was initiated in 2014 by WWF-Canada [...]

New Study Finds Life Under the Ice is Surprisingly Active

Posted on January 17, 2017
As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists—including researchers from the University of New Brunswick—looking at more than 100 lakes now concludes that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active. Their findings stand to complicate our understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the planet. “As ice seasons are getting shorter [...]

PEI Scientist Develops Eco-Friendly Fish Fungus Killer

Posted on January 12, 2017
The government of Prince Edward Island has announced the local creation of an environmentally friendly fish fungus killer that can help protect farmed fish from the saprolegnia fungus and affords the possibility of protecting approximately $380 million dollars in the global aquaculture industry. Dr. Subrata Chowdhury has developed an environmentally safe answer to the chemicals previously used to destroy fish-killing fungus. Fungal infections kill 160 million tonnes of fish and costs the worldwide aquaculture industry $3.8 billion each year. About 10 per cent of this damage is caused by the common saprolegnia fungus. As the Chief [...]

Halifax Water Celebrates Twenty Years of Stewardship

Posted on January 3, 2017
Twenty years of innovative water management is noteworthy.  As 2016 came to a close, Halifax Water released its twentieth annual report, noting the many accomplishments it has achieved since the utility was formed in 1945. In 1996, Metro amalgamation saw Halifax Water's role expand to a regional water utility. In 2007, Halifax Water became Canada's first regulated water, wastewater and stormwater utility. When the municipality of Halifax transferred the region's wastewater and stormwater assets over to the utility, the organization invested in wastewater infrastructure to meet new federal regulations including completion of the Harbour [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Announce Eleven New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on December 20, 2016
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $14 million for 11 water and wastewater projects across the province this week. Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure joined the Honourable Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate the announcement. The federal and provincial governments are providing a total of $2.7 million for eight projects through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), which supports improvements to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection infrastructure. A total of 142 projects across the province will receive funding [...]
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