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Funding Announced for $10-Million Wastewater Treatment Facility in Nova Scotia

Posted on August 15, 2014
The construction of a $10-million wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Windsor, Nova Scotia will be funded by the municipal, provincial, and federal governments. Officials from the three levels of government made the announcement on Aug. 14. The Government of Canada will contribute a total of $2,769,941 to the project through the Building Canada Fund, including $592,241 in new funding; the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs will invest an additional $1,576,242 for a total contribution of $3,753,942; and the Town of Windsor will invest $3,537,669. “The province is pleased to partner with the federal government and [...]

Mass Fish Deaths in P.E.I. River

Posted on August 11, 2014
Approximately 1,000 dead fish, including brook trout, rainbow trout, and Atlantic salmon, were discovered along a 3.5-kilometre stretch of the North River in central Prince Edward Island on August 9. The cause of the mass death has not been officially determined, though both federal and provincial officers have visited the scene and collected samples, and evidence seems to point toward agricultural runoff. Mass fish deaths have become something of a routine in P.E.I., with similar events occurring in each of the last four years. “We have seen fish kill events in recent years related to rainfall and runoff from agricultural land,” [...]

New Brunswick Wastewater Infrastructure Gets $10-Million Federal Investment

Posted on July 28, 2014
The Government of Canada is investing in several New Brunswick wastewater infrastructure upgrades through the federal Gas Tax Fund. Collection and treatment systems in Fundy Bay, Gillies, Greensborough, Harvey Lake, Havelock, Roachville, and Sainte-Marie-de-Kent will be improved over the next several years. Projects will range from system upgrades to the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities. The total federal contribution to the seven projects will be approximately $10 million. “These projects will ensure responsible management of our water and wastewater, and will help us to assist local service districts in upgrading [...]

New Brunswick Community Completes Wastewater System Upgrades

Posted on July 14, 2014
The Local Service District of Allardville, New Brunswick, celebrated the completion of more than $3.3 million in upgrades to its wastewater system on July 9. Funding for the project came from the federal Gas Tax Fund. “This is a very positive project for this area,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Danny Soucy. “Having an effective wastewater treatment system improves the quality of life and contributes to a clean environment.” The upgrades saw Allardville’s old lagoon, which was at capacity, converted to a polishing pond and a new lagoon constructed adjacent. The collection system was also extended 800 [...]

Prince Edward Island to Introduce Water Act

Posted on June 23, 2014
Prince Edward Island will introduce a water act providing a new legislative and policy framework to ensure the sustainable management of the province’s water resources, according to an announcement from Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry. Prince Edward Island will introduce a water act. Credit: Chensiyuan. “The implementation of a water act will demonstrate government’s commitment to managing water resources in a sustainable manner for present and future generations,” Sherry said. “There will be broad consultations with Islanders and experts in the development of the new act.” While there are [...]

Halifax Residents Ditch Local “Ditch Tax”

Posted on June 23, 2014
Halifax Regional Municipality citizens frustrated with paying the new stormwater fee introduced in 2013 have won a partial victory. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Bureau (UARB) ruled last week in favour of consumers in the dispute over Halifax Water’s “ditch tax.” Many homeowners were unhappy with the additional charge because their properties had septic systems, meaning they didn’t require the use of the culverts and ditches that the fee was intended to maintain. It was up to them to pay for a professional assessment to prove to Halifax Water that the stormwater fee was not applicable. "This is really good news for [...]

Charlottetown Asks Homeowners to Switch to Water Meters

Posted on May 30, 2014
The City of Charlottetown water and sewer utility has launched the Take Control program, a new initiative designed to encourage flat-rate water customers to switch to water meters. Incentives are being offered to those who are willing to make the switch. As part of this initiative, the City will cover the cost of the $200 meter installation. If a household’s bill increases despite the new meter and the best efforts to conserve, the City will refund the difference to meet the former flat-rate level in 2014. Customers who are already metered and encourage others to make the switch to a metered system will receive a $25 credit toward [...]

Buctouche First Nations Community Opens New Water Treatment Plant

Posted on May 22, 2014
The Buctouche First Nation in eastern New Brunswick is opening a new water treatment plant that will provide safe and clean drinking water to the community's 75 residents. “Our community has been affected on a number of occasions by water quality issues, very pleased that these long-awaited upgrades to our system are completed and will enable us to provide our community members with safe, clean drinking water,” stated Buctouche First Nation Chief Ann Mary Simon. Bernard Valcourt, minister of aboriginal affairs and northern development, congratulated community members on the completed water system upgrades. "First Nations [...]

Nova Scotia Begins Fracking Wastewater Disposal Pilot Project

Posted on April 28, 2014
Nova Scotia Environment Minister Randy Delorey recently presented details for a pilot project to dispose of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater that is currently being held in Debert, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “After considering the community’s concerns and reviewing the tests on the treated water, I am satisfied that this pilot project can proceed safely,” Delorey told a community meeting in Truro. “I wanted to share this information with the community before giving the company permission to move forward with its plans.” The wastewater from Atlantic Industrial [...]

PEI Invests in Invasive Species Awareness Campaign

Posted on April 21, 2014
Prince Edward Island has joined forces with the province’s aquaculture industry to increase awareness of aquatic invasive species like green crab, pictured here. Credit: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez. Prince Edward Island has joined forces with the province’s aquaculture industry to increase awareness of aquatic invasive species like green crab and tunicates, which could adversely impact PEI’s shellfish industry. “The shellfish industry is an important sector for our province employing more than 3,000 Islanders and contributing more than $80 million to the provincial economy,” said Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and [...]
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