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$3.2M in Capital Investments for St. John's Water Systems

Posted on April 18, 2017
Yesterday, St. John’s City Council voted on whether to approve the Capital Plan for 2016–2018 — council minutes were unavailable at the time of writing. The plan includes $28.7 million in capital projects for 2017, including $3.2 million dedicated to its water systems. The capital plan will support a wide array of projects in St. John’s, as councillor Jonathan Galgay, chair of the Finance and Administration Standing Committee, explained: “It includes studies, facility renovations and upgrades, roadwork, park construction and improvements, and water and sewer projects. Implementation of automated garbage collection and the [...]

Nova Scotia Completes LaPlanche Aboiteau Replacement

Posted on April 11, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia announced on April 10 that work to replace the LaPlanche Aboiteau in Amherst was completed. The aboiteau runs along the Chignecto Isthmus and protects about $40 million in provincial and municipal infrastructure, including roads and railways. “Now with the project complete, people in the community can be assured of the improved protection for the surrounding infrastructure, valuable farmland. and marshes,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This was a large, complex project that we were able to complete on budget.” The aboiteau drains a 133 square kilometre watershed and provides [...]

P.E.I.'s Draft Water Act Suggests Strong Regulation

Posted on March 21, 2017
On March 16th, Prince Edward Island released its draft Water Act for public comment. The draft is comprised of existing and new legislation, which includes purpose and goals, a quantity and quality monitoring program, and a public registry for all water-related approvals. The province has stated that the act is “designed to protect the Island’s water resources and the ecosystems that support them,” and that “the goal of the proposed Water Act will be to protect the quality and quantity of the Island's water and ensure that our water supply is healthy and sustainable now and into the future.” In order to achieve this end [...]

Charlottetown Upgrades Wastewater Facility to Resource Recovery Model

Posted on March 15, 2017
The City of Charlottetown plans to transition its current wastewater treatment facility, or pollution control plant, to a resource recovery facility that would have long-term financial, environmental, and social benefits for the Greater Charlottetown Area. Project components that are currently being considered include renewable energy production, biosolid drying, and end-use research and greenhouse production. In addition, the City will be looking to partner with facilities in proximity of the current plant to identify opportunities for meeting shared outcomes. The facility would be the first of its kind on PEI. Charlottetown Mayor [...]

Newfoundland to Invest in Municipal Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted on March 14, 2017
As part of Budget 2017, the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador introduced a new three-year municipal infrastructure program and a call for applications from interested communities that will assist drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. One hundred million dollars in provincial funding will be invested in municipal infrastructure over the next three years through the Multi-Year Capital Works—$70 million—and Municipal Capital Works—$30 million—programs. In addition to the funding provided under this program, the provincial government continues to leverage federal funding to maximize infrastructure investment [...]

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 or 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 [...]
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