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Hamilton, Ont., Begins $340M Upgrade to Wastewater Plant

Posted on August 21, 2017
Over the next five years, Hamilton’s Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $340 million in upgrades. The first project under this multi-year, multi-phase initiative officially kicked off this morning with a tour at the construction site for the new Raw Sewage Pumping Station. Hamilton Mayor, Fred Eisenberger, welcomed Filomena Tassi, Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas; Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek; and Ted McMeekin, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, special guests from the Bay Area Restoration Council, and City of Hamilton [...]

Quebec Designates Ottawa River a Heritage River

Posted on August 21, 2017
Today, the Quebec portion of the Ottawa River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, joining the Ontario portion in this designation. The Ottawa River's designation as a Heritage River recognizes the river's outstanding cultural heritage value, including its significance to Indigenous Peoples, its history as an important trade and transportation route, and its continued importance to many communities and businesses in both Ontario and Quebec. “I would like to thank the governments of Quebec and Ontario for recognizing the incredible history of the Ottawa River and for their commitment to working with the federal government [...]

Treaty #3 Communities Receive Federal Support for Water

Posted on August 21, 2017
The federal government has committed $1.2 million to end long-term drinking water advisories in 8 Treaty #3 communities. Last week, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced the investments through Budget 2016, which will support eight water infrastructure projects in eight First Nations in Treaty No. 3 and help ensure that their residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. “Today's announcement will ensure that residents from Treaty 3 will be able to turn on their taps and drink clean, safe water,” said Minister Bennett. “This is an example of what can be achieved when we work in full [...]

Lystek Signs Multi-Year Biosolids Contract

Posted on August 18, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario’s Lystek International Ltd. has been awarded a multi-year contract by the City of Petaluma for Diversified Reuse of Biosolids. Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept Class B biosolids generated in Petaluma and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) biofertilizer product at its 150,000 ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in California (OMRC-FSSD). Opened in August 2016, the OMRC-FSSD is now celebrating its first full year of successful operations in this unique, P3-style partnership, and [...]

Ontario Invests in Partnerships to Quell Invasive Species

Posted on August 17, 2017
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, were in Peterborough yesterday to announce a number of new investments in programs to combat invasive species on behalf of the Ontario government. New investments this year include: Support for the Invasive Species Centre's work to further research into new biological control agents for phragmites and dog-strangling vine. Additional support for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Invading Species Awareness Program—which is marking its 25th anniversary—to strengthen the reporting invading species hotline, online [...]

FCM President's Statement on Infrastructure Investment

Posted on August 17, 2017
Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg, issued the following statement after addressing delegates at the 2017 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference on infrastructure priorities, water systems, and climate change: I was pleased to meet with municipal leaders from across Ontario this week to discuss our shared challenges and opportunities on the road ahead. That includes unlocking the tremendous potential of the most recent federal budget, for Ontarians and for all of Canadians. Federal Budget 2017 makes unprecedented commitments to municipal priorities [...]

Waterloo, Ont., Wins Award for Asset Management Planning

Posted on August 16, 2017
The City of Waterloo has been recognized by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for investing money received from the federal Gas Tax Fund into its asset management system. The City of Waterloo received the Award for investing more than $700,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into an asset management system that will help guide infrastructure investment and maintenance over the next 25 years. Part of Waterloo’s asset management system is its water distribution master plan. “Waterloo is known for our culture of innovation, and city staff believed they could create a unique asset management system that could even predict [...]

Infrastructure Investments for Two First Nations Communities

Posted on August 16, 2017
Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced improvements to water infrastructure for two First Nations communities in Ontario, with the goal of lifting long-term drinking water advisories. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced that the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation will receive infrastructure upgrades. Minister Bennet also announced that the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation will receive an investment to improve water infrastructure. The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation is contributing approximately $2.3 million towards the infrastructure work. Through the significant [...]

Burlington Chosen to Pilot Home Flood Protection Program

Posted on August 8, 2017
The University of Waterloo, Province of Ontario and City of Burlington announced the launch of the Home Flood Protection Program at Burlington City Hall to help homeowners protect their homes from flooding. The Home Flood Protection Program aims to help homeowners identify flood risks, take action to reduce those risks and support preventative maintenance activities that reduce risks over the long-term. This is achieved by a trained assessor who completes a 50-point visual assessment of potential sources of water entry into the home and discusses preventative maintenance practices with homeowners. A confidential report is created [...]

Funding for Haldimand, Ont. Farmers for Cover Crops

Posted on August 4, 2017
The Grand River Conservation Authority is providing farmer in Haldimand County funds to plant a cover crop,  a best management practice that is growing in popularity across Ontario. The recently updated Haldimand Rural Water Quality Program now offers landowners an incentive of $20 per acre for up to 50 acres per applicant. The purpose of planting a cover crop is to protect soil, reduce erosion and promote better soil health. Under the program, priority is given to fields next to watercourses or wetlands and to fields that are tile drained. Cover crops that are used solely for cover—not harvested or grazed—are eligible under [...]
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