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B.C. Firm Grows Watershed and Fish Habitat Assessment Practice

Posted on January 31, 2017
A Canadian environmental consulting firm, Ecofish Research Ltd., which has consulted on fish habitat enhancement and watershed assessment on hydroelectric projects, has announced the acquisition of ECODynamic Solutions Inc. (EDS), a leading environmental construction monitoring firm located in Courtenay, B.C. “With the addition of a talented team of accomplished professionals, we will bring our clients even better service across all phases of their projects,” said Adam Lewis, president of Ecofish Research Ltd. A recognized expert construction environmental management and monitoring firm, EDS has for the past decade provided [...]

York Region Has Released its 2016 Source Water Report

Posted on January 31, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has released its 2016 Source Water Implementation Annual Report, which summarizes the work York Region is doing to identify and manage potential impacts to drinking water and pinpoint vulnerable areas where proposed development requires careful planning to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply. “York Region continues to be a leader in protecting our sources of drinking water,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We work with municipal partners and businesses to put plans in place to manage risks and create incentive programs to encourage everyone to take action in protecting [...]

Helen Jowett Returns as Grand River Conservation Authority Chair

Posted on January 31, 2017
Helen Jowett has been acclaimed to a second one-year term as chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Chris White has also been acclaimed to a second one-year term as vice-chair. Both Jowett and White were acclaimed by the GRCA board of directors at the general membership meeting on Friday, January 27. As per the GRCA by-laws, a member is eligible to be re-elected to the role of chair or vice-chair for up to a maximum of five one-year terms. The 26-member GRCA board is composed of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Grand River watershed. Both Jowett and White expressed their gratitude to their [...]

Manitoba Report: Soil Moisture Anticipates Major Overland Flooding

Posted on January 30, 2017
Manitoba has released its 2017 January Conditions Report, which indicates that normal to well-above normal soil moisture and winter precipitation to date, combined with future unfavourable weather conditions, will result in the risk of moderate to major overland flooding across the province. The province’s Infrastructure Minister, Blaine Pedersen, announced: “We have experienced some unusual winter weather to this point that has contributed to an expanded risk of overland flooding in Manitoba.” Pedersen continued, “The Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre will continue to assess data over the coming weeks to refine future flood [...]

B.C. First Nation in Court to Fight Proposed Mine

Posted on January 30, 2017
The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those that they hold title and claim over. In 2010 TML’s proposed Prosperity Mine was also rejected. TML’s proposal is for an open pit copper-gold mine where the Tsilhqot’in Nation has proven Aboriginal Rights and very near the Tsilhqot’in Declared Title Lands. The TML case includes a constitutional challenge to the Canadian Environmental [...]

Guelph Hosts New Wastewater Research and Development Project

Posted on January 27, 2017
A new project installed in a technology demonstration facility at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used for wastewater research and demonstration of resource recovery technologies. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in partnership with GE Water & Process Technologies, City of Guelph, University of Guelph, the province of Ontario, and the federal government of Canada hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the GE project, which has three primary process goals: Generate clean water from wastewater for purposes of reuse; Harvest biogas from the processing of biosolids; and Collect pathogen-free fertilizer. The [...]

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 [...]

Floating Wetlands Could Assist with Wastewater Treatment

Posted on January 26, 2017
Researchers from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma have undertaken a study on the use of floating treatment wetlands (FTW) as a wastewater treatment technology. Led by W.H. Strosnider, the researchers engineered four different floating treatment wetland designs for a field-scale experiment. “The main result is that engineered floating treatment wetlands could affect water quality in many of the same ways that naturally-occurring floating wetlands do,” said Strosnider in a press release. The materials used to construct the FTWs included drainpipe, burlap, mulch, utility netting, and reused [...]

Report Gives 7 Shifts in Water Markets to Watch

Posted on January 26, 2017
A report on water market shifts from Bluefield Research outlines 7 signposts to watch for in water markets for 2017. The shifts are focused on municipal and industrial water markets and are broken down into key themes: Infrastructure Investmet at the Forefront Rate Escalation Sets Stage for Business Model Innovation Developed Markets Forced to Confront Aging Networks Water Gets Smart: Emphasis on Big Data and IoT Bottom Line Enables Innovation for Industrials California Sets the Stage for Water Reuse Private Sector Looks to Water for Opportunity While primarily focused on the U.S. market, the report still offers [...]

$5M for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Que. Estrie Region

Posted on January 26, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced further funding for projects in the province, over $5 million for five water and wastewater projects in the Estrie region. Government representatives met in Weedon, Que., in the presence of Mayor Richard Tanguay, to announce approval of a project under Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to renew the municipality's water pipes. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of the funding for this project—amounting to $746,300 —and the province of Quebec is providing up to $492,560. The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.2 million in these projects in Estrie [...]
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