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SaskWater Releases 2016–17 Annual Report

Posted on July 17, 2017
SaskWater has released its 2016–17 report, which highlights the Crown corporation’s growth to include the City of Melville, the fifth city in the province to be served by the utility. As part its agreement with Melville, SaskWater will build a new water treatment plant and regional water supply system to serve the community and its surrounding area. Projects in Melville will include two new wells, a 32-kilometre pipeline, a new water treatment plant, and a additional storage. Today, SaskWater tabled its 2016-17 annual report with the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly's Clerks Office. In the document, the utility reports a net [...]

N.L. Announces Appointee to Investigate Mud Lake Flooding

Posted on July 17, 2017
In May, flooding of the Churchill River at Mud Lake, Newfoundland & Labrador, caused the community to evacuate the area and extensive damage to property. The province has announced the appointment of a representative who will investigate the cause of the flooding, with many residents pointing to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project upstream. The province announced Friday that the review will be led by Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and member of the Global Institute for Water Security. Lindenschmidt conducts research in surface water quality, river ice processes, climate [...]

Study: Wetlands Important for Mitigation of Flooding Impacts

Posted on July 17, 2017
A study released this month by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo examined the financial impacts of wetlands on rural and urban flooding. “With the flooding events in recent history, it has become clear that that the human and financial costs of these events are substantial,” said Professor Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre and an author on the report, When the Big Storms Hit: The Role of Wetlands to Limit Urban and Rural Flood Damage. “With the ever-increasing financial burden of flooding to Canadians, it is remarkable that a practical and cost-effective means to alleviate flood [...]

Man. Rural Municipality Completes $3M Water Pipelines Expansion

Posted on July 12, 2017
Yesterday, Manitoba’s Rural Municipality of Dauphin unveiled the completion of Phase I of the Rural Water Pipelines Expansion, a $3,130,000 million investment in water infrastructure. Work in Phase 1 was made possible through funding under the Canada-Manitoba New Building Canada Fund–Small Communities Fund and will enhance Dauphin's ability to provide reliable water supply in an environmentally sustainable manner to residents for years to come. “With Phase 1 of the pipelines project completed, almost 100 households in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin will now have access to quality potable water,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister [...]

Calgary Biosolids Composting Facility to Begin Operation

Posted on July 12, 2017
Calgary’s Organics Composting Facility has achieved substantial completion and will divert dewatered biosolids from one of the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. Maple Reinders announced that on June 29th, the Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, achieved substantial completion on time and on budget for the Source Separated Organics (SSO) and Class A Biosolids in-vessel composting facility. This project was delivered under a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. In addition to being the first composting [...]

Tay Township, Ont., Completes Wastewater Plant Upgrades

Posted on July 12, 2017
On June 28th, Tay Township, Ontario, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to acknowledge the completion of upgrades to the Victoria Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction began in May, 2016, and wrapped up this month, marking the first significant upgrade to the Victoria Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant since it was originally constructed in 1982. Phase 1 included construction of a new headworks building, installation of two ultraviolet disinfection units, replacement of a sand filter, and introduction of a new standby power generator. The upgrades were made to improve reliability and overall plant capacity. “The new [...]

U.S. House Bill Requests Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Posted on July 11, 2017
Today, U.S. congressional representatives on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee have requested the full $300 million in funding for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full funding of GLRI in its 2018 spending bill.  This action is an important step to ensuring any final bill this year continues funding to the GLRI. “As soon as President Trump’s draconian budget was released, I knew we would need a bipartisan [...]

Great Lakes Region Organizations Form Bi-National Partnership

Posted on July 11, 2017
The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) have announced a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed by NEMWI and CGLR on July 7th, the agreement launches an ambitious effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social, and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, as well as outreach to federal, state-provincial, and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries. The overarching goals of the new partnership include: Conducting high [...]

Lake Ontario Water Levels Continue to Impact Toronto Island

Posted on July 11, 2017
Yesterday, the City of Toronto released an updated report on the flooding of Toronto Island, which indicates that water levels around the island are still about 30 centimetres above the pre-flood conditions of early April and not expected to significantly subside until later in the summer. "The high lake levels and associated flooding have had a significant impact on island residents and businesses – as well as the tens of thousands of people who would normally visit the islands every week during the warm weather," said Mayor John Tory. "This has been an unprecedented event. I thank everyone for their patience. City staff are working [...]

Selkirk, Manitoba, Invests in Reducing Combined Sewers

Posted on July 11, 2017
Its asset management plan has helped Selkirk, Manitoba, invest in eliminating its combined sewers to reduce basement backups and prevent potential overflows of combined sewer effluent being dumped into the Red River. An investment of close to $1 million will improve three city streets, drainage, and reduce the number of combined sewer systems that still exist in Selkirk, Manitoba. The city of approximately 10,000 people made its capital investment decision based on their Capital Asset Management Program (CAMP). Duane Nicol, the Selkirk’s chief administrative officer, said that using robust asset data the city now has will move [...]
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