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GOC Invests $5 Million in Wetland Restoration Following Construction of the Champlain Bridge

Posted on September 9, 2016
The Government of Canada will be investing just over $5 million for the restoration of an interior marshland on Île Lapierre in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles to compensate for the loss of natural areas following construction of the new Champlain Bridge. The project will recreate the historic 1.5 hectare marsh that will also support spawning, fry rearing and feeding of fish, in addition to generating habitats that support other species such as birds. This project will be carried out in accordance with the DFO Fisheries Act Wetland Policy. "This wildlife management project on Île Lapierre-a major investment [...]

H2O Innovation Reveals New Open-Source Wastewater Membrane Technology

Posted on September 1, 2016
Quebec-based H2O Innovation has announced the release of the new a new  membrane bioreactor technology for advanced wastewater treatment applications. The new technology provides greater flexibility within membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems allowing owners and engineers to choose between multiple membrane products for the same system at build time or in the future. It is the first membrane bioreactor (MBR) with an open-source wastewater design that can operate MBR modules from different suppliers. As system owners have the option to switch from one membrane to another without having to redesign the treatment plant, there is [...]

Quebec Funds Innovation Cluster to Address Wastewater in Shrimp Processing

Posted on August 9, 2016
Four Québec shrimp processing plants will benefit from financial support of phase 2 of an innovation cluster to identify treatment for wastewater. The Government of Québec contributed $100,000 to support each company's efforts in the project in response to the wastewater disposal requirements as part of the Canada Fisheries Act. In 2014, the companies joined a group called the Marine Resource, Science and Technology Cluster (RSTM), supported by experts from the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and the Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ) to develop methods to meet regulations. Phase I of the project, conducted [...]

Grocer IGA Provides Over 15,000 Rain Barrels in New Brunswick and Quebec

Posted on July 25, 2016
This summer, grocer IGA partnered with Fonds Éco to deliver its Turnkey project, to provide close to 15,000 rainwater barrels or a residential compost bins in Quebec and New Brunswick. The program delivered nearly 10,000 rain barrels to residents. This distribution has been growing in popularity each year, and the 2016 edition was no exception. Setting a new participation record since the creation of the program, over 31,000 citizens registered for a chance to take home one of the two items for the modest sum of $30. The company reported that the program has steadily grown in popularity since it was launched seven years ago [...]

20th Anniversary of Quebec’s Saguenay Region Catastrophic Flood

Posted on July 20, 2016
July 19 and 20, 2016 mark the 20th anniversary of the devastating flood that left $300 million worth of damage in Quebec, known as Déluge du Saguenay. When the flood event began, it rained everyday in Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region for two weeks. Rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and soils became engorged with water. Over three days, Saguenay was hit with 100 to 275 millimetres of rain, comparable to the volume of water that tumbles over Niagara Falls in four weeks. It was one of the worst floods in Canadian history, with a devastating aftermath. The flood lead to10 deaths, destruction of 800 homes, and $300 million in [...]

Trois-Pistoles Water and Sewer System Undegoes $4 Million Upgrade

Posted on May 31, 2016
Trois-Pistoles, Quebec will receive $4 million of financial support from the federal and provincial governments to renew its water and sewer systems. $2.7 million is being provided through the Communities Component of the federal Building Canada Fund and will be split equally amongst the governments of Canada and Quebec. $1.2 million of the funding is being provided through the federal Gas Tax Fund and a contribution from the Government of Quebec. This project is working to replace water lines and twinning the single sewer line along Jean-Rioux Sud and Notre-Dame Est Streets. The priority of the development is to renew drinking [...]

WaterShed Monitoring Receives $25,000 Through Quebec Economic Development Program

Posted on May 26, 2016
This week, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism announced that the company WaterShed Monitoring is obtaining $25,000 in financial support. The funds will be used for marketing its computer solutions that enable the acquisition, management, and communication of water-related data from source waters, including surface and groundwater. The financial assistance is awarded in the form of a repayable contribution under the Quebec Economic Development Program. The company will implement a marketing strategy, which includes updating its website and attending specialized shows and symposiums. Established [...]

Ban on Plastic-Bottled Water May Be In Store for Montreal

Posted on March 22, 2016
Banning plastic-bottled water may be the next item on Montreal’s environmental to-do list.  According to a report by The Canadian Press, Mayor Denise Coderre has mentioned banning bottled water, but hasn’t announced a firm plan. This news comes after the city moved to ban plastic bags by 2018. Now the city has plastic-bottled water in its sights. Plastic bags and bottles could take hundreds of years to degrade in landfills and too often end up in Canada’s waterways, becoming hazardous to wildlife. We need to have a debate on plastic, Coderre told The Canadian Press. "We spoke about plastic bags and now we're onto plastic [...]

Upgrades to Drinking Water System in Saint-Fortunat, Quebec Aim To End Boil Water Advisory

Posted on January 15, 2016
Combined funds from all three levels of government will deliver over $700,000 to the Municipality of Saint-Fortunat for upgrades to the drinking water treatment and supply system. The municipality has been under a permanent boil-water advisory since 2002. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Pablo Rodriguez and Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, made the announcement on January 15, 2016. The community will receive $205,344 from the federal Gas Tax Fund and $502,392 from the Quebec Municipal Infrastructure Program. The project involves upgrading the drinking water [...]

Quebec Researchers Secure Patent for Wastewater Technology For Micro-Pollutants

Posted on January 13, 2016
A U.S. patent was recently awarded jointly to Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) for a system and a process that remove emerging micro-pollutants from industrial wastewater. In preliminary studies the patented membrane bioreactor system eliminated 99 per cent of bisphenol-A (BPA) and other compounds in heavily contaminated wastewater. BPA, which is used in the manufacture of plastics, is a micro-pollutant thought to disrupt various physiological mechanisms. The system is designed for installation at factory outlets to treat wastewater at the source and can also [...]
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