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Canada and Saskatchewan Invest $6.4M in Wastewater

Posted on May 24, 2017
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a $6.4-million expansion of the Balgonie wastewater system. "The investments in infrastructure we are making will benefit Canadians for years to come: creating economic growth and middle-class jobs now, while laying the foundation for durable growth in the future. This project will protect the local environment in Balgonie and support the community's growth for decades to come," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Minister Goodale, along with Don McMorris, Indian Head-Milestone MLA, announced funding for the Town of Balgonie's wastewater [...]

Town of Comox and Region Agree to Sewage Settlement

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Sewage Commission has agreed to the terms of a meditated settlement in a dispute about the metering and cost apportionment of the regional sewer service from 2004 to 2015. The agreement was reached on May 5, 2017 and includes payments to the Town of Comox in the amount of $1.2 million from the CVRD Sewage Commission and $1 million from the City of Courtenay. The terms also include the transfer of the Knight Road sewer main from the Town of Comox to the CVRD. “We have been working together for some time to resolve this issue in an equitable manner,” said Barbara Price, Chair of the CVRD’s [...]

Sask. Creates Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards

Posted on May 17, 2017
Saskatchewan has moved forward on its agricultural water management strategy. On May 16th, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency, Scott Moe, announced the creation of two Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards as Bill 44, The Water Security Agency Amendment Act, passed third reading in the legislature. "Our government's goal is to create responsibly-managed agricultural drainage networks focused on controlling and organizing water management in the province," Moe said.  "This will ensure mitigation of impacts to downstream landowners while continuing to provide benefits to producers.  The advisory boards will [...]

Molson Coors to Build Wastewater Pre-treatment Plant in Fraser Valley

Posted on May 16, 2017
In 2016, Molson Coors Canada announced plans to construct a new $200 million technologically-advanced brewery, to be located in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia. Now, the company is investing in an anaerobic reactor to treat new the brewery's wastewater. “Molson Coors Canada has a strong commitment to the communities in which we operate. We continue this tradition working closely with the people of Chilliwack and together we raise a glass to toast a long and prosperous relationship,” said Stewart Glendinning, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada The new wastewater pre-treatment plant will handle the high levels [...]

Alberta Bolsters Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections

Posted on May 15, 2017
Bolstering its fight against aquatic invasive species, the Alberta government has added two new inspection stations and 30 new boat inspectors. The two stations opened earlier this year at Canada Border Services Agency sites, part of precautionary efforts following the discovery of zebra mussel larvae in Montana late last year. The province has also extended the inspection season by several weeks in spring and fall, which began in March and will last until November. Two high-priority inspection stations — at Dunmore and Coutts — have extended their hours for 24-hour service. “Our boat inspectors are on the front lines of [...]

Man. Grants Sustainability Awards for Water Work

Posted on May 11, 2017
Yesterday, Manitoba announced the recipients of its 2016 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards. Winners included water-based initiatives in research and public education. “It’s very encouraging to see so many individuals, organizations, and communities helping to make small changes that have a big impact,” said Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, who announced the winners. “I’d like to congratulate these award winners for their insight and their dedication to making a difference.” This year’s award winners demonstrate that private and public-sector organizations are actively promoting sustainability [...]

BC Announces Disaster Financial Assistance for Recent Floods

Posted on May 8, 2017
British Columbia has announced that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the central region who may have been impacted from the flooding that began on May 4th, 2017. DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations, and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. In March, the province announced that it would invest $80 million in emergency preparedness and flood mitigation. Flood management measures, including flood insurance, are increasingly front page news in [...]

Monitoring Confirms Whirling Disease in Oldman Watershed

Posted on May 8, 2017
On May 1st, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has declared the Oldman River watershed infected with whirling disease. The province in coordination with parks Canada and CFIA continue to monitor and manage watersheds where the disease has been detected. The declaration covers all streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers feeding into the Oldman River, including those in Waterton Lakes National Park. The affected zone ends at the confluence of the Oldman River and South Saskatchewan River. Areas in Alberta outside the Bow River and Oldman River watersheds were previously declared as a buffer area and are not affected by the [...]

Vancouver Housing Crisis Adds Pressure to Water Quality

Posted on May 3, 2017
In support of the City' of Vancouver's goal to protect waterways and the environment, Vancouver council approved new actions to strengthen the protection and reduce contamination in Vancouver's surrounding waters. Ongoing work on water quality in False Creek, and information gathered and assessed by the False Creek Water Quality Working Group (FCWQWG), suggested that a primary contributor to E. coli contamination in False Creek is from the discharge of untreated sewage waste from marinas, and recreational vessels such as fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Although it is illegal to dump sewage from boats within three nautical miles [...]

Kelowna to Debate Moving Ahead on Integrated Water Plan

Posted on April 28, 2017
City of Kelowna Council will consider a 2017 Capital Budget amendment on Monday to initiate work on Kelowna Integrated Water—Phase 1. The $63.7 million multi-year project will bring clean, safe drinking water to citizens of Southeast Kelowna. The project also intends to deliver a more reliable supply of agricultural irrigation water for the South Mission through integration of that system with the City of Kelowna Water Utility. Receipt of a $43.9 grant from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will see ratepayers of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) realize a significant direct cost savings, in addition to completing [...]

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