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Comox Valley, B.C. Takes Action to End Boil Water Notices

Posted on October 20, 2017
Decisions made at the Comox Valley Water Committee meeting on Tuesday have set a clear course for construction of a new water treatment system beginning in 2019, with interim measures that will address boil water notices within the next six months. To take full advantage of grant opportunities, timelines for completion of the project have been adjusted to 2021. With the recent conclusion of a study and assessment phase, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) now has an updated cost estimate for the required upgrades and is actively applying for grant funds to cover as much of the $110.6 million cost as possible. A financial plan [...]

Campbell River, B.C. Proceeds with Wetland Water Control Project

Posted on October 20, 2017
Following work to remove invasive plants and regulate water levels as part of preliminary restoration at its Jubilee wetland this summer, Campbell River, B.C. has issued a development permit for a water control project to be completed next year. Earlier this month, city staff met with Parkway Properties, the project engineer and the project biologist to view the new water control and diversion structure. Next summer, the structure will be used to slowly and temporarily drain the wetland to the ditch on Jubilee Parkway. During this process, which will take more than three weeks, biologists will salvage and re-locate amphibians to a [...]

Western Canada Fuel Supplier Awarded for Wastewater Project

Posted on October 19, 2017
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has presented the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan with its National Water Wise Award for the refinery’s Wastewater Improvement Project. “The co-op’s foresight, scope of work and cutting-edge practices surrounding its Wastewater Improvement Project make it more than worthy of this acknowledgment,” said Joe Senese, CIPH Chairman. “This award is a modest gesture for a significant contribution to the City of Regina, as well as all of Western Canada.” The Wastewater Improvement Project is a $200 million investment that was initiated following the Section [...]

Endress+Hauser Partners with Intrepid Group

Posted on October 16, 2017
Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, has concluded an agreement with Intrepid Group Ltd that makes the Alberta-based process automation company its latest Authorized Channel Partner. The move, which leverages the strong oil and gas experience of both organizations adds to the sales and support services of Endress+Hauser in Alberta. "Partnerships with regional leaders like Intrepid Group allow us to enhance our market coverage and are part of our commitment to the industries and markets we serve," said Anthony Varga, G.M. at Endress+Hauser. "We'll now be able to direct even more [...]

Manitoba Water Infrastructure Gets $205M Boost

Posted on October 11, 2017
Eleven water and wastewater projects across the province of Manitoba will get a $53.9 million boost as federal and provincial ministers announced this week. Minister Sohi, Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations, and Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman met to announce sixteen water and transit projects that would benefit from the cost-sharing agreement—part of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The water investments will support upgrades to the pollution control facility in Portage la Prairie, water and sewer main renewals in Grandview, and a new water treatment lagoon in Riverdale.  With the projects announced today, a total [...]

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Launched Call for Proposals

Posted on October 6, 2017
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has launched a 2017 call for proposals to support projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Program awards grants range from $500 to $10,000, and covere up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability. The LWF Grants Program is used to: Contribute to realizing the outcomes of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan (LWHP) Increase collaboration and align collective efforts within the Lake Winnipeg watershed Support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and engage citizens, students and local governments on innovative projects Provide [...]

Winnipeg Canoe/Kayak Launch Improvement Completed

Posted on October 5, 2017
On October 4th, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and Crescent Park Rescue officially opened the new Crescent Drive Park canoe and kayak launch site, located at 781 Crescent Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “By increasing river access this project encourages active transportation and recreational use of our rivers,” said Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton. “Supporting local infrastructure that builds active and healthy communities makes our province a better place to live, work and play.” The new canoe and kayak launch will enhance river access in Crescent Drive Park, complementing the adjacent active transportation route. Total [...]

B.C.'s Ostara to Receive Award for Phosphorus Capture Tech

Posted on October 3, 2017
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, the Vancouver, B.C. water cleantech firm that specializes in nutrient management solutions will be awarded a Project Excellence Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The world's largest nutrient recovery facility improves the water quality of the Chicago Area Waterway System, while reducing downstream phosphorus discharges into the Gulf of Mexico, has won a Project Excellence Award from WEF. The honor will be presented to the project's owner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD); Black & Veatch, the facility's design-builder; and the technology [...]

New Research Moves River Ice Modelling Forward

Posted on October 2, 2017
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Global Institute for Water Security has analyzed river ice models to develop a better understanding of modelling mechanics and, consequently, how to manage river ice. The study, Improved Understanding of River Ice Processes Using Global Sensitivity Analysis Approaches, used a new framework, variogram analysis of response surfaces (VARS), to get “a comprehensive spectrum of information about the underlying sensitivities of a model to its factors.” The researchers were looking to both verify and improve upon modelling of river ice “formation, transport, and decay.” Razi Sheikholeslami [...]

Freshwater Science Helps Support Fraser River Sockeye Salmon

Posted on September 29, 2017
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released an update on its efforts to prevent the decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, including federal investments in freshwater science. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that DFO and partners have now acted on 64 of the 75 recommendations made in Justice Cohen's 2012 final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. “Major investments in science, as well as consultations underway on the Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan, have allowed us to act on 17 more Cohen Commission [...]
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