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B.C. Invests $80M in Emergency Preparedness, Flood Mitigation

Posted on March 30, 2017
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) has announced that it will be administering a new funding program to enhance the resiliency of local governments and residents for effective emergency response. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is part of an $80 million investment from B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure in disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness. Of the $80 million, $32 million will be allocated to UBCM for the CEPF. Funding is spread among programs and services for flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire [...]

Man. March Flood Outlook: Slightly Reduced

Posted on March 29, 2017
The Province of Manitoba released its March flood outlook on the 24th, which stated that levels of spring flooding continue to be dependent on future weather conditions. However, the outlook also suggested that the risk of overland flooding is slightly reduced since the February outlook, though it remains moderate to major across the province. Manitoba’s Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the outlook. “‎The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre continues to monitor precipitation, spring melt and inflows from the northern United States and the Souris River basin to the west,” said Pedersen.  “At this time [...]

$3M Grant for Ducks Unlimited Canada to Protect Prairie Wetlands

Posted on March 28, 2017
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3-million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect more than 8,000 hectares of wetlands and grasslands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands, and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many [...]

New Westminster Receives $5.5M for Sewer Separation

Posted on March 28, 2017
The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, has been awarded over $5.5 million from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for the Sapperton Combined Sewer Separation project, one of the 144 projects recently announced by the provincial and federal governments. "On behalf of the City of New Westminster, I would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing this funding that will help us achieve our sewer separation goals in the Sapperton area," said Mayor Jonathan Coté. "The contribution from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will help ensure we are protecting our environment and [...]

Alberta Invests $9M in Land and Water Conservation

Posted on March 27, 2017
Working together with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners, the Alberta government has dedicated $9 million to protect ranchlands, river habitats, and watersheds in southern Alberta. Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects, including three large ranches to help keep ranchlands intact. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “It’s vital that we work together to prevent fragmentation and habitat loss on Alberta’s private land. Land trust organizations partner with landowners to safeguard Alberta’s unique landscape for future generations. By protecting wildlife [...]

Alberta Invests $12M in Watershed Councils

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to fulfill its mandate to preserve water resources. “World Water Day challenges us to think about how we protect this extraordinary economic and environmental resource. We are taking [...]

Wastewater Fund Puts West Kelowna Treatment Plant 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

Posted on March 21, 2017
A $41 million federal and provincial grant under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will make the construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant a reality at least five years ahead of schedule. West Kelowna originally intended to start construction on the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant in 2022, as outlined in its 10-year financial plan. “The City of West Kelowna is grateful beyond words for this generous contribution, which will put us on the fast track to building a state of the art facility with the aim of bringing water quality assurances to the entire northern half of our city,” said Mayor Doug Findlater. The [...]

Axine Receives $1M to Pursue Innovative Wastewater Tech

Posted on March 20, 2017
Axine Water Technologies has received $1 million from the Government of Canada’s Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) to deploy its disruptive, electrochemical oxidation technology for treating toxic wastewater at customer sites in the chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, and other water-intensive industries. The funding was announced on March 15 at the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Axine Water is one of 12 companies highlighted by the minister in the current $14.8 million announcement of funding. The WINN program provides $100 million [...]

White Rock Receives Federal Funding for Arsenic Treatment

Posted on March 20, 2017
White Rock, B.C., has received nearly $12 million in funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia to help deliver a $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address water quality in the city. The funding is part of the recently announced $373 million being delivered in British Columbia under the under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. For more than 100 years, water services in White Rock had been owned and operated by private operators. The city acquired the White Rock water utility from a private utility company in October 2015 with an advance payment of $14 million and continues to work with the [...]

B.C., Feds to Fund 144 New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on March 17, 2017
The federal and British Columbia governments have announced funding for 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding—more than $186.6 million— and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million. Local governments are contributing the balance of $63.4 million. Funding will [...]
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