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Sask. Increases Access to Water Recreation in Prov. Parks

Posted on August 18, 2017
Saskatchewan provincial parks are expanding their beach wheelchair program, increasing access to water recreation for park users with mobility challenges. The beach wheelchair program in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks that was launched earlier this year and proved extremely popular, said the province. There are now ten chairs across the province, doubling the number of beach wheelchairs available to park visitors. “I am proud to announce that we have added five chairs to the beach wheelchair program in our parks, doubling the total number of chairs available,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Everyone [...]

B.C. Appoints Expert to Review Pollution in Hullcar Aquifer

Posted on August 18, 2017
An independent expert has been appointed to oversee the review of pollution in B.C.’s Hullcar Aquifer. Oliver Brandes, the co-director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, an independent, respected national water and governance expert has been commissioned to support the review of the pollution. Brandes will provide strategic advice and oversee aspects of the review. He will also lead a team that will make recommendations to Heyman that will ensure that best practices for the agricultural sector are aligned with the goal of ensuring safe, clean drinking water [...]

Vancouver Provides Free Waste Removal to Improve Water Quality

Posted on August 17, 2017
The City of Vancouver and the Park Board have launched a free mobile pump-out service in False Creek to increase access to sewage disposal facilities and help improve water quality. The free pilot service will come directly to boats in False Creek to empty their sewage tanks, making it easier for boaters to pump, not dump, their waste. “False Creek is a fantastic public amenity with tremendous potential to be an urban oasis for boaters, kayakers, and other year-round recreational users,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We all have a part to play in keeping False Creek clean and helping realize its potential. I encourage all [...]

Edmonton Company Ordered to Remove End Pit Lake

Posted on August 15, 2017
The Alberta government has issued a Water Act enforcement order to Associated Aggregates Inc. The company is required to restore a portion of a sand and gravel pit adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River to dry ground surface conditions after an end pit lake was constructed without authorization. A 2007 Water Act approval permitted the establishment of a single end pit lake at the north end of the Drayton Valley Pit site, and did not authorize a wet excavation in the south end of the site. Aerial photography and site inspections confirmed the existence of two end pit lakes, including an unauthorized lake with a constructed berm at [...]

Manitoba Engages Indigenous Communities on Outlet Channels

Posted on August 14, 2017
The Manitoba government is engaging in consultations with Indigenous communities on the preferred route of the Lake Manitoba Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels. “Our government has committed to the construction of the Lake Manitoba Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels, which will keep Manitobans and their communities safe,” said Brian Pallister, premier of Manitoba. “As we prepare for one of the most significant infrastructure projects in a generation, we are proud as a government to move forward on a path of working in partnership with Indigenous communities. Today, we are pleased to build on the important work already done by Minister [...]

Report Addresses Flood Resilience in Bow River Basin

Posted on August 14, 2017
The Government of Alberta has begun implementing the advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better manage water throughout the Bow River basin. The Bow River Water Management Project report, produced by the Bow River Working Group, represents a first step in building multiple layers of resilience throughout the Bow River basin to address both flood and drought concerns. It outlines both short- and long-term options. Possible options for upstream storage include new potential storage sites and a further modification of TransAlta reservoir operations. “Our government has made it [...]

Manitoba Announces $34-Million for Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on August 11, 2017
The Government of Manitoba is investing over $34 million in new water and wastewater upgrades for Manitoba municipalities. “Our government is investing in important water and wastewater projects in communities across the province,” said Eileen Clarke, minister of indigenous and municipal relations. “These projects will help foster sustainable, safe, healthy communities for Manitobans to live and work. By partnering with municipalities to invest in strategic infrastructure, we are supporting economic growth in Manitoba.” The announcement is part of a new five-year Manitoba Water Services Board capital funding plan that will [...]

Electroflocculation System Exceeds Standards by 400 Percent

Posted on August 10, 2017
The town of Unity Saskatchewan is experiencing higher-than-expected results with a first-of-its-kind-in-Canada wastewater treatment system that was installed at the beginning of January 2017. The two systems in Unity were manufactured by Tecvalco Ltd., which is headquartered in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Tevalco's primary manufacturing facility located in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The Soneera Wastewater System is a membrane-free, continuous flow electroflocculation system that can treat up to 750 cubic metres of water per day using a single system module. It uses very small amounts of power, ranging typically from 0.03 [...]

Western Water Resources in a Changing Climate

Posted on July 27, 2017
The Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) recently released two documents on the changing environment in Canada’s west, focused on the impacts to water resources. Future Climate Conditions over Western Canada focuses on the work of Dr. Yanping Li and colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security. Li et. al have used a modeling approach that provides detailed views of the future climate in the Mackenzie and Saskatchewan River Basins. Precipitation changes, control years (CTL) versus projected future climate (PGW). Courtesy, CCRN. The team’s findings include: Overall increase in daily [...]

Federal Government Invests $9.2M in White Bear First Nation

Posted on July 26, 2017
The government of Canada announced new investments to the elimination of the long-term drinking water advisory in White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan. The approximately $9.2 million will help replace the community's water treatment system, enabling more than 800 residents to access clean water for the first time in over five years. The project, expected to be complete by December 2018, is part of Canada's commitment of $1.8 billion to improve water infrastructure and strengthen Indigenous communities. "This investment means that soon, people in White Bear First Nation will be able to turn on the tap and drink the water and [...]
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