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Funding for Community Projects in Northern Manitoba

Posted on December 6, 2016
The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community (NMFCCC) organization has announced that it will be funding projects through 2017 that partner with people in Northern Manitoba to create healthier, stronger communities. For the last two years, the NMFCCC has funded the Northern Fish Composting Stations. The project turns waste products into valuable fertilizer. Initially centred in three communities, Pine Dock, Matheson Island and Dawson Bay, the project remediates fish waste that would otherwise end up in water systems, contributing to nutrient loading. The project encountered a challenge when Matheson Island dropped out of [...]

Toosey First Nation Completes Water Treatment System

Posted on December 6, 2016
On December 5th, Toosey First Nation (Tl'esqox First Nation) in British Columbia announced that it has completed a new water treatment system. The water system includes a new well, water treatment plant, and distribution system. Once commissioned, the system will provide clean, healthy drinking water to the more than 340 residents and eliminate a boil water advisory that’s been in place for more than 10 years. “I would like to give gratitude and thanks for the support that was provided. It has been a long time coming and having the new water system will provide safe, clean drinking water for the people in our community, and [...]

Climate Change Prompts Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience

Posted on December 2, 2016
City planners in Campbell River, B.C., have planned to address climate change impacts and rising sea levels on stormwater infrastructure and public space in 2017. In a statement released December 1st, Campbell River gave notice that it would fund a study on how to protect long-term infrastructure along the community’s waterfront. “An important step in the City’s asset maintenance process will involve reviewing the scheduled replacement plans for critical infrastructure that may be affected by sea level rise to ensure that we select locations and alignments that minimize risk,” said Ron Neufeld, deputy City manager and general [...]

More Bad News For Hydrology Due to the Mountain Pine Beetle

Posted on November 30, 2016
A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles—pheromone baiting—may actually help the pest’s population increase, UBC research shows. A study by Rebecca Tyson, an associate professor of mathematics at UBC’s Okanagan campus, used mathematical modelling to examine several mountain pine beetle management strategies used in Banff National Park. The two-year simulation, which included then PhD candidate Shaun Strohm and University of Calgary professor Mary Reid, compared four separate management strategies: no management (monitoring only), pheromone baiting, tree removal, and finally, pheromone baiting combined with tree [...]

Saskatchewan Improves Agriculture Runoff Strategy

Posted on November 30, 2016
Saskatchewan’s Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency (WSA), Scott Moe, introduced amendments to The Water Security Agency Act on November 29th that will change how agricultural drainage complaints are handled in the province. “With these changes, the process will be further streamlined which will mean a quicker resolution of requests for assistance on drainage issues for producers,” Moe said.  “It encourages producer co-operation through the formation of watershed associations and allows for producer-led projects.” This legislation will support regulations announced in September 2015. The Management Strategy [...]

Mount Polley Mine Disaster & Quesnel Lake: MoE Comments

Posted on November 28, 2016
After the breach of a tailing pond at Mount Polley mine, effluent from the mine was diverted to Quesnel Lake, a glacial lake from which flows the Quesnel River into the Fraser. Quesnel Lake has continued in its capacity as the outflow point for wastewater from the mine. At present, the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MoE) continues to monitor water quality in Quensel Lake and will be doing specific monitoring of the fall turnover, which is expected from late November through early December. During the turnover, impacts from the spill will most likely be evident in portions of the lake above the thermocline. Since the disaster, fall [...]

Kelowna Requests $44M from Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Posted on November 24, 2016
The City of West Kelowna has completed its application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund requesting 83 per cent funding support for the construction of a multi-barrier water treatment plant at the Rose Valley Reservoir. The total cost of the project is estimated at $53.5 million. Construction of the treatment plant was recommended in West Kelowna's Water Utility Master Plan, with the construction recommended to commence in 2022, allowing the city to accumulate the necessary financial resources. Council agreed to advance the project in light of requests from the public after Lakeview System users experienced a water quality advisory [...]

Protecting Fresh Water is a Gold Mine

Posted on November 24, 2016
Seabridge Gold Inc., a Canadian owned exploratory company, has been granted a licence by the Government of Canada for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a water storage facility and other water works at its KSM Project in northwestern B.C. The licence regulates all structures and activities along the transboundary waters shared with the United States, International Rivers Improvement Act (IRIA) and is authorized by the International Rivers Improvement Act. The proposed site for new extraction is approximately 30 kilometres east of where the Unuk River crossed the British Columbia border to Alaska in the Sulphurets [...]

Riverbank Stability Issues at Fault with Husky Oil Spill

Posted on November 21, 2016
Husky Oil has released a report that would suggest the cause of the pipeline leak that spilled 90,000 litres of crude into the North Saskatchewan River was related to slope instability and ground movement due to heavy rain. In its post mortem, the company provided a geotechnical investigation developed by Stantec, as well as recommendations for internal practices to the provincial government. The report stated, "The break occurred on land, approximately 160 metres from the riverbank on the south slope of the river. An estimated 225,000 litres of crude blended with condensate was released from the pipeline and about 40 per cent of [...]

North West Redwater to Re-use Water in Bitumen Processing

Posted on November 18, 2016
North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership has announced that it will make use of GE’s Water & Process Technologies for its new Sturgeon refinery in Alberta. Water & Process Technologies provided an innovative solution to meet NWR’s sustainability and environmental goals as well as the province’s policies. NWR sought the use of GE’s Water & Process Technologies as the best way to reduce water usage in the refining process and as a way of minimizing its environmental impact on the North Saskatchewan River. To minimize the use of freshwater, Water & Process Technologies will provide efficient water treatment [...]

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