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$525M Contract for Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment Plant, B.C.

Posted on April 10, 2017
Metro Vancouver has awarded the contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to ADAPT Consortium at a cost of $525 million. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and be completed by December 2020. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be decommissioned beginning in 2021 and the lands turned over to the Squamish Nation. The ADAPT team has been selected to design and construct the new plant, which will provide secondary sewage treatment services to a population of about 200,000 residents of three municipalities and two First Nations on the North Shore. The plant will be situated on a 3.5-hectare [...]

Construction Contract Awarded for McLoughlin Point Wastewater

Posted on April 7, 2017
The first construction contract for the Capital Regional District's McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Project has been awarded. Harbour Resource Partners (HRP) has been awarded a $272 million contract to build the wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point, which includes the construction of three main components: A 108 megalitres per day tertiary wastewater treatment plant located at McLoughlin Point; a cross-harbour undersea forcemain between Ogden Point and McLoughlin Point; and a marine outfall for treated wastewater at McLoughlin Point. Previously, HRP was selected by the Seatrerra Commission to design, build [...]

Van. Announces Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Cities Initiative

Posted on April 6, 2017
On Wednesday, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, announced its partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and with representatives from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – formally named its first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson. Through the support of 100RC, McPherson will lead the development of the citywide Resilience Strategy to ensure that residents, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems can persist, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks Vancouver may experience. McPherson has worked with Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management [...]

B.C. Company Could Provide Lithium Extraction for Mining Wastewater

Posted on April 6, 2017
Zadar Ventures Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: ZAD) (FRANKFURT: ZAV) (OTC PINK: ZADDF) has announced that it entered into a memorandum of understanding with FlowBack Solutionz Canada Inc., a Canadian oil well wastewater treatment company, to test FlowBack's innovative and proprietary wastewater treatment technology for the purpose of lithium extraction from petrobrines from the company's Manitoba petrobrine projects. Flowback is a water technology innovation company incorporated in 2013. FlowBack currently provides turn-key solutions for oil/water separation, hydrogen sulfide removal and tailings pond remediation services utilizing its patented [...]

B.C. and Yukon Sign Shared Waters Agreement

Posted on April 6, 2017
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement that pledges to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries. “By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work co-operatively to ensure the health of both our environment and citizens, now and in the future. This is yet another step towards managing the shared waters in the Mackenzie River Basin,” said Polak. Through the British Columbia-Yukon Bilateral Water Management Agreement, both governments [...]

UBC Invention Uses Bacteria to Purify Water

Posted on April 5, 2017
A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond. The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles, bacteria and viruses—while letting water filter through. A community of beneficial bacteria, or biofilm, functions as the second line of defence, working in concert to break down pollutants. “Membrane treatment can remove over 99.99 per cent of contaminants, making it ideal for making drinking water,” [...]

Institute Questions Remediation Timeline of Tailings Fluid

Posted on March 31, 2017
Last week, the Pembina Institute released a whitepaper questioning the remediation timeline of tailings fluid in Alberta as a result of oilsands mining. The report stated that by 2015 there were 1.18 trillion litres of tailings wastewater within the province. The research done by the Institute suggested that there is no clear way forward for mining companies to practically deal with tailings wastewater. Water capping, which is the primary practice proposed by most companies, provides “no guarantee” of a permanent separation of tailings water from the broader environment, said the report. In 2015, the Alberta government released [...]

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 [...]
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