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Fund Will Help Alta. Farmers with Wetland Projects

Posted on August 29, 2017
Alberta philanthropist David Bissett and the national charitable organization ALUS Canada today announced The Bissett Action Fund, a $500,000 gift which will help support wetland restoration and other projects on farms and ranches in southern Alberta. "It's all very well to promote conservation," said Bissett, "but we can't regulate farmers into providing ecosystem services; we have to work with them and provide the resources to encourage them to produce these valuable services. That's why ALUS is a great way to go." The $500,000 Bissett Action Fund will be used to help 39 farmers and ranchers maintain 186 ALUS projects south of [...]

Shortlist for Macauley Point Pump Station & Forcemain

Posted on August 28, 2017
The Capital Regional District (CRD) has announced a shortlist for the Macaulay Point Pump Station and Forcemain. The Wastewater Treatment Project has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three qualified proponents as part of the selection process for the contract to design and build the pump station and forcemain. Five submissions were received in response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which closed on July 05, 2017. The following three teams have been selected to move forward to the RFP stage: • AECOM Canada Ltd/Graham Infrastructure LP Joint Venture • Aecon Water Infrastructure Inc.; and • Kenaidan [...]

Eastend, SK, Receives Fed. & Prov. Investment for Water Infrastructure

Posted on August 28, 2017
On Friday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding to upgrade the Town of Eastend's water treatment facility. The work includes expanding the existing building over a new underground water storage reservoir, improving water treatment, developing and rehabilitating groundwater wells, and installing new raw water supply mains. This project will support the town's economic growth and development, improve the quality of drinking water and help protect local waterways and ecosystems for years to come. “Thanks to funding from the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, the Town of Eastend can keep moving forward [...]

Canadian Water Manager Made President of Intl. Ozone Association

Posted on August 24, 2017
The International Board of Directors of the International Ozone Association (IOA) elected Dr. Saad Y. Jasim as the President-Elect for the International Ozone Association, starting January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019. On January 1, 2020, Dr. Jasim will begin his term as President of the International Ozone Association. Dr. Jasim is the manager of utilities at the City of White Rock and oversees day-to-day water operations and the large-scale infrastructure and research projects associated with White Rock’s Total Water Quality Management Plan. He has led the city’s research on secondary disinfection and treatment processes for [...]

Drought Levels 3 & 4 in B.C. Watersheds, Despite Spring Floods

Posted on August 24, 2017
The Government of British Columbia has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Coldwater River watershed and a Level 3 drought rating for the Salmon River watershed. The province is urging all water users, including residents, industry, farmers, and municipalities, to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The Coldwater watershed has been set at Drought Level 4, because conditions are extremely dry and flows have dropped to critical flow thresholds for fish populations, including juvenile steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon, which are currently in the river system. With continued warm, dry weather in the forecast, river [...]

Canmore, Alta., Hits 67.6% of Debt Limit to Fund Water Infrastructure

Posted on August 23, 2017
Canmore, Alberta, has given second and third reading to debenture borrowing to fund three water infrastructure projects and an upgrade to its community recreation centre. The three water infrastructure projects are the Cougar Creek Flood Retention Structures, Lift Station 2 construction upgrades, and a capacity upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant’s dewatering system. The Cougar Creek Long-Term Hazard Mitigation project was approved by the town’s council with a budget of $39,822,620, with funding from debenture ($3,500,000), General Capital Reserve ($500,000), and grants ($35,822,620). The project will include construction [...]

Man. Launches Consultations to Improve Water Management

Posted on August 22, 2017
The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning. “Our government believes there are tremendous ecological opportunities to improve the future of our province through effective watershed management strategies,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires. “With the development of these watershed-based planning initiatives, our province will be better positioned to address the challenges of climate change, reduce nutrient loading in our lakes and waterways, protect against drainage and flooding, and [...]

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 [...]
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