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B.C. Clean-Tech Company Wins BREW Accelerator Prize

Posted on June 16, 2016
A British Columbia-based clean-tech company, Smart Waters, is one of the latest recipients of the of the BREW (Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.) Accelerator program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States. Each year, BREW winners receive up to a $50,000 equity investment, accelerator space in the Global Water Center, business training through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, mentorship from water industry experts, investor guidance, and support. Smart Waters—a start-up led by Jamie Gordy, the founder and CEO —increases City resilience by harvesting rainwater and holding [...]

BHP Billiton Connects with Day Star First Nation on Water Project

Posted on June 6, 2016
BHP Billiton, one of the largest mining companies in Saskatchewan, has teamed up with local First Nation to connect 15 homes to its water treatment plant. In 2013, BHP Billiton signed an opportunities agreement with Day Star First Nations. The agreement outlined how they would work together on opportunities in area of community development, employment, and training. For decades, community members had to rely on cisterns and trucked water for their households and identifying ways to secure a clean water supply was a priority. A number of years ago, the community was able to get a low pressure water system to a number of homes [...]

Construction Starting on Key Wastewater Infrastructure in West Kelowna

Posted on May 30, 2016
The City of West Kelowna has begun an estimated $1,362,045 project to replace the Horizon Village Lift Station with a new sanitary sewer system. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will be contributing $454,015 to this project through the Small Communities Fund. The $1-billion Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities across Canada, that have less than 100,00 citizens. The old lift statin will be removed and three new energy efficient pumps will be installed, along with a new control system building, emergency storage capacity, and a backup power supply. This [...]

Government's Plan to Support Manitoba Flood Evacuees Not On Track

Posted on May 19, 2016
The federal government's plan to support the evacuees of the catastrophic 2011 flood in southern Manitoba is at risk of not achieving its objectives, a new report stated. The  audit, released in early May, highlights what's working and what is needed in order to support the return of evacuees over a three-year period, including the negotiation of community settlement agreements, funding of the construction of infrastructure, and the settlement of outstanding litigation. In the spring of 2011, heavy rain flooded out more than 8,000 people from 18 First Nations communities south of Winnipeg—the most significant of which were [...]

Greater Victoria’s Water Supply Deemed Highly Vulnerable To the Threat of Wildfires

Posted on May 12, 2016
This week, the Capital Regional District warned that Greater Victoria’s water supply is highly vulnerable to the threat of wildfires, should those fires occur in the Sooke and Goldstream watersheds. Recent warm, dry conditions have led to increased fire activity in northern British Columbia, and the B.C. Wildfire Service has issued a high-danger rating for Southern Vancouver Island, including the Sooke and Goldstream watersheds. Both these watersheds feed into Greater Victoria's drinking water reservoirs, where there is no filtration system. Although wildfires are a natural form of disturbance that are important to forest health [...]

Ed Travanut is Awarded the Victor M. Terry Operator of the Year Award

Posted on May 11, 2016
The BC Water and Wastewater Association has awarded Campbell River’s Ed Travanut with the BC Water & Wastewater Association award for Excellence in the Water and Waste Industry (the Victor M. Terry Operator Award). Travut was honoured at the BCWWA annual conference and trade show in Whistler last week. "The BC Water & Waste Association is proud to recognize professionals in the water and wastewater industry in BC and Yukon through our Industry Excellence Awards," said Tanja McQueen, CEO of the BCWWA. "We are extremely pleased to honour Ed Travanut with the Victor M. Terry Operator Award in 2016, which recognizes ingenuity [...]

Calgary and TransAlta Strike Agreement on Flood Mitigation and Climate Change

Posted on May 1, 2016
The tradeoffs between water, energy, and climate change are being handled cooperatively in Alberta through a new five-year agreement between the provincial government and TransAlta. The new agreement will allow the province to modify operations at Ghost Reservoir for flood mitigation purposes from May 16 to July 7 each year, and adjust reservoir levels at three Kananaskis-area reservoirs year-round to supplement flows on the Bow River during dry periods, or provide additional flood storage. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, “This is a positive step towards collaborative water management in the Bow River basin. Successful implementation [...]

Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Posted on April 29, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in Manitoba this week. The visit was prompted by an invitation by VICE Media, a multinational television channel brand that targets millenials. VICELAND is filming a documentary on the conditions within Shoal Lake, including a 17-year boil water advisory—one of the longest in Canada. In December 2015, the federal announced its commitment with support from all three levels of government to share the costs, up to $1 million each, for the design work of Freedom Road to provide access to the mainland. That access was cut off when Winnipeg constructed the aqueduct [...]

Red Deer River Watershed Releases Blueprint Watershed Plan

Posted on April 13, 2016
Phase one of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance's watershed management planning process in Alberta has concluded this month with the release of the “Blueprint: An integrated watershed management plan for the Red Deer River watershed." A newly-released plan makes 11 recommendations aimed at improving and protecting the Red Deer River and its tributaries. The blueprint sets out goals, targets, and recommendations regarding groundwater and surface water based on over seven years of preliminary work, including a state of the watershed report, the development of four technical reports and three technical committees, as well as [...]

IBM and Oceans Network Canada Launch Partnership To Improve Ocean Monitoring

Posted on April 9, 2016
Canada's ability to monitor the coastal waters of British Columbia just got "smarter" now that a new program has been launched to install ocean observing technology off Canada’s West Coast. “Smart Oceans BC,” a partnership between the Government of Canada’s Western Diversification Program, IBM Canada, and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), will build upon the NEPTUNE and VENUS subsea observatories with a planned expansion of five cabled ocean observing systems along the northern coast of BC and northern Strait of Georgia. By Pairing ONC’s unique data management system Oceans 2.0 with IBM Canada's technologies, the Smart Oceans [...]
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