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Canadian Oil Refinery to Reuse 100 Per cent of Water with GE’s Wastewater Treatment Technology

Posted on August 18, 2016
Federated Co-operatives Limited’s oil refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan is set to achieve 100 per cent on-site recycled water after installing an industrial water recycling technology designed by GE. Once fully operationally, the FCL refinery will be the only refinery in North America to recycle all of its wastewater for steam production, which is used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment, and for cooling towers. In addition to the water reuse solution, GE provides the refinery with wastewater specialty chemicals and monitoring solutions to provide system optimization. Once complete, the refinery is expected to [...]

Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Fort McMurray

Posted on August 18, 2016
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that water quality has been restored to a safe level to all water system users serviced by the Fort McMurray water treatment plant. Although the boil water advisory has been in place for three months since a massive wildfire destroyed much of the community, it has been lifted effective immediately. The announcement will affect all areas with active water service by the water treatment plant, including the Abasand, Beacon Hill, and Waterways neighbourhoods. However, water mains and service connections in several heavily damaged areas of the Abasand, Beacon Hill, and Waterways neighbourhoods [...]

B.C. Ministry of Environment is Holding a Review of Draft Water Quality Guidelines

Posted on August 16, 2016
The B.C. Ministry of Environment is currently holding a public review of draft Water Quality Guidelines prior to their final approval. The guidance document notes that many of the B.C.'s ambient water quality guidelines (WQGs) for human health were published in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The numeric values or narrative statements reflect the most up to date source drinking WQGs for the province and replace the source drinking WQGs and recreation WQGs in B.C. WQG technical and overview documents. The province has two approaches for developing ambient WQGs for drinking water sources: Adoption of Health Canada’s Guidelines [...]

Saskatchewan Agency Releases Results of Water Quality Sampling after Husky Oil Spill

Posted on August 16, 2016
The Water Security Agency (WSA) in Saskatchewan  released the first results of its ongoing water quality testing on the North Saskatchewan River and Saskatchewan River systems as a result of the Husky oil spill. The results show no exceedances of the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines or the provincial drinking water standards. However, exceedances were found relative to the Canadian Protection of Aquatic Life Guidelines. One of the samples had an exceedance of toluene, and one sample had an exceedance of pyrene—a colourless persistent organic pollutant usually found as pale yellow crystals. Pyrene falls in the the category of [...]

Skeena Watershed Group Concerned Over Drought Conditions

Posted on August 16, 2016
As the Skeena-Nass area of British Columbia continues to experience Level 3 hydrological drought conditions, leaders from the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition express concern about the long-term health of the watershed and fish populations. Executive director, Shannon McPhail said, "I’m seeing dry gravel bars in rivers that have always been under several feet of water.  I’m seeing salmon fry stranded in channels of the river that have been cut off from the main flow and many have dried up thus killing the salmon fry that were inside. I’ve seen dead whitefish in the river that from the outside look fine." McPhail noted [...]

Skeena-Nass, B.C. Moves to Level 3 Drought Scenario

Posted on August 15, 2016
As a result of prolonged dry conditions along the coast, the Skeena-Nass area of British Columbia is experiencing Level 3 hydrological drought conditions. The Level 3 designation calls for voluntary water-use reductions of 30 per cent from all surface water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural, and industrial users. Ministry staff are closely monitoring river and well levels and may upgrade the drought level if the weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply. Residential, agricultural, and industrial users within municipalities and the regional district are encouraged to observe [...]

Lesser Slave Watershed Grant will Improve Flood and Drought Resiliency

Posted on August 15, 2016
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council Project will receive a $37,480 grant through a Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program to will improve the flood and drought resiliency of communities in northern Alberta. The grant is part of a third round of funding to be used for the restoration of priority riparian areas and community outreach projects in the Lesser Slave watershed. The Lesser Slave Watershed Council also received a $12,500 grant in November 2015 during the second round of Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program funding. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “Improving natural watershed functions [...]

Manitoba’s New Government to Support Construction of Churchill Marine Observatory

Posted on August 11, 2016
Minister of Education and Training, Ian Wishart announced that Manitoba’s new government will provide up to $9 million to the University of Manitoba to support the construction of a new marine observatory in the town of Churchill. Wishart said, “This project is an important part of our vision for a strong, diversified northern economy. The Churchill Marine Observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs, boost tourism and transportation in the region and enhance Manitoba and Canada’s reputation as a world leader in Arctic research.  In the short term, it will benefit the local economy by creating construction jobs.” Once [...]

Okanagan Basin Water Board Expands Program on Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Posted on August 10, 2016
Since the Okanagan Basin Water Board and it’s Okanagan WaterWise program launched the Don’t Move A Mussel campaign in 2013, the level of awareness regarding invasive zebra and quagga mussels has exploded in the valley. Building on its success, the Board has launched an expansion of the campaign to expand public awareness outside of the Okanagan Basin. As of July 27, since eight inspection stations opened April 1 in B.C., almost 13,000 watercraft have been inspected. Of those, 439 were identified as coming from high-risk” areas and nine were found carrying invasive mussels, all from Ontario. Another 50 were quarantined to [...]

Peace River Basin Receives Partnership Grant

Posted on August 10, 2016
A $265,000 provincial grant will help the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance deliver priority projects in support of Alberta’s Water For Life strategy. The Watershed Planning and Advisory Council partnership grant will advance environmental education, collaboration and planning throughout the Peace River basin. It will also support the continuation of community-based projects, such as the restoration of Heart River and the Redwillow River Watershed. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “The Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance is a valued partner that cares deeply about protecting and enhancing natural watershed [...]
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