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Vernon, U Vic, and Genome BC to Partner on Stream Health

Posted on February 22, 2017
The City of Vernon is partnering with Genome BC and the University of Victoria on an innovative research project to identify threats to stream health in the community. Urban streams are of significant community value and the water has a range of uses from recreational to agricultural. Vernon is interested in improving the quality of water in its local streams and the local beaches around Okanagan Lake. The project team will use genetic identification of feces (E. coli) and its source (human, dog, livestock, waterfowl, or other sources) to determine some of the threats to the health of Vernon’s streams. The results of this study [...]

SNC-Lavalin Wins Clean Energy Award for Jimmie Creek Project

Posted on February 21, 2017
SNC-Lavalin has announced that its work on Alterra Power Corp. and Axium Infrastructure Inc.’s Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project won Clean Energy BC’s Project Excellence award at its annual Generate 2016 conference in Vancouver. Clean Energy BC’s mission is to promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s clean energy industry, building strong relationships with government, First Nations, and environmental organizations to improve the sector’s social license. Every year, the Project Excellence distinction is presented to an operating company for outstanding teamwork, project development, and execution. Nominations [...]

Kelowna Wastewater Asset Management Report

Posted on February 21, 2017
The City of Kelowna has reported that it has good wastewater asset management news. At Kelowna’s city council meeting on February 20th, Joel Shaw, infrastructure planning manager for the city, presented an updated Wastewater Asset Management Plan and provided a report card for the city’s current wastewater assets. The report detailed for the council that the infrastructure required to support the City’s wastewater service has a replacement value of $716 million. The cost of addressing system operation, maintenance, infrastructure renewal, and infrastructure to support growth and improve service levels will, on average, need [...]

Freshet Flooding Could Cost $1.1B in Fraser Valley

Posted on February 21, 2017
A report published by the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in partnership with the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative has determined that freshet flooding could cost Fraser Valley agriculture industry $1.1 billion. The Fraser River’s annual peak flow—the freshet—typically occurs between mid-May and early July. The risk of flooding occurs when there is a large snowpack combined with sudden warm temperatures – in some cases combined with heavy spring precipitation – resulting in higher peak flows. The FVRD is home to 2.4 per cent of the total land farmed in B.C. and 14 per cent of the province’s [...]

Okanagan Basin Water Board Launches Well Registry

Posted on February 17, 2017
Amidst the confusion about what new B.C. groundwater regulations mean for residents, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has developed a guide that explains the process for water licenses. “Most people in the Okanagan are on municipal water utilities. But there are still a large number who are on their own wells and they should know how groundwater licencing will affect them,” said OBWB executive director Anna Warwick Sears. Under the new regulations, residential well owners are not expected to get licences and do have rights to water for domestic uses. Sears said that it is prudent for those with a well to register it to [...]

Largest Agricultural Drainage Project in Sask. History

Posted on February 17, 2017
Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) has issued the largest single agricultural drainage approval in the province’s history. Located in the Gooseberry Lake Watershed, the Dry Lake Project is a single approval permit issued to 73 landowners of more than 7,000 hectares (18,000 acres) for an organized, managed drainage network. While large scale organized drainage projects have been built before, this project is unique as it includes all existing drainage works and some future drainage works. “This is a significant project in our province,” said Scott Moe, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency.  “Nowhere [...]

B.C. Watertech Wins Innovation Award for Ammonia Removal

Posted on February 16, 2017
Axine Water Technologies has won a BCIC Ignite Award for ammonia removal technology. Administered by the BC Innovation Council, the award honours three research projects in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia. The awards were presented on February 7th, 2017, garnering $300,000 for Axine Water Technologies. To be eligible for the funding, projects must be in the area of natural resources or applied science providing clearly articulated solutions to existing problems. Further, they must have a pairing of an academic member and industry partner, garner funding from other sources with a 2:1 ratio with respect [...]

Whirling Disease, Bow River Declared Infected Area

Posted on February 13, 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on Friday that it has confirmed the presence of whirling disease (infection with Myxobolus cerebralis) in the Bow River watershed of Alberta, including Banff National Park, and the Bow River watershed has been declared an infected area for this disease. As a consequence, the CFIA has outlined a domestic movement permit process for industries dealing with potentially contaminated specimens and establishes a federal government role in management of this disease for Canada. However, the declaration does not mean that every susceptible finfish population within the Bow River watershed [...]

B.C. Watershed Snowpack 79 per cent of Normal

Posted on February 9, 2017
The latest survey of snowpack in British Columbia shows that there has been below-average accumulation in the province’s watersheds, reports the River Forecast Centre (RFC). Snowpack was 79 per cent of what is expected for February 1st, according to the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin from the RFC. January saw “below-normal precipitation across most of the province and well below-normal precipitation in southern and north-east B.C.”, the report noted. Recent research in the journal Nature, Elevation alters ecosystem properties across temperate treelines globally, found that climate in mountainous regions is changing [...]

Research Highlights Impact of Petroleum on Fish Species

Posted on February 1, 2017
Two recent studies from the Univsersity of Alberta and Stanford have emphasized the deleterious effects of petroleum spills on the health of fish species, freshwater and saltwater, respectively. A study led by Daniel Alessi, Greg Goss, and Jon Martin from the Univesity of Alberta focused on the impact of fluids produced in hydraulic fracturing on rainbow trout. The second study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, identified a chemical in petroleum that causes cardiotoxicity in fish exposed to oil spills. In a news article on the University of Alberta’s website, Goss said of the study [...]
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