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Eco-Certification of Manitoba Fishery Boosts Local Economy

Posted on October 17, 2014
Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced on October 17 that the eco-certification of the Waterhen Lake fishery in Manitoba will help secure the community’s economy. The eco-certification is the first in North America and will ensure fishers have continued access to global markets, while also being able to maintain prices and take advantage of markets that want eco-certified products. The Waterhen Lake fishery is the first freshwater fishery in the Western Hemisphere to attain certification as a sustainable, well-managed fishery. Credit: Canadian Press. “Waterhen Lake fishers did their homework [...]

Alberta Town Urges Residents to Go Low Flow

Posted on October 14, 2014
The City of Red Deer, Alberta is encouraging residents to ditch their old or leaky toilets in favour of low flow models. Residents who choose to go low flow can then apply for a rebate through the city’s residential toilet rebate program. In order to qualify for a rebate, applicants must be property owners in Red Deer, have a current utility account, and purchase a qualifying toilet. The city offers $25 rebates for homeowners who replace high flow toilets with low flow toilets (six litres or less) and $50 rebates for dual flush toilets. “Replacing old toilets with low flow toilets has significant household water savings,” [...]

EPCOR and Ostara to Build Nutrient Recovery Facility in Edmonton

Posted on October 1, 2014
EPCOR Water Services Inc. and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies will partner to construct a facility to recover phosphorus from the nutrient-rich wastewater stream from the Clover Bar biosolids settling lagoons at Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre. The facility, set to be the largest nutrient recovery site in Canada, will transform the phosphorus into an eco-friendly, slow-release fertilizer. The technology at work inside the facility will help the Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant meet phosphorus discharge regulations, and will protect the local watershed by reducing algae growth on the North Saskatchewan River. The facility [...]

Alberta Approves Flood Mitigation Projects

Posted on September 29, 2014
The Province of Alberta has committed to two new flood mitigation projects aimed at protecting High River and Calgary after heavy flooding affected the two towns in summer 2013. Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said the province is providing a comprehensive flood mitigation plan. Credit: David Levy. The two projects are a south diversion of the Highwood River to protect High River, and a “Room for the River” dry reservoir in the Springbank area to accommodate flood waters from the Elbow River, which will protect Calgary. Both projects have yet to undergo environmental assessments and public consultations. “The waters receded [...]

Water Upgrades Complete in Kananaskis Country

Posted on September 16, 2014
Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Credit: minniemouseaunt via Flickr. Upgrades to improve the quality and supply of tap water in Kananaskis Country have been completed. The Government of Alberta, EPCOR, and the federal government partnered to deliver significant upgrades and expansions to the 30-year-old Evan Thomas water and wastewater treatment plant, which will now meet the growing water needs of the Bow Valley region. The new water treatment plant and state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant were built under a public-private partnership (P3) between the Alberta government and EPCOR, and supported by the [...]

B.C. Issues Warning to Imperial Metals for Mine Tailings Breach

Posted on September 10, 2014
The Government of British Columbia issued an official warning to Imperial Metals on Sept. 9 after an inspection found the Mount Polley copper and gold mine still leaking effluent a month after dam failure released millions of litres of mine waste into nearby waterways. Quesnel River at Likely, B.C.. Credit: Province of British Columbia. B.C.’s Environment Ministry inspected the mine on Sept. 4 and discovered that it was out of compliance with the Environmental Management Act because the tailings storage facility was still releasing effluent into Hazeltine Creek. As part of its warning, the Ministry issued an advisory to the [...]

Red River Commission Joins Effort to Protect Lake Winnipeg

Posted on September 5, 2014
The Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) has joined the growing list of signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord, signifying the first cross-border support for the accord. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh made the announcement on September 4. “Manitoba is pleased to have more partners join the effort to protect water quality across the Lake Winnipeg watershed including in the Red River,” Mackintosh said. “It’s great to see this new support join the Canadian government, the Province of Manitoba, and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves who signed the accord on March 21.” The RRBC was established in [...]

Canadian Student Wins 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Posted on September 4, 2014
Calgary's Hayley Todesco, 18, received the 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on September 3 for inventing a method that uses slow sand filters to treat contaminated water in oilsands tailing ponds. Todesco’s method treats wastewater at a faster rate than typical practices because sand filters produce bacteria that effectively break down toxic waste. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (right) presents Calgary's Hayley Todesco with the 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Credit: Stockholm International Water Institute. “This year’s winning project addresses a neglected, but pressing, environmental issue,” the jury [...]

Saskatoon Invests $10.6 Million in Water and Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades

Posted on September 3, 2014
Saskatoon has employed trenchless rehabilitation methods to improve 6.14 kilometres of watermains and nearly eight kilometres of storm and sewer mains. Credit: Michalkun. The City of Saskatoon has invested $10.6 million in water and sewer infrastructure upgrades this construction season, including the rehabilitation of storm and sanitary sewer mains and watermains. “We are actively taking steps to improve our network,” said Chris Hallam, the city’s director of construction and design. “We give priority to those water and sewer mains that have a high break history in an effort to minimize the potential for future breaks.” The [...]

Manitoba Provides "Don't Move a Mussel" Update

Posted on August 29, 2014
A cluster of zebra mussels. Credit: D. Jude, Univ. of Michigan. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship will enhance water sampling and monitoring for zebra mussels throughout many areas of Lake Winnipeg. Decontamination stations have been set up at Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, and Selkirk Park, and portable decontamination units will move between other high-traffic harbours. It was reported on August 11 that a small number of larval zebra mussels (veligers) were found in treated harbours and other areas. More than 60 previous samples had not revealed any zebra mussel activity in Lake Winnipeg. Since then, increased sampling has [...]

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