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B.C. Company Could Provide Lithium Extraction for Mining Wastewater

Posted on April 6, 2017
Zadar Ventures Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: ZAD) (FRANKFURT: ZAV) (OTC PINK: ZADDF) has announced that it entered into a memorandum of understanding with FlowBack Solutionz Canada Inc., a Canadian oil well wastewater treatment company, to test FlowBack's innovative and proprietary wastewater treatment technology for the purpose of lithium extraction from petrobrines from the company's Manitoba petrobrine projects. Flowback is a water technology innovation company incorporated in 2013. FlowBack currently provides turn-key solutions for oil/water separation, hydrogen sulfide removal and tailings pond remediation services utilizing its patented [...]

B.C. and Yukon Sign Shared Waters Agreement

Posted on April 6, 2017
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement that pledges to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries. “By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work co-operatively to ensure the health of both our environment and citizens, now and in the future. This is yet another step towards managing the shared waters in the Mackenzie River Basin,” said Polak. Through the British Columbia-Yukon Bilateral Water Management Agreement, both governments [...]

UBC Invention Uses Bacteria to Purify Water

Posted on April 5, 2017
A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond. The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles, bacteria and viruses—while letting water filter through. A community of beneficial bacteria, or biofilm, functions as the second line of defence, working in concert to break down pollutants. “Membrane treatment can remove over 99.99 per cent of contaminants, making it ideal for making drinking water,” [...]

Institute Questions Remediation Timeline of Tailings Fluid

Posted on March 31, 2017
Last week, the Pembina Institute released a whitepaper questioning the remediation timeline of tailings fluid in Alberta as a result of oilsands mining. The report stated that by 2015 there were 1.18 trillion litres of tailings wastewater within the province. The research done by the Institute suggested that there is no clear way forward for mining companies to practically deal with tailings wastewater. Water capping, which is the primary practice proposed by most companies, provides “no guarantee” of a permanent separation of tailings water from the broader environment, said the report. In 2015, the Alberta government released [...]

B.C. Invests $80M in Emergency Preparedness, Flood Mitigation

Posted on March 30, 2017
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) has announced that it will be administering a new funding program to enhance the resiliency of local governments and residents for effective emergency response. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is part of an $80 million investment from B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure in disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness. Of the $80 million, $32 million will be allocated to UBCM for the CEPF. Funding is spread among programs and services for flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire [...]

Man. March Flood Outlook: Slightly Reduced

Posted on March 29, 2017
The Province of Manitoba released its March flood outlook on the 24th, which stated that levels of spring flooding continue to be dependent on future weather conditions. However, the outlook also suggested that the risk of overland flooding is slightly reduced since the February outlook, though it remains moderate to major across the province. Manitoba’s Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the outlook. “‎The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre continues to monitor precipitation, spring melt and inflows from the northern United States and the Souris River basin to the west,” said Pedersen.  “At this time [...]

$3M Grant for Ducks Unlimited Canada to Protect Prairie Wetlands

Posted on March 28, 2017
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3-million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect more than 8,000 hectares of wetlands and grasslands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands, and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many [...]

New Westminster Receives $5.5M for Sewer Separation

Posted on March 28, 2017
The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, has been awarded over $5.5 million from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for the Sapperton Combined Sewer Separation project, one of the 144 projects recently announced by the provincial and federal governments. "On behalf of the City of New Westminster, I would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing this funding that will help us achieve our sewer separation goals in the Sapperton area," said Mayor Jonathan Coté. "The contribution from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will help ensure we are protecting our environment and [...]

Alberta Invests $9M in Land and Water Conservation

Posted on March 27, 2017
Working together with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners, the Alberta government has dedicated $9 million to protect ranchlands, river habitats, and watersheds in southern Alberta. Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects, including three large ranches to help keep ranchlands intact. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “It’s vital that we work together to prevent fragmentation and habitat loss on Alberta’s private land. Land trust organizations partner with landowners to safeguard Alberta’s unique landscape for future generations. By protecting wildlife [...]

Alberta Invests $12M in Watershed Councils

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to fulfill its mandate to preserve water resources. “World Water Day challenges us to think about how we protect this extraordinary economic and environmental resource. We are taking [...]

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