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Regina, EPCOR to Negotiate Hauled Wastewater Station Transfer

Posted on March 16, 2017
Regina’s city council will consider expanding its wastewater project agreement with EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. to include the operation, maintenance, and infrastructure renewal of their Hauled Wastewater Station. EPCOR already maintains the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The proposal, first brought to council in November 2016, recommends that the city negotiate with EPCOR for service expansion in order to minimize the city’s risk in operating the HWS and allow EPCOR to bundle of asset maintenance and upgrades. As EPCOR and the city already maintain an agreement for operation of Regina’s wastewater treatment plant, both [...]

B.C.'s Cleantech Sector Worth $1.8 Billion and Growing

Posted on March 14, 2017
A new report released by KPMG and the CEO Alliance shows that British Columbia's cleantech sector is worth $1.8 billion and is among the fastest growing sectors in the province. However, those surveyed in the report suggested that more government support is needed to foster the sector. The report delivered the results of a survey of more than 270 cleantech companies in the province following a similar survey conducted in 2011. Jonathan Rhone, the chair of the B.C. Cleantech CEO Alliance and president of industrial wastewater company Axine, wrote, "Over the past five years, B.C. has emerged as a globally recognized centre of cleantech [...]

Manitoba Launches Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Campaign

Posted on March 14, 2017
The Manitoba government has launched a public awareness campaign called Spot the Stripes and Stop the Spread to encourage water-users to help in the battle against zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS), Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox. “Taking an active role in preventing the spread of AIS is the focus of a new awareness campaign that will be asking Manitobans to spot the stripes and stop the spread,” Cox said.  “We know that all Manitobans who enjoy activities on the water want to play their part, so we’re calling on them to help us raise awareness and change behaviours.  Zebra mussels are here [...]

Saskatoon to Pursue Hydropower Project with Possible Paddling Feature

Posted on March 13, 2017
The City of Saskatoon is preparing to enter a formal agreement with the Saskatoon Tribal Council for a new hydropower generation project at the Saskatoon Weir. The total estimated cost of the project is $61.5 - 65.2 million, which is expected to be funded by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and private-sector partners, off-set by revenue generated by the power station and funding from other green-energy funding sources. “The Saskatoon Weir is an ideal location for expanding the City’s clean-power generation program to hydropower,” said Kevin Hudson, manager of Sustainable Energy for the City-owned Saskatoon Light & Power [...]

Prov, Feds Announce Funding for Lions Gate Secondary Facility

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced their funding for the Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Metro Vancouver Lions Gate treatment site. On March 11th, Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development joined by Greg Moore, chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, announced joint funding of up to $405 million towards the construction of the Lions Gate secondary facility. The total projected cost of the facility is approximately $700 million [...]

New Water Supply Project to Save Campbell River $16.5M

Posted on March 9, 2017
The City of Campbell River, B.C., has announced that its new water supply project will reduce the cost of future water system upgrades by an estimated $16.5 million over the next 10 years. "With the construction of Campbell River's new water intake and water quality centre at John Hart Lake, we eliminate the need for millions of dollars in future upgrades that would have otherwise been required," said Mayor Andy Adams. "We appreciate BC Hydro funding the majority of this new water supply project, and we recognize that years of positive partnership between the City and BC Hydro have helped generate this benefit for the entire community." Campbell [...]

Low Levels of Toxic Metals in Athabasca River

Posted on March 8, 2017
An accumulation of research led by William Shotyk, professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at University of Alberta, has found that concentrations of toxic metals in the Athabasca River show limited signs of anthropogenic deposition. In a sequence of three research reports released between December 2016 and March 2016, Shotyk and a variety of collaborators determined the concentrations of toxic metals by testing samples from the Athabasca that ranged over a 125 kilometre range upstream and downstream of oil sands extraction projects. In their first report, the team found that concentrations for a number of [...]

B.C. Funds Alternative Drinking Water Sources in Hullcar Valley

Posted on March 6, 2017
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will provide $950,000 for alternative drinking water sources, treatment for domestic well users, and sustainable, environmentally appropriate farming the Hullcar Valley. The Province will work with the Township of Spallumcheen, Splatsin, Steele Springs Water District, Interior Health, and First Nations Health Authority around the mechanics and timelines for bringing the alternative drinking water sources online. “Splatsin acknowledges B.C.'s commitment providing financial resources to lay the groundwork for safe clean drinking as we see this as a basic human right. We are [...]

Dr. Steve Wiseman Joins Board of Canadian Rivers Institute

Posted on March 3, 2017
Dr. Steve Wiseman, a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic and Mechanistic Toxicology with the University of Lethbridge, has joined the Canadian Rivers Institute Science Directors Board. The CRI Science Directors Board was pleased to accept the nomination of Dr. Steve Wiseman to the CRI science leadership team. Named a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in December, 2016, Wiseman’s research is focused on the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of both adaptive and maladaptive responses in aquatic organisms, particularly fishes, exposed acutely or chronically to natural and anthropogenic chemical stressors. Characterization of adverse effects [...]

Climate Change to Strain Vancouver Water Resources & Infrastructure

Posted on March 1, 2017
A report from Metro Vancouver, with contributions from Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pinna Sustainability, warns that climate induced temperature changes in the Metro area are expected to rise 3 degrees Celsius by the 2050s, which will have a substantial impact on water resources, infrastructure, and management in the region. Anticipated temperature and precipitation changes into the 2050s indicate that as the climate warms, the Metro Vancouver region can expect more than a doubling in the number of summer days above 25 Celsius, from an average of 22 days per year to 55 days per year. The region’s annual precipitation [...]
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