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Man. Grants Sustainability Awards for Water Work

Posted on May 11, 2017
Yesterday, Manitoba announced the recipients of its 2016 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards. Winners included water-based initiatives in research and public education. “It’s very encouraging to see so many individuals, organizations, and communities helping to make small changes that have a big impact,” said Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, who announced the winners. “I’d like to congratulate these award winners for their insight and their dedication to making a difference.” This year’s award winners demonstrate that private and public-sector organizations are actively promoting sustainability [...]

BC Announces Disaster Financial Assistance for Recent Floods

Posted on May 8, 2017
British Columbia has announced that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the central region who may have been impacted from the flooding that began on May 4th, 2017. DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations, and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. In March, the province announced that it would invest $80 million in emergency preparedness and flood mitigation. Flood management measures, including flood insurance, are increasingly front page news in [...]

Monitoring Confirms Whirling Disease in Oldman Watershed

Posted on May 8, 2017
On May 1st, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has declared the Oldman River watershed infected with whirling disease. The province in coordination with parks Canada and CFIA continue to monitor and manage watersheds where the disease has been detected. The declaration covers all streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers feeding into the Oldman River, including those in Waterton Lakes National Park. The affected zone ends at the confluence of the Oldman River and South Saskatchewan River. Areas in Alberta outside the Bow River and Oldman River watersheds were previously declared as a buffer area and are not affected by the [...]

Vancouver Housing Crisis Adds Pressure to Water Quality

Posted on May 3, 2017
In support of the City' of Vancouver's goal to protect waterways and the environment, Vancouver council approved new actions to strengthen the protection and reduce contamination in Vancouver's surrounding waters. Ongoing work on water quality in False Creek, and information gathered and assessed by the False Creek Water Quality Working Group (FCWQWG), suggested that a primary contributor to E. coli contamination in False Creek is from the discharge of untreated sewage waste from marinas, and recreational vessels such as fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Although it is illegal to dump sewage from boats within three nautical miles [...]

Kelowna to Debate Moving Ahead on Integrated Water Plan

Posted on April 28, 2017
City of Kelowna Council will consider a 2017 Capital Budget amendment on Monday to initiate work on Kelowna Integrated Water—Phase 1. The $63.7 million multi-year project will bring clean, safe drinking water to citizens of Southeast Kelowna. The project also intends to deliver a more reliable supply of agricultural irrigation water for the South Mission through integration of that system with the City of Kelowna Water Utility. Receipt of a $43.9 grant from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will see ratepayers of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) realize a significant direct cost savings, in addition to completing [...]

Burnaby Concerned Over Potential Pipeline Impact on Brunette Watershed

Posted on April 28, 2017
On April 24th, the City Council of Burnaby, British Columbia, heard a report to council regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which the report anticipates would have significant impacts on the Brunette River watershed. In November, 2016, the Federal Governor in Council granted approval for the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The Governor directed the National Energy Board (NEB) to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with conditions for the pipeline project. The project would include: 980 km new pipeline 193 km reactivated pipeline 12 new pump stations 19 new storage tanks to existing [...]

Alberta Commits $1.3M to Assessing Creosote Levels in Bow River Watershed

Posted on April 26, 2017
The Alberta government is undertaking a five-year, $1.3-million project to continue assessing creosote levels in Calgary’s West Hillhurst community around the Bow River watershed. The goal of the project is to assess the extent of contamination in the neighbourhood and examine levels throughout the year to determine any seasonal variances. The most recent monitoring, between 2010 and 2014, did not identify risks to human or aquatic and environmental health. However, the province is funding this long-term project to better understand the scope and nature of the creosote in the community and along the Bow River. The provincial [...]

Fossil Groundwaters Contain Modern Contaminants

Posted on April 26, 2017
Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water is not immune to modern contamination, as has been widely assumed. The team analysed carbon isotopes data gathered from 6,455 wells globally and the majority of the earth's groundwater is likely fossil groundwater, derived from rain and snow that fell more than 12,000 years ago. The team was able to demonstrate [...]

Manitoba Announces Flood Compensation

Posted on April 25, 2017
The Emergency Management and Public Safety Division of Manitoba Infrastructure has announced Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) will be available for eligible municipalities, homeowners, farms, and small businesses impacted by 2017 spring flooding. Officials are still assessing the overall impact of the spring run-off and have stated that it is too early to put a precise value on the costs of responding and recovering from this year’s flooding. The province noted that a growing number of insurance companies offer overland flood insurance. Home and business owners affected by the spring run-off should contact their insurer to [...]

Guangdong Works to Improve Water Quality, Signs Agreement with Alta.

Posted on April 25, 2017
Alberta and the province of Guangdong in southern China have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen ties and facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions as Guangdong works to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality. Premier Rachel Notley signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Alberta in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Governor Ma Xingrui signed on behalf of the Guangdong government. The sister-province relationship agreement has significant implications for increased trade and investment between both provinces. Specifically, it creates the conditions for the governments of Alberta [...]
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