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B.C. Firm Grows Watershed and Fish Habitat Assessment Practice

Posted on January 31, 2017
A Canadian environmental consulting firm, Ecofish Research Ltd., which has consulted on fish habitat enhancement and watershed assessment on hydroelectric projects, has announced the acquisition of ECODynamic Solutions Inc. (EDS), a leading environmental construction monitoring firm located in Courtenay, B.C. “With the addition of a talented team of accomplished professionals, we will bring our clients even better service across all phases of their projects,” said Adam Lewis, president of Ecofish Research Ltd. A recognized expert construction environmental management and monitoring firm, EDS has for the past decade provided [...]

Manitoba Report: Soil Moisture Anticipates Major Overland Flooding

Posted on January 30, 2017
Manitoba has released its 2017 January Conditions Report, which indicates that normal to well-above normal soil moisture and winter precipitation to date, combined with future unfavourable weather conditions, will result in the risk of moderate to major overland flooding across the province. The province’s Infrastructure Minister, Blaine Pedersen, announced: “We have experienced some unusual winter weather to this point that has contributed to an expanded risk of overland flooding in Manitoba.” Pedersen continued, “The Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre will continue to assess data over the coming weeks to refine future flood [...]

B.C. First Nation in Court to Fight Proposed Mine

Posted on January 30, 2017
The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those that they hold title and claim over. In 2010 TML’s proposed Prosperity Mine was also rejected. TML’s proposal is for an open pit copper-gold mine where the Tsilhqot’in Nation has proven Aboriginal Rights and very near the Tsilhqot’in Declared Title Lands. The TML case includes a constitutional challenge to the Canadian Environmental [...]

Cranbrook Releases Time-Lapse Video of Dam Rehabilitation

Posted on January 25, 2017
The City of Cranbrook has released a time-lapse video of the dam rehabilitation at Idlewild Lake. Deemed by B.C.'s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to be a very high consequence dam, the structure posed risks to the community, including the potential disruption of aquatic species habitat in the watercourse connected to the dam. In order to safely rehabilitate the dam, it was first decommissioned, the lake drained, and the fishery habitat temporarily disrupted a bypass pipe and sediment control pond were constructed. Over the course of the late summer and fall 2016, Cranbrook live streamed the construction [...]

Alberta Researchers Model Water Supply & Water Scarcity

Posted on January 19, 2017
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed an agro-hydrological model to study water supply in Alberta’s 2,255 sub-basins and to better understand water scarcity. With respect to the development of the agro-hydrological model, the research abstract states, “Natural hydrologic features of the region create a unique hydrological system, which must be accurately represented in the model for reliable estimates of water supply at high spatial and temporal resolution.” The paper—Uncertainty based assessment of dynamic freshwater scarcity in semi-arid watersheds of Alberta, Canada—examined the cumulative effects [...]

Development of Competency Framework for Water and Wastewater Operators in B.C.

Posted on January 18, 2017
The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) is looking for a consultant to develop a competency framework for water and wastewater Operators. Background Competencies are the abilities, skills and applied knowledge that are needed for effective performance of a job. The EOCP follows the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) model for certification for Operators in water and wastewater (Levels 1 to 4). The ABC model uses ‘Need to Know’ criteria for each level of Operator which tend to focus on technical knowledge or ability. However, there is a need to more clearly elucidate the full range of Operator [...]

Funding Announced for Sask. Wastewater Lagoons

Posted on January 12, 2017
Canada and Saskatchewan have announced the allocation of funding for water, wastewater, and transit infrastructure projects in the province including new and upgraded wastewater lagoons in nine Sask. municipalities. The funding is a part of previous commitments by the federal and provincial governments to providing safe drinking water, reliable wastewater systems, and high-quality public transit systems. Announced by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Donna Harpauer, Minister of Government Relations and Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, the projects will use [...]

Greater Vernon Water Addresses Leaky Pipes

Posted on January 11, 2017
Greater Vernon Water—the utility that serves a conglomerate of municipalities in the Okanagan Region of B.C.—has initiated a program to assess the state of its more than 700 kilometres for water pipelines. Zee Marcolin, the manager of utility operations for Greater Vernon Water (GVW) told Water Canada, "We really started to develop and implement a comprehensive Asset Management Plan three years ago when I started in this position and are still working on it." "Our soil corrosivity sampling is assisting us in identifying areas to look for leaky pipes (ie. metal pipes in corrosive soils) and we have been doing pilot projects [...]

Alberta Passes Motion on Water Security

Posted on January 3, 2017
On December 12, just as the last session of 2016 wrapped up, the legislative assembly of Alberta passed a motion to increase the government's involvement in managing the province's headwater region. Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead put forward the motion (no. 511) which read, "Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to increase its efforts to conserve and manage public lands in Alberta’s headwater regions to optimize downstream water security for future generations of Albertans." Water from mountains and hills of the Rocky Mountains account for 80 per cent of Alberta’s water. Downstream, Saskatchewan [...]

Edmonton Opens Stormwater Smart Street to Traffic

Posted on December 30, 2016
Edmonton has opened its first green street, The Amarature, to traffic, which includes a stormwater diversion mechanism. The city describes The Armature as a pedestrian-oriented street and the core’s first green street. Special soil systems are being used to capture rainfall. The rain is used to help water trees and other vegetation along the street. Edmonton’s The Quarters Downtown, where the green street is located, is an approximately 40 hectare area adjacent to downtown that was the focus of a public revitalization project that commenced in 2006. In the city’s urban design plan for The Quarters, the document described [...]
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