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$925,000 for Alberta Water Stewardship Programming

Posted on December 22, 2016
Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) in Alberta has been given a multi-year, $925,000 grant by Alberta’s Environment and Parks to help protect the province’s water resources. The grant provides $250,000 for 2017, followed by $225,000 grants for each subsequent year, ending in 2019-20. This funding will allow the centre to support the development of long-term planning and community-based projects. “Land Stewardship Centre is an important partner in Alberta’s efforts to promote healthy aquatic ecosystems. Programs funded by these grants will result in reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy and safe, secure [...]

$181M Will Help Protect Watercourses at Oil Site Clean Up in N.W.T.

Posted on December 21, 2016
Imperial Oil has committed a $181M security for the cleanup of its oilfield in Norman Wells, North West Territories. The site remediation plan emphasizes protection of natural watercourses in the region. The Norman Wells extraction site has been in operation since the 1920s when the first well was drilled on the banks of the Mackenzie River east of the Bosworth Creek delta. Currently, the operation produces approximately 1,900 cubic metres of oil per day from 353 operating wells. The current site. Source: Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan A part of the company’s renewal of its water licence in March, 2015, was the provision [...]

B.C. District Opens $4M Water Treatment Plant

Posted on December 21, 2016
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have invested in modern water treatment infrastructure in the Abbotsford-Mission district. Funding the project, the Government of Canada contributed $3,078,000 to the project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The District of Mission and the City of Abbotsford contributed $1,203,000, brining the total project cost to $4,281,000. Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission - Matsqui - Fraser Canyon, celebrated the official opening of the new Cannell Lake Water Treatment Plant, what they called a “modern and efficient infrastructure for safer, better quality drinking water for Abbotsford-Mission [...]

Unveiling the Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade P3 Project

Posted on December 20, 2016
This week, the City of Regina cut ribbons at the official unveiling of the completed Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project in Saskatchewan—a project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3). “With the help of our P3 partners, the City of Regina delivered this project on time and under budget,” said Mayor Fougere. “With a transparent process, a great partner in EPCOR, and a wonderful project team we have achieved exactly what we set out to do. I couldn’t be more impressed with the effort and results achieved by our staff through this complicated and challenging process.” An additional [...]

Loss of Prairie Ecosystem A Threat to Watersheds, Source Water

Posted on December 19, 2016
Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Dan Kraus has brought attention to the fact that the threat to Canada’s prairie grassland ecosystem should be of major concerns to Canadians. While Kraus’ primary concerns are for biodiversity, pressure on the ecosystem has the potential to cause problems in the region’s watersheds. According to a 2010 report on biodiversity prepared by the governments of Canada, the country lost 70 per cent of its prairie grassland prior to the 1990s. “In an ecosystem that is created by a lack of water, grasslands are critical for allowing water to infiltrate into the ground, providing base flow to [...]

$45M More for Alberta Flood and Drought Resilience

Posted on December 19, 2016
The Alberta government has announced an additional $31 million in funding for the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) and $14 million for the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP). The flood and drought resiliency grant programs proved to have high demand. To date, more than $100 million has been invested in community-level flood resiliency projects through the ACRP. Money has gone toward flood barriers, erosion control, storm-water management, safeguards for critical municipal water management infrastructure, and other high-priority flood mitigation projects across the province. “Flood and drought events [...]

A Nutrient Management Plan for Crescent Lake, Manitoba

Posted on December 15, 2016
The municipal council of Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba are reviewing options to improve water quality of Crescent Lake. The lake serves as the receiving environment for the city’s storm water runoff, provides year-round habitat for aquatic organisms, seasonal habitat for large numbers of migratory waterfowl and other birds, recreational opportunities for people, and a water supply to a local golf course and vegetable farm. The city commissioned a study to assess the current conditions the lake and options to improve water quality, including cost estimates. The water quality issues identified for Crescent Lake [...]

B.C. Municipality Votes to Borrow up to $6 Million for New Water Filtration Plant

Posted on December 14, 2016
The municipal council of Ladysmith, B.C. has voted to borrow up to $6 million over 25 years to fund a new water filtration plant. The Municipality needs the new infrastructure in order to comply with the provincial health authority and drinking water standards for certain parasites, viruses, and types of turbidly. In 2015, the town conducted a pilot scale treatability study to determine the most suitable treatment option for its particular water source. The pilot study resulted in the selection of of a coagulation, flocculation, dissolved air flotation (DAF) and membrane filtration system, with an estimated cost of $13 million. In [...]

Columbia Basin Trust Initiative Helps Reduce Water Use

Posted on December 13, 2016
The Columbia Basin Trust has announced the success of a water conservation project that saw communities reduce their water consumption between 2 and 39 per cent. “Columbia Basin communities have worked hard and have been recognized as emerging leaders in water conservation,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin trust manager, Water and Environment. “Their collective accomplishments are significant and could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of each participating community. I offer my congratulations for being leaders in water conservation and working together to conserve our water resources.” The Trust stated [...]

$40 million Pledged to Build Freedom Road

Posted on December 13, 2016
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will get its Freedom Road after the provincial and federal governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, reached an agreement to fund the road. According to a CBC News report, the three levels of government will provide $40 million for the project, a 24-kilometre roadway extending from the community to the Trans-Canada Highway. Once the road has been built, Shoal Nation 40 Chief Erwin Redsky says he will shift his focus to the construction of a water treatment plant in an effort to eliminate the community decades-long boil water advisory. The island community on the Manitoba-Ontario border was cut [...]
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