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High River, Alta., Flood Mitigation Receives Planning Award

Posted on June 21, 2017
The Town of High River received an Award of Merit on June 19 at the annual Building Resilience Conference in Calgary for the 2015 High River Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which instituted flood mitigation infrastructure throughout the downtown. Since the Alberta floods, High River has constructed pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, naturalized parks, and green spaces, incorporating flood mitigation into existing pedestrian and cycling pathway systems for beautification and functionality. Downtown High River land use design plan. Courtesy, Town of High River. “The Town has invested a great deal in new infrastructure throughout [...]

Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality Released

Posted on June 16, 2017
The Capital Regional District (CRD), B.C., has released its 2016 Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality this week, providing an overview of water quality testing conducted in 2016 across the Regional Water Supply System serving Greater Victoria. Results included in the report indicate that the regions drinking water continues to be of excellent quality and safe to drink. The CRD’s aim is to undertake a comprehensive water quality monitoring program as part of its multi-barrier approach to providing a safe drinking water supply to Greater Victoria. The key aspects of the program are: to ensure that the source [...]

Report: Increase Protection of North Saskatchewan River Headwaters

Posted on June 16, 2017
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has announced  support of a Wildlife Conservation Society Canada report that provides clear scientific evidence for the protection of the Bighorn Backcountry, a key headwaters region on Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Y2Y has concurred with the report and its recommendation for increased provincial protection for the headwaters region, including the North Saskatchewan River. The 148-page report titled Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters assesses the conservation value of approximately 10,000 square kilometres of unprotected wilderness and [...]

$42.7M for BC First Nations' Water and Wastewater

Posted on June 12, 2017
On Friday, the Government of Canada and announced an investment of $42.7 million in water and wastewater for BC First Nations. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, was in Semiahmoo First Nation to announce $42.7 million in targeted funding through Budget 2016 to support 33 First Nation water and wastewater projects in British Columbia, including four which address long-term drinking water advisories. "We, as Semiahmoo First Nation are very pleased and honoured to have INAC Minister Bennett visit our community as well as her continued dedication to resolve our water quality and sanitary sewer issues [...]

Vancouver Entrepreneur to Receive Mitacs Award for Slurry Treatment

Posted on June 8, 2017
A Vancouver entrepreneur has commercialized a new approach for treating dairy farm manure and sewage sludge and will be recognized with an award from Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that partners companies, government and academia to promote Canadian research and training. The microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process (MW-AOP) has earned Asha Srinivasan the award and $5,000 from Mitacs, a national, which she will accept today in Toronto. Srinivasan is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and one of four co-founders of Vancouver-based Boost Environmental Systems. The cleantech system [...]

BI Pure Water Receives NRC Grant for Refractory Wastewater

Posted on June 6, 2017
BI Pure Water, Inc. has been approved for a National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) grant to pilot its low-cost remediation solution for refractory organic contaminants. BI Pure Water’s in-house master chemist Ian Wylie has been personally working on the chemical problem for a decade and he believes he’s found a low-cost solution. “There are so many unaddressed industrial chemicals in our environment, I find this a very exciting and promising market,” said Ian Wylie, R&D Project Manager. “This process should be able to treat refractory wastewaters at an operating cost 5-20 [...]

Edmonton Flood Mitigation Strategy Moves Forward

Posted on June 5, 2017
The City of Edmonton has announced forward motion on its flood mitigation strategy, which will focus on flood risk, potential costs, and schedules outlined for residential areas and underpasses As the next step in the city’s examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure, staff will outline flood mitigation options in two reports at Utility Committee on June 9th. One report identifies engineering assessments of flood risk in over 160 residential neighbourhoods, and a complementary report outlines a high-level study of smaller-scale options to reduce underpass flooding at high-risk locations. “Edmonton needs to invest to [...]

Funding for 75 New Saskatchewan Water Projects

Posted on June 5, 2017
On June 2nd, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout the province. This investment represents combined federal, provincial, and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Communities and Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, announced that the funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment [...]

Alberta Energy Regulator Releases Water Use Report

Posted on June 5, 2017
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released a new report on how the province’s energy industry uses water in an effort to drive improved performance from the industry. The report provides data on water used in a number of production methods for oil and gas (from hydraulic fracturing and enhanced oil recovery ) to mineable and in situ oil sands. “Albertans depend on us to make sure the energy industry is using water in a responsible manner,” said Jim Ellis, the AER’s president and CEO. “This report provides Albertans with a better understanding of how water is being used to produce oil, gas, and bitumen.” The [...]

$131M for Rural Alberta Water & Wastewater Partnerships

Posted on May 30, 2017
More than $131 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant programs will support 29 water infrastructure projects across the province. Once projects get underway, the investment will help sustain approximately 900 jobs. The approved projects include a wastewater line from Sylvan Lake to Red Deer, with $37 million in provincial Water for Life grants. The line will handle wastewater from the Sylvan Lake region to meet the current and future needs of the community as it taps into its potential as a growing tourism destination. “Anyone visiting this region on a sunny summer day will [...]
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