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Responsible Actions: How Does Water Figure in Alberta's Plans?

Posted on February 13, 2009
Alberta has released a long-term development plan, highlighting sustainable and responsible growth for its oil sands. The 20-year plan, titled Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands, aims to reduce the environmental footprint, optimize economic growth, and increase the quality of life in Alberta's oil sands regions. Water highlights include goals to Protect human health and ecosystems by setting regional outcomes and thresholds; Maximize water conservation, efficiency and productivity with lowest water use achievable, including but not limited to achieving Water for Life targets; Identify the amount of fresh [...]

Climate Change Will Decrease Alberta’s Water Supply: Report

Posted on February 10, 2009
With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. "We need to plan ahead and consider the impact that climate change is likely to have on fresh water resources in Alberta," says Mary Griffiths, the lead author of the report, Heating Up in Alberta: Climate Change, Energy Development and Water. The report draws attention to the decline of summer river flows, the future effects of climate change on water supply and the projected growth in demand for [...]

Alberta Takes Water Management Action in Athabasca River

Posted on January 21, 2009
Alberta Environment has directed industry to reduce water withdrawals from the Athabasca River as a result of a naturally occurring low water flow in the region. Statistics show water flow levels have dropped into the yellow warning zone as determined by the Water Management Framework introduced in 2007. Under the framework, a yellow flow condition means the river is experiencing low flows, which occur naturally about 20 per cent of the time. When this happens, water withdrawals may increase stress to the aquatic ecosystems. This is the first time yellow flow levels have been reached since the implementation of the framework. Alberta [...]

Feds Reinvest in Sustainable Infrastructure Research

Posted on January 20, 2009
Universities, municipal governments, and companies in Saskatchewan will be able to work together to develop innovative solutions to assess, maintain, develop and renew vital public infrastructure and municipal services such as drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, has announced a renewed investment in the National Research Council (NRC) Sustainable Infrastructure technology cluster initiative in Regina. Innovative science and technology-based solutions at the Regina cluster include evaluation and assessment technologies to help keep drinking water safe and the [...]

BX Creek Gets a Facelift

Posted on January 15, 2009
Through a provincial grant from the General Strategic Priorites Fund, the City of Vernon, B.C. has been awarded $801,800 representing the full cost of the project to upgrade BX Creek from Swan Lake to Pleasant Valley Road. The work will significantly improve water quality and aquatic habitat, enhancing and protecting a valuable aspect of community green space. Commenting on the extensive planning of this project, Rob Dickinson, manager, engineering services acknowledged those who have partnered with the City throughout the planning phase. "It will be exciting to see the construction of this project this fall, as it has been a three-year [...]

Manitobans Can Save Money, While Using Less Water: Melnick

Posted on January 13, 2009
An instant rebate as part of the WaterSmart Manitoba initiative will be offered at participating retailers on the purchase of high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets for one day, February 21, Water Stewardship Minister has Christine Melnick announced. "We have worked with retailers to join in this new effort and are pleased with their widespread support to help preserve more clean water for future generations," Melnick said.  "Our program allows Manitobans to save at least 80 million litres of water every year and collectively cut their water bills by $2 million." On Saturday, February 21, the public can go to one of many participating [...]

Funds for Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on January 6, 2009
An innovative energy recovery system will be constructed at the Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant thanks to $2.98 million in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund. This new energy recovery system will capture thermal energy from effluent to provide hot water and space heating in the treatment plant and adjacent facilities, including the Panorama Recreation Centre, the Centre for Plant Health, and an elementary school. The new project will test an innovative heat recovery system design. Existing guidelines state that the maximum distance from the heat recovery source to the heat users is 500 metres. This project will push [...]

Sask. Water Supply Project EA Continues as Study

Posted on December 17, 2008
Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that a comprehensive study is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Saskatchewan Landing Regional Water Supply Project in west central Saskatchewan. The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendation submitted by the responsible authority, Infrastructure Canada. The report contains information on the scope of the project, the factors to be considered in the EA and the scope of those factors, public comments in relation to the project, the potential of the project to cause adverse environmental effects and the ability of the [...]

Alberta’s Major Water Users Make Commitment

Posted on December 17, 2008
Some of Alberta's largest users of waters are taking action to develop and implement water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans as part of the province's renewed Water for Life strategy. The Alberta Water Council released a report on December 16, 2008 outlining 21 recommendations for water conservation, efficiency and productivity sector planning to guide seven Alberta sectors in setting and meeting water conservation, efficiency and productivity goals. The sectors include: -   Chemical and petrochemical -   Forestry -   Irrigation -   Mining -   Municipalities -   Oil and gas -   Power generation All [...]

Source Water Protection Funds for Sask.

Posted on December 16, 2008
The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and the North Saskatchewan River Basin Council have signed a funding agreement to begin the implementation of the North Saskatchewan River Watershed Source Water Protection Plan. Watershed Authority Vice President of Operations for Saskatchewan Wayne Dybvig and North Saskatchewan River Basin Council Vice Chair John Kindrachuk signed the agreement during a ceremony held this week at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford. "We're very pleased to support the Council's efforts to protect source water in this watershed, which is home to more than 115,000 people," Minister responsible for the [...]
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