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Flyovers Give Understanding of Groundwater

Posted on January 15, 2010
What flies above will soon give improved knowledge about what flows below. Starting January 16, residents and motorists may notice low-flying aircraft streaking across the sky on a mission to better map underground water resources in outlying areas surrounding Edmonton. The specially-equipped planes will be flying about 120 metres from the ground towing a large low-frequency radio transmitter behind them. A series of flights will be conducted over approximately 30 days to complete a groundwater mapping and inventory survey.Ongoing mapping and modeling of Alberta’s groundwater resources is one of the key actions outlined [...]

IONA Wins Contract in Wetaskiwin

Posted on January 11, 2010
The envision Group has announced that it's wholly owned subsidiary, IONA Contractors Ltd. (IONA), has been awarded a $2.7-million contract with the City of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. This project, to upgrade Wetaskiwin's wastewater lagoons, involves civil and site works to remove and replace intercell structures and provide overall upgrading to the existing lagoons. "The award of this project coincides well with our new office opening in Edmonton," stated president and CEO, Frank D'Addario. [...]

Seair Sells to Oil Sands Operation

Posted on December 15, 2009
Edmonton-based Seair Inc. has sold six large industrial water treatment units to an oil sands facility for use in treating groundwater prior to mining. The water, which has not come in contact with the mining operation, can be pumped out and released to the environment as long as it meets all regulated quality standards and specified parameters of dissolved oxygen to support aquatic life. This groundwater is low in dissolved oxygen and needs to be oxygenated prior to release. Seair's diffusion equipment will be used to treat the water to meet specified parameters for Dissolved Oxygen (DO) and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD). Field [...]

MB: New Rules Affect Failing Private Wastewater Systems

Posted on December 2, 2009
Provincial efforts to improve Manitoba’s environment with a focus on Lake Winnipeg have taken another step with the proclamation of a strengthened Environment Act, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said on Tuesday. “With this legislation, we have expanded the inspection powers of environment officers and introduced a new regulation requiring the reporting of the release of pollutants into the environment,” said Blaikie. The act now requires the reporting of any pollutant that may cause, is causing or has caused an adverse effect on the environment. Additionally, under the new act, greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed [...]

BioteQ Wins Export Award

Posted on December 2, 2009
Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. has received the 2009 Canada Export Achievement Award for the Pacific Region. Presented by Export Development Canada and PROFIT Magazine, the Awards celebrate the spirit and strategies of Canadian small and mid-sized enterprises that are succeeding in foreign markets. Active in Canada, the US, Mexico, Australia, Chile, and China, BioteQ treats wastewater contaminated with dissolved heavy metals and sulphate, producing saleable by-products that can be recycled and clean water that can be discharged safely to the environment. [...]

Winnipeg Sees SEWPCC Commitments

Posted on November 27, 2009
Today marked a three-level commitment of support for improvements to the existing South End Water Pollution Control Centre in Winnipeg. The project involves improvements to the existing South End Water Pollution Control Centre (SEWPCC) to increase the plant's capacity to deal with wastewater during peak periods and protect the health of the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. The total project cost is estimated at $33 million. The feds will set aside up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum federal contribution of $11 million through the new Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF). The Province will match the federal contribution [...]

Alberta Requires Water Allocations Improvements, Says Report

Posted on November 23, 2009
As the province begins closing some of its basins to new allocations, the Alberta Water Council is calling for improvements sooner than later to better utilize and enhance Alberta's water allocations transfer system. In its report Recommendations for Improving Alberta's Water Allocation Transfer System, the Alberta Water Council outlines 23 specific recommendations on how Alberta can improve its water allocation transfer system to better respond to seasonal and annual variations in water flow, increased demand on supply caused by community and economic growth, and the impacts of climate change. The Council's recommendations—all [...]

ATCO Wins Alberta Contract

Posted on November 2, 2009
Calgary-based ATCO Water announced today it has been selected by the towns of Three Hills and Trochu, Alberta to develop a long-term partnership for the delivery of water and wastewater services.Under the proposed partnership, ATCO Water would purchase a minority ownership interest in the integrated water and wastewater systems of both communities, manage the merged operations, and provide capital for future infrastructure. Three Hills and Trochu would retain majority ownership of the integrated water and wastewater system while working with ATCO to make necessary improvements. Existing municipal staff would be employed for day-to-day [...]

McCain Revitalizes Wastewater Treatment Facility

Posted on October 23, 2009
A McCain Foods (Canada) plant in Carberry, Manitoba has revitalized a former wastewater lagoon with a wastewater treatment centre and the naturalization of habitat around the area. After an investment of more than $20 million in an advanced wastewater treatment centre and an expanded irrigation program, the site has become home to ducks and other waterfowl as well as vegetation such as cat-tails, bulrushes, trees, and prairie grasses. McCain also brought in Ducks Unlimited Canada to plant a variety of flood-prone and upland grass around the lagoon. McCain Foods bought the Carberry potato processing plant in 2004. At the time [...]

Award for Eagle Lake Membrane Filtration Facility

Posted on October 22, 2009
The District of West Vancouver’s Eagle Lake Membrane Filtration Facility has won the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) Environmental Award of Excellence for 2009 in the category of Design, Construction, and Monitoring. Sponsored by the Association’s Environment Committee, this award recognizes APEGBC members and their firms for outstanding contributions towards environmental protection and/or sustainable development. Sean Brophy, president and CEO, Dayton & Knight Ltd., the design engineers on this project, and John McMahon, manager of utilities received the award at APEGBC’s President’s [...]
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