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Water Entrepreneurs in the Running

Posted on July 7, 2009
Today Ernst & Young unveiled this year's Prairie finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognize the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs around the world. The Prairie winners will be announced on October 15 in Calgary, and the overall winner will represent the region in Vancouver on November 24. Water-related finalists include the following: John Wilson H. Wilson Industries Ltd. | Fort McMurray, Alberta Construction company that provides municipal paving and surface, sewer and water, excavation, site grading, sand and gravel, concrete works, and snow-clearing services. Christianne [...]

$1.1M for Lake Winnipeg

Posted on June 26, 2009
Funding of $1.1 million to help clean up the Lake Winnipeg watershed will help develop an integrated water resource management approach, which is critical to dealing with the problem, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Canada Treasury Board president Vic Toews announced the release of funding by Environment Canada for 14 projects under the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiatives involving two projects managed by IISD's new Water Innovation Centre (WIC), headed up by Henry David Venema. Lake Winnipeg is fed by a vast water basin covering 960,000 square kilometres extending over four provinces and four [...]

CMHC Awards 17 Grants

Posted on June 23, 2009
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced 17 new grants totaling more than $84,000 under its Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) Initiative. Operating since 1990, ACT provides grants up to $5,000, to local teams made up of municipalities, builders and housing stakeholders who promote the improvement of planning and building regulations in their communities to lower the cost of housing. ACT also offers a wealth of proven best practices and lessons learned so that communities can benefit from the innovations of others. ACT is funded by CMHC and administered and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities [...]

CRD Chooses Stantec

Posted on June 16, 2009
Victoria's Capital Regional District has chosen a firm to guide the development of the region's planned $1.2-billion sewage treatment system, reports they shoot horses don t they movie download Stantec Consulting Ltd. took on four other bidders to become the program management consultant. The job is to take the project through the design, procurement, construction and then post-construction (phases), said Dwayne Kalynchuk, the CRD's manager of environmental services. The contract is estimated to last eight years, and Stantec will see about one per cent of the project's total costs. The work will be parsed into several [...]

Feds Make Chemainus Decision

Posted on June 10, 2009
Feds have finally made a decision regarding a project in the Town of Chemainus, B.C. beneath the planet of the apes dvdrip download The proposed Chemainus Well Water Supply Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, says Environment Minister Jim Prentice. He has determined that the project does not require further assessment by a review panel and has referred the project back to the responsible authority, Western Economic Diversification Canada, for appropriate action. Prentice based his environmental assessment decision on the comprehensive study report, including conclusions and recommendations submitted [...]

Manitoba and Israel Collaborate on Wetland and Watershed Research

Posted on June 5, 2009
A joint Manitoba-Israel collaboration on research into wetlands and watersheds will be supported by a $100,000 grant from the province, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced yesterday. "This is especially important for Manitoba as we move forward to restore and protect our wetlands including the large Delta and Netley/Libau marshes on the southern shores of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg," Melnick said. The grant will help the International Institute for Sustainable Development implement a joint project with the Galilee Technology Centre in Israel (MIGAL). The project arose from collaboration between scientists [...]

Pure Acquires Pipe Eye

Posted on June 5, 2009
Calgary-headquartered Pure Technologies Ltd. has acquired the assets of Pipe Eye International, a provider of long-range specialty robotic inspection services based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jack Elliott, Pure's president, said, "This transaction will position Pure into the premium robotic inspection service market. We intend to develop and add enhanced capabilities to the existing systems that will provide water and wastewater agencies with better information about the state of their buried infrastructure." [...]

Capital Regional District Votes for Four Sewage Plants for $1.2B

Posted on June 4, 2009
British Columbia's Capital Regional District's Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) has selected a refined distributed wastewater management strategy for the Region's Core Area. Option One, with modifications and additions, was selected as the basis on which to continue further investigations of variations on the strategy, including continued analysis of Options 1a, 1b and 1c. (See information about each option here.) "Choosing a distributed strategy means that we can now continue our research and planning while using Option 1 as the building block upon which to rest future decisions," said CALWMC Chair Judy Brownoff [...]

Funds for Pemberton Potable Water Sustainability Study

Posted on June 4, 2009
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Village of Pemberton, British Colombia. The Village has used the $80,000 grant to conduct a multifaceted study relating to water security and the sustainable management of the Village's potable water resources. The Village of Pemberton's ability to meet the water needs of its residents and industrial-commercial sector is under pressure from rapid population growth, a single-well water resource, and historical data indicating that the Village's per-capita water use is nearly double the national average. To better manage its water [...]

Eight B.C. First Nations Celebrate Completed Water Projects

Posted on May 21, 2009
Eight British Columbia First Nations have completed projects that will improve their water and wastewater systems. Since 2006, the federal government and First Nations have worked with other partners to reduce the number of high-risk water systems in British Columbia First Nation communities by almost 69 per cent. In spring 2006, 64 First Nations in British Columbia had high-risk water systems. As of March 31, 2009, that number has been reduced to 20. With an investment of over $26 million by the feds, the Little Shuswap, Lower Nicola, Canoe Creek, Skidegate, Old Massett, Cook's Ferry, Takla Lake and Moricetown First Nations have [...]
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