Water Canada https://www.watercanada.net From the source to tap and back again Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:11:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 SPONSORED: Earth Day 2019 – Protecting Our Species https://www.watercanada.net/sponsor/earth-day-2019-protecting-our-species https://www.watercanada.net/sponsor/earth-day-2019-protecting-our-species#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:44:37 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062167 It is almost impossible not to be aware of the alarming rate at which some of our most precious plant and wildlife populations are declining – or, worse yet, completely disappearing. It is also no secret that it is human activity that has been repeatedly identified as the root cause of these challenges. Ultimately, we […]

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It is almost impossible not to be aware of the alarming rate at which some of our most precious plant and wildlife populations are declining – or, worse yet, completely disappearing. It is also no secret that it is human activity that has been repeatedly identified as the root cause of these challenges. Ultimately, we are responsible for the clear cutting of vital forests and jungle lands, the loss of wildlife habitats, the invention and use of pesticides, abuse of our oceans and fresh waterways, poaching and pollution. Simply put, we are the culprits.

According to this Fact Sheet on Global Species Decline from our friends at the Earth Day Network, which grew out of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, we are currently seeing an unprecedented rate of extinction across a plethora of species. In fact, according to scientists, we are currently driving some species extinct at 100 to 1,000 times the natural rate. Included in this decline are birds, mammals, coral reefs, plants, insects, fish, crustaceans, reptiles, amphibians, and more. As our human population continues to grow, so too does extinction.

Why does this matter? Simple. The fact is that human life also depends on biodiversity to support vibrant, healthy ecosystems. In other words, all living things are intrinsically connected and each plays a part in sustaining life on our planet – including our own. The good news is that it is not too late to help slow and possibly even reverse the declines we are seeing. Unfortunately, once a species is extinct, it is lost forever. However, it is possible to save many of our threatened species – provided we are willing to work together to turn awareness into action.

Let’s take a quick look at fish, as an example. According to the Census of Marine Life (2010) it is estimated there are more than 32,000 different species of fish worldwide. They are a vital food source that support millions of people around the world. However due to human consumption, over 30% of our fish species are being fished at biologically unsustainable levels. We need to understand limits and protect fish because they play an integral role in the nutrient cycle of our ecosystem. Fish recycle nutrients that are vital to the productivity and survival of base-level organisms in the aquatic food web. Therefore, overfishing can be extremely harmful to these ecosystems.

There are other threats to fish as well, such as habitat loss and climate change. Temperatures are rising in our oceans and lakes, which threatens to disrupt the migration and distribution of many fish species. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are also a problem for marine life because these emissions are absorbed into water, making them more acidic. This results in species like coral and oysters having difficulty with proper shell formation, and, in some cases, they simply die off, which in turn causes problems up the food chain. Another, perhaps more well-known challenge is pollution, which comes in many forms, from many sources, such as chemicals from industry, oil spills and plastic waste. All of these can be devastating to fish and their ecosystems, and they can also contaminate the aquatic species that we take from our bodies of water to consume.

What can we do about all of this? A great way to start is by educating yourself about these threats. Having a better understanding of the root causes helps us to all be more aware of actions we can take such as making sure we reduce and properly dispose of our waste items and by recycling. We can also strive to eliminate the use of plastics and we can walk, cycle and make use of other modes of transportation with lower emissions. We can also take action by switching to reusable bags, organizing community clean-up efforts and by pushing our government leaders to regulate change.

Around the globe, people and organizations in cities and communities of all sizes have awakened to the need to mobilize and act. Thankfully, this is becoming a year-round effort with Earth Day continuing to provide an annual reminder and catalyst for change.

At Lystek we are playing our part in this movement through the development and provision of responsible, proven solutions that recover and maximize the value of nutrients, carbon and energy in biosolids and similar organic resources as part of the shift toward a more circular economy – and a cleaner, greener, healthier world.

Join us and take action to help Protect Our Species on Earth Day – and every day.

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IIASA’s Water Program Director Starts New Position in May 2019 https://www.watercanada.net/iiasas-water-program-director-starts-new-position-in-may-2019/ https://www.watercanada.net/iiasas-water-program-director-starts-new-position-in-may-2019/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:52:15 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062182 Simon Langan, director of the water program, will be leaving International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in May 2019 to start a new position as director of data analytics and country manager at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka. Langan has been a part of IIASA since 2016. Since that time, he […]

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Simon Langan, director of the water program, will be leaving International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in May 2019 to start a new position as director of data analytics and country manager at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka.

Langan has been a part of IIASA since 2016. Since that time, he has played a role in the development and success of the Water Program, which assisted and developed work with the Uganda government and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission on the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative. Through the program, Langan has:

  • Developed the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL).
  • Produced an extensive number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as policy-related analyses, including over 140 papers, technical reports, books/chapters and conference proceedings.
  • Worked with stakeholders at global and local scales to identify policy options and technical solutions to achieve water-dependent Sustainable Development Goals.

“I have had a fantastic time at IIASA. It has been a privilege to work as part of a team focused on identifying both issue and potential solution options for improved water management of global and large, trans-boundary river systems,” Langan said. “I hope in return I have influenced thinking on enhancing wide and varied stakeholder engagement. I will continue to work with IIASA over the coming years and endeavor to further develop collaboration through the senior guest scholar post I have been offered.”

Langan holds a doctoral degree in land use and water quality from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom (UK). His PhD was followed by a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Imperial College in London, UK. His subsequent project and organizational experience have been with various international organizations and centered on a multi/interdisciplinary approach.

Throughout his career, Langan has won grants and secured funding from regional and international donor projects, including from the private sector, the EU 7th Framework, Natural Environment Research Council, National Power, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, USAID, and Canadian Government.

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Nova Scotia Receives Funding to Reduce Impacts of Coastal Flooding https://www.watercanada.net/nova-scotia-receives-funding-to-reduce-impacts-of-coastal-flooding/ https://www.watercanada.net/nova-scotia-receives-funding-to-reduce-impacts-of-coastal-flooding/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:18:55 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062179 Federal Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan and federal Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Lloyd Hines announced funding for two projects in Nova Scotia that will reduce the impact of coastal flooding along the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin. “The Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin are ecologically rich marine environments that […]

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Federal Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan and federal Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Lloyd Hines announced funding for two projects in Nova Scotia that will reduce the impact of coastal flooding along the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin.

“The Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin are ecologically rich marine environments that have a profound effect on the communities, residents, and businesses along their shores,” Jordan said. “These projects will protect over 60 Nova Scotia communities from coastal flooding caused by severe storms, rising sea levels, and other environmental events. By investing in infrastructure that protects communities now, we are helping build for the future.”

These projects will improve over 64 kilometers of dyke systems and causeways in over 60 towns and communities on the western coast of Nova Scotia and along Highway 101. Improvements will provide flood protection for tens of thousands of residents and businesses, numerous wineries, historical and world heritage sites, Indigenous communities, and over 20,000 hectares of farmland. Furthermore, these projects will mitigate damage to the region’s ecosystems and municipal infrastructure caused by rising tides and storm surge events.

“I’m pleased to work with our federal partners to upgrade our aging fundy dykeland system through this significant investment,” said Keith Colwell, minister of agriculture in Nova Scotia. “These improvements to our dykeland system will help provide protection against the impacts of climate change and will protect our national heritage sites, our Indigenous and Acadian cultural sites, our municipal and provincial infrastructure, as well as our agricultural lands.”

The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are each contributing over $56.9 million to these projects. Canada’s contribution is made through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

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Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Province Sign Agreements to Address Historic Wrong https://www.watercanada.net/cheslatta-carrier-nation-province-sign-agreements-to-address-historic-wrong/ https://www.watercanada.net/cheslatta-carrier-nation-province-sign-agreements-to-address-historic-wrong/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:58:02 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062176 More than 65 years after its lands were flooded to make way for the creation of the Nechako Reservoir, the Cheslatta Carrier Nation has signed agreements with the Province of British Columbia that provide restitution and redress for impacts suffered by the community and its peoples. In 1952, community members from Cheslatta Carrier Nation were […]

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More than 65 years after its lands were flooded to make way for the creation of the Nechako Reservoir, the Cheslatta Carrier Nation has signed agreements with the Province of British Columbia that provide restitution and redress for impacts suffered by the community and its peoples.

In 1952, community members from Cheslatta Carrier Nation were evicted from their homes on two weeks’ notice and forcibly resettled outside their traditional lands. Their lands, villages, cultural, and spiritual sites were then flooded as the newly built Kenney Dam filled what is now known as the Nechako Reservoir.

At a private ceremony in Victoria, Chief Corrina Leween and Councillors Ted Jack and Hazel Burt of Cheslatta Carrier Nation, along with Scott Fraser, minister of indigenous relations and reconciliation, signed a Settlement Agreement and an Interim Reconciliation Agreement. Together, these agreements will provide the Cheslatta Carrier Nation with funding and lands to create a base for future community, social and economic development.

“This historic agreement with the Province of B.C. will help address long-standing issues that have adversely impacted our traditional territory since the construction of the Kenney Dam and creation of the Nechako Reservoir. For 67 years, the Cheslatta people have worked tirelessly to achieve resolution and reconciliation to this historic wrong,” said Chief Corrina Leween of Cheslatta Carrier Nation. “This agreement honours the justice our ancestors and previous leadership spent their lives fighting for. Now, we are positioned to begin the healing process and to advance the social and economic standing of our people for generations to come.”

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Cheslatta Carrier Nation will propose certain lands for transfer and tenures. A period of extensive engagement with neighbouring First Nations and stakeholders will proceed before final land parcels can be determined.

“Reconciliation demands we reckon with the truth of our shared history and address the past. The devastation experienced by the Cheslatta people 67 years ago continues to this day,” said Scott Fraser, minister of indigenous relations and reconciliation. “We are committed to doing what we can to redress this wrong. The Settlement Agreements provide the Cheslatta community with lands, funding and support for community healing.”

Community support for a final settlement has been strong, with unanimous endorsement of the Settlement Agreement from Cheslatta Carrier Nation voters in a ratification process concluded on March 14, 2019. Cheslatta Carrier Nation has requested that terms of the agreement remain confidential for one year pending their negotiations with other parties.

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Government of Canada Invests in Water Treatment Technology https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-invests-in-water-treatment-technology/ https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-invests-in-water-treatment-technology/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:28:05 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062164 Saltworks Technologies Inc. has received an investment of $4.4 million from the Government of Canada. This investment in Saltworks Technologies Inc. supports AirBreather, a technology that will help the oil and gas industry dispose of wastewater in a cost-effective and environmentally safe way. This technology is expected to reduce costs in the shale gas industry as well […]

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Saltworks Technologies Inc. has received an investment of $4.4 million from the Government of Canada.

This investment in Saltworks Technologies Inc. supports AirBreather, a technology that will help the oil and gas industry dispose of wastewater in a cost-effective and environmentally safe way. This technology is expected to reduce costs in the shale gas industry as well as reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with wastewater disposal. It will also help to maintain 65 jobs at Saltworks and create 20 additional jobs.

“Saltworks is proud to be the recipient of SDTC funding in support of our AirBreather demonstration project,” said Joshua Zoshi, chief operating officer at Saltworks Technologies. “We look forward to establishing this developed-in-Canada technology as the leading solution for economic and sustainable treatment of produced water in Canada’s shale gas industry.”

The announcement was made by Harjit Sajjan, minister of national defence, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development. Joe Peschisolido, member of parliament for Steveston–Richmond East, joined Minister Sajjan for the announcement.

“Our government’s investment in this revolutionary clean innovation, developed right here in Canada, builds on our plan to strengthen Canada’s economy though innovation,” said Harjit Sajjan, minister of national defence and member of parliament for Vancouver South. “This investment will not only help the oil and gas industry reduce wastewater and greenhouse gas emissions; it also will reduce costs for the industry, helping to maintain jobs and create new ones. Innovative companies like Saltworks demonstrate how a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand.”

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This project received investment and support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions

“Saltworks is cleaning the dirtiest water,” said Zoë Kolbuc, vice president of partnerships at SDTC. “By making water reusable, Saltworks is protecting our natural resources while finding environmentally and economically viable solutions for the shale industry.”

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Saskatchewan Announces $1.3 Million in Funding to Support Producers https://www.watercanada.net/saskatchewan-announces-1-3-million-in-funding-to-support-producers/ https://www.watercanada.net/saskatchewan-announces-1-3-million-in-funding-to-support-producers/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:53:01 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062162 The Government of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA), announced $1.3 million in funding and in-kind support to help Saskatchewan producers and communities successfully manage the impacts of climate change. “Our government is pleased to support this important initiative that will help rural Saskatchewan better respond and […]

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The Government of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA), announced $1.3 million in funding and in-kind support to help Saskatchewan producers and communities successfully manage the impacts of climate change.

“Our government is pleased to support this important initiative that will help rural Saskatchewan better respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.  “Saskatchewan producers will be able to adopt best practices for agricultural water management as work continues on a made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Resiliency Plan.”

Natural Resources Canada pledged more than $587,000 through the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program. The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $320,000, while the WSA along with partner organizations will contribute an additional $326,000 of in-kind support.

The funding will be used to deliver three projects. The first project will be for WSA and partner organizations to offer workshops for up to 2,500 agricultural producers over the next two years. These workshops will introduce producers to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Water Management Strategy and help them incorporate climate change considerations into the design of their agricultural drainage projects, making them more resilient to a changing climate.

As part of the Agricultural Water Management Strategy, the province implemented new drainage regulations in 2015 that requires all agricultural landowners have a drainage approval for their drainage projects.  This ensures that landowners can legally manage water on their land while addressing the impacts related to flooding, water quality, and the environment.

The funding will also be used to allow WSA to increase its Qualified Persons (QPs) training program to build additional capacity in each region of the province.  QPs work with landowners to help them effectively advance their drainage projects and assist with the approval process.

The third component of the funding will be used to work with communities, at high risk to hydrological drought, to develop drought response plans.  The intent of these plans is to help communities become resilient to drought conditions by enabling them to consider existing hazards and vulnerabilities, and future climate change projections at a community level.

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New Growth and Innovation Network to Support Scale Ups in Ontario https://www.watercanada.net/new-growth-and-innovation-network-to-support-scale-ups-in-ontario/ https://www.watercanada.net/new-growth-and-innovation-network-to-support-scale-ups-in-ontario/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:13:58 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062160 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $52.4 million to bring together three innovation hubs—Communitech, MaRS Discovery District, and Invest Ottawa. Together, they will implement the Scale-Up Platform to help innovative companies grow more quickly and contribute to the creation of 18,000 high-quality, skilled jobs. “Together with MaRS and Communitech, and 10 partners across […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $52.4 million to bring together three innovation hubs—Communitech, MaRS Discovery District, and Invest Ottawa. Together, they will implement the Scale-Up Platform to help innovative companies grow more quickly and contribute to the creation of 18,000 high-quality, skilled jobs.

“Together with MaRS and Communitech, and 10 partners across Eastern Ontario, we are proud to contribute to the first scale-up platform of its kind in Canada,” said Michael Tremblay, president and chief executive officer of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards.

“Ottawa is a hot bed of disruptive technology capability with decades of internationally recognized expertise, and the highest concentration of tech talent in North America,” Tremblay added. “This critical funding from FedDev Ontario will enable us to leverage these strengths, accelerate the growth and global success of more scaling firms, and help to create high value jobs that fuel our economy.”

Through this platform—the first of its kind in Canada—the three organizations will pool their resources to help 30 Ontario companies scale up and achieve revenues of $100 million or more by 2024, as well as to provide services to thousands of others. From coaching and advice to greater access to capital, talent, and global markets, the platform will give businesses the tools they need to grow. It will also strengthen partnerships with post-secondary institutions, preparing young Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Karen McCrimmon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness and member of parliament for Kanata–Carleton, announced the $16.9 million that Invest Ottawa is receiving as part of the overall funding. She also highlighted the impacts that this new partnership will have on the region.

“Ottawa has a proven track record of building start-ups into world leaders. This support, through FedDev Ontario, is combining our strengths with those of Toronto and Waterloo to ensure the next generation of entrepreneurs have the networks and expertise they need to grow into global companies,” McCrimmon said. “We look forward to seeing the substantial impact this globally recognized tech network will have in anchoring the innovation ecosystem in the region and beyond.”

The Waterloo–Toronto innovation corridor currently ranks as one of the top 20 technology clusters in the world. This investment will leverage the strengths of the Ottawa region and link it to the corridor, creating economic growth by combining forces.

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UBC Receives $1.6 Million in Funding for Research on Clean Water https://www.watercanada.net/ubc-receives-1-6-million-in-funding-for-research-on-clean-water/ https://www.watercanada.net/ubc-receives-1-6-million-in-funding-for-research-on-clean-water/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:30:04 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062156 A network led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) received $1.6 million in funding to transfer knowledge to practice that will improve water quality for Indigenous and non-urban communities. The funding was provided by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), a federal program that connects teams of scientists across Canada to collaborate on […]

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A network led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) received $1.6 million in funding to transfer knowledge to practice that will improve water quality for Indigenous and non-urban communities.

The funding was provided by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), a federal program that connects teams of scientists across Canada to collaborate on research with significant health, environmental, and societal impacts.

“NCE support for these important efforts will further scientific research and ensure that academic expertise is applied to some of the most pressing challenges of our time,” said Santa J. Ono, president and vice-chancellor at UBC. “These new investments will enable our researchers to expand their collaborations across Canada, building constructive partnerships that can enhance the quality of life for millions, in Canada and beyond.”

The NCE funding will support the RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation, which uses a “community circle” model in working with Indigenous and rural communities to improve the quality of drinking water.

Many Indigenous and non-urban communities face challenges in providing clean drinking water for their members due to smaller tax bases, remote locations, lack of trained operators, and other factors, said UBC chemical and biological engineering professor Madjid Mohseni, who will serve as the network’s scientific director.

“By putting the community at the centre of the innovation process, we ensure that proposed solutions are sustainable and that they satisfy each community’s unique needs, on their terms,” Mohseni said. “Over the next four years, the network plans to expand its community circle model to foster open innovation in water health for these communities, in a way that supports self-determination and aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action.”

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Manitoba Unveils First Projects Under Conservation Trust https://www.watercanada.net/manitoba-unveils-first-projects-under-conservation-trust/ https://www.watercanada.net/manitoba-unveils-first-projects-under-conservation-trust/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:55:30 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062154 The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has selected the first round of projects approved under the Government of Manitoba’s $102-million Conservation Trust. The announcement was made by Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires on April 15, 2019. “The Conservation Trust is an innovative, forward-thinking approach to invest in local projects that will conserve […]

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The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has selected the first round of projects approved under the Government of Manitoba’s $102-million Conservation Trust. The announcement was made by Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires on April 15, 2019.

“The Conservation Trust is an innovative, forward-thinking approach to invest in local projects that will conserve and enhance natural infrastructure and support the implementation of our best-in-Canada climate and green plan,” Pallister said.  “With this long-lasting partnership, we are building a legacy of work that will benefit all Manitobans. Today’s announcement is the first instalment of many years of projects that will ensure Manitoba remains Canada’s cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province.”

The first round of initiatives includes 41 projects, with funding totalling over $2.2 million across four distinct program areas: watersheds, habitat and wildlife, connecting people to nature, and innovation and conservation planning. Funding is based on a two-to-one matching formula, with the first group of projects receiving support ranging from $4,000 to $125,000.

Some of the approved projects that have received funding include:

  • The Brandon Riverbank Wetland Restoration and Access Improvement project, which will receive $100,000 in funding (the total project value is $250,000). The Riverbank Discovery Centre will restore a wetland damaged by flooding.
  • The Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation project, which will receive $100,000 in funding (the total project value is $385,000). The Delta Waterfowl Foundation will improve waterfowl production with nesting structures on 750 acres of wetlands.  The wetlands will be protected by conservation agreements and deliver water storage and water quality improvements to the local watershed.
  • The distributed multi-functional water storage project, which will be undertaken by the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District, will receive $100,000 in funding (the total project value is $323,000). The conservation district will develop small water storage projects designed to improve watershed resilience by reducing peak flows during floods, retaining water in dry periods, and providing wetland habitat.

“Funding from the Conservation Trust will help Manitoba conservation organizations tackle these important projects and create added environmental benefits for all Manitobans,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.  “The Conservation Trust offers a lasting approach that will fund conservation and will inspire new ideas and projects that may not have been possible until now.”

The Conservation Trust was announced in Budget 2018 and is now permanently endowed so it can support and inspire important conservation projects for generations to come. The fund is expected to generate about $5 million a year and will be managed by The Winnipeg Foundation. The projects will be administered, tracked, and evaluated by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

“The foundation appreciates the confidence the Manitoba government has shown by placing these new endowments under our stewardship,” said Rick Frost, chief executive officer of The Winnipeg Foundation.  “We look forward to working with the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation as it advances conservation projects that protect wetlands and support other important environmental initiatives.”

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Design Phase Underway for New Water Treatment Plant in Batchewana First Nation https://www.watercanada.net/design-phase-underway-for-new-water-treatment-plant-in-batchewana-first-nation/ https://www.watercanada.net/design-phase-underway-for-new-water-treatment-plant-in-batchewana-first-nation/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:33:50 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000062152 Chief Sayers of Batchewana First Nation and Terry Sheehan, member of parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, announced that the design phase is underway on a new water treatment plant for Batchewana First Nation. Sheehan made the announcement on behalf of Seamus O’Regan, minister of indigenous services. “The start of the design phase is an important milestone […]

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Chief Sayers of Batchewana First Nation and Terry Sheehan, member of parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, announced that the design phase is underway on a new water treatment plant for Batchewana First Nation.

Sheehan made the announcement on behalf of Seamus O’Regan, minister of indigenous services.

“The start of the design phase is an important milestone for the new water treatment plant in Batchewana First Nation,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of indigenous services. “I commend Chief Sayers and Council for their leadership on this important initiative, which will provide clean water to nearly 200 members of their community.”

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is providing $320,000 for this phase of the project, which includes the design of a water treatment plant in Goulais Mission and decentralized water systems in Obadjiwan, as well as support for the First Nation to advance to the construction phase of the project.

“Our members have been waiting for safe drinking water from the tap, and while the process took longer than we hoped, we are thrilled to see the design phase underway and are optimistic to see the completion of the project,” said Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation.

Quick Facts

  • Batchewana First Nation is located near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and has four settlements: Goulais Bay, Rankin, Obadjiwan, and Whitefish Island.
  • Once complete, the water treatment plant would service Goulais Mission. Obadjiwan would have a decentralized system, which cleans and filters water directly at the point of entry of each residence.
  • On December 17, 2018, Batchewana First Nation selected ARCADIS Canada Inc. as the project’s design consultant.

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