Water Canada https://www.watercanada.net From the source to tap and back again Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:18:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Tiny Satellites Reveal Water Dynamics in Thousands of Northern Lakes https://www.watercanada.net/tiny-satellites-reveal-water-dynamics-in-thousands-of-northern-lakes/ https://www.watercanada.net/tiny-satellites-reveal-water-dynamics-in-thousands-of-northern-lakes/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:22:18 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061607 Using an army of small satellites, researchers have shown that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska are far more variable during the summer than previously thought. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, could have implications for how scientists calculate the natural greenhouse gas emissions from these northern lakes. The study used […]

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Using an army of small satellites, researchers have shown that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska are far more variable during the summer than previously thought. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, could have implications for how scientists calculate the natural greenhouse gas emissions from these northern lakes.

The study used images taken by a network of more than 150 CubeSats — small satellites about the size of shoeboxes — which made nearly daily observations of more than 85,000 small North American lakes during the summer of 2017. The images enabled the researchers to see how the lakes changed over time. They found small but significant shoreline changes in individual lakes that added up to hundreds of square kilometers of lake area change across the study region.

“There’s been a lot of research on climate-driven changes in lake area, but it’s mainly focused on long-term changes,” said Sarah Cooley, a Ph.D. student at Brown University and the study’s lead author. “This is the first time that anyone has looked at fine-scale, short-term changes, and we found that there’s much more variability within a season than expected.”

The study area captures a substantial swath of Arctic tundra and boreal forest, a biome that circles the Earth’s northern hemisphere in a band from about 50 to 70 degrees north latitude. The region is home to critical forest and tundra ecosystems as well as the planet’s highest density of lakes, so understanding its hydrology is scientifically important.

One reason for that is that boreal lakes are a significant source of natural greenhouse gas emissions. Their sediments contain tons of organic carbon, which washes in from the surrounding landscape. Some of that carbon then decomposes and it emitted into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide and methane greenhouse gases.

Image Credit: Sarah Cooley

This new finding of substantial summer shoreline fluctuation has implications for how scientists calculate these emissions, the researchers say. That’s because shoreline areas where water ebbs and flows from season to season are known hotspots for greenhouse gas production and emission. But estimates of lake emissions generally assume shorelines to be stable within each season. The finding of surprising within-season shoreline fluctuation, the researchers say, suggests that current emissions models from boreal lakes may be underestimated.

“A shoreline that’s fluctuating is going to emit more carbon than a stable shoreline,” Cooley said. “These short-term fluctuations, which no one had ever mapped before, suggest these lakes are potentially emitting more gas than people thought.”

Another finding that surprised the research team was the large overall importance of shoreline fluctuations on the ancient Canadian Shield, a rocky, wet landscape in central Canada where millions of small lakes cover 20 per cent of the landscape.

“Previous studies assumed lakes in this area to be relatively stable,” said Laurence C. Smith, a co-author of the study and project leader for NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, which helped fund the study. “To our surprise, the high-resolution, high-frequency imaging afforded by CubeSats revealed that small shoreline fluctuations in this lake-rich area sum to impressively large numbers.”

In all, the study explored four sub-areas of the North American Arctic and sub-Arctic and found the little-studied Canadian Shield to be most dynamic of all, with about 1.4 percent of its landscape seasonally inundated by small fluctuations in lake levels.

The research was funded by the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) (#NNX17AC60A) and a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to Sarah Cooley. Other coauthors on the paper were Jonathan Ryan, Lincoln Pitcher and Tamlin Pavelsky.

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Government of Canada Takes Action to Protect Aquatic Species at Risk https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-takes-action-to-protect-aquatic-species-at-risk/ https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-takes-action-to-protect-aquatic-species-at-risk/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:35:28 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061605 The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada is formally launching the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk: a $55 million investment over five years to support the recovery of aquatic species at risk. “Through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic […]

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The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada is formally launching the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk: a $55 million investment over five years to support the recovery of aquatic species at risk.

“Through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk, the Government of Canada will help protect and promote the recovery of species at risk,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “We know this must be a shared responsibility, which is why we are partnering with others to fund the right projects that will help us protect aquatic habitat and species at risk for the future.”

This announcement was made as part of a $1.3 billion Nature Legacy Initiative, which was established by the Government of Canada in Budget 2018 to advance work towards meeting its nature protection goals.

“Our waterways in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge not only create a breathtaking natural environment, but they are also home to numerous aquatic species,” said Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge. “Through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk, the Government of Canada will work with partners here in B.C., and across Canada, to protect and improve aquatic habitats. Our appreciation for nature must be coupled with action to protect it.”

In partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations, provinces and territories, industry, and academia, this fund focuses on seven priority freshwater places and two priority marine threats. These federal targeted investments will directly support aquatic conservation and species at risk across the country and in our oceans.

The priority areas identified are located in:

  • Fraser and Columbia Watersheds (BC)
  • Rocky Mountains’ Eastern Slopes (AB)
  • Southern Prairies (AB, SK, MB)
  • Lower Great Lakes Watershed (ON)
  • Lawrence Lowlands / basses-terres du Saint-Laurent (QC)
  • Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Rivers (NB, NS, PEI)
  • Bay of Fundy and Southern Uplands Watersheds (NS, NB)

The two priority marine threats identified are:

  • Fishing interactions such as entanglements and bycatch of aquatic species at risk.
  • Physical and acoustic disturbance, including ship strikes and marine noise.

Protecting these species is a shared responsibility. Through this fund, the Government of Canada is helping to build a culture of conservation, and one that empowers Canadian organizations to join in the collaborative efforts to conserve nature.

The Government of Canada is now accepting Expressions of Interest from potential partners to support the conservation of biodiversity through collaboration and partnership to recover aquatic species at risk.

Project partners will be expected to match funding. Interested parties are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and submit an expression of interest by March 22, 2019.  Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to submit a project proposal for further consideration.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights https://www.watercanada.net/celebrating-25-years-of-ontarios-environmental-bill-of-rights/ https://www.watercanada.net/celebrating-25-years-of-ontarios-environmental-bill-of-rights/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:07:57 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061603 Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) celebrates its 25th anniversary on February 15, 2019. This law, unique in Canada, gives Ontarians the right to participate in environmentally significant decisions of the provincial government. Its tools provide the public with easier access to information about new laws and other proposals that affect the environment. It allows Ontarians to […]

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Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) celebrates its 25th anniversary on February 15, 2019. This law, unique in Canada, gives Ontarians the right to participate in environmentally significant decisions of the provincial government.

Its tools provide the public with easier access to information about new laws and other proposals that affect the environment. It allows Ontarians to know about and contribute to government decisions, which helps hold the government accountable for those decisions.

“Better environmental outcomes result when Ontarians know and use their environmental rights,” said Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) and guardian of the EBR. “Ontario’s environment is cleaner and healthier because of the Environmental Bill of Rights.”

For 25 years, Commissioners and their staff have helped thousands of Ontarians to understand and navigate environmental issues, laws and regulations. The Environmental Commissioner has provided the public with reliable, fact-based, non-partisan reports on energy, environment, and climate change that put the environment first.

Since 1994, the EBR and the ECO have contributed to positive environmental outcomes, including the provincial biodiversity strategy, the phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation, protection for species-at-risk, increased awareness and action on climate change, better management of protected areas, and increased energy conservation, among many others.

Upcoming changes to the Environmental Bill of Rights will transfer some of the responsibilities of the ECO to the Auditor General and the Government of Ontario. It will also close the Environmental Commissioner’s office on or before May 1, 2019. The tools of the EBR will remain available for all Ontarians.

“The environment is too important, and too fragile, to blindly trust the government to look after it,” said Saxe. “Ontarians need to be vigilant. Now more than ever, with climate change gathering speed, it’s about the future of the world we live in. We are lucky to have environmental rights, and we all need to speak up for what we care about.”

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Government of Canada Purchases Equipment to Protect Oceans and Waterways https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-purchases-equipment-to-protect-oceans-and-waterways/ https://www.watercanada.net/government-of-canada-purchases-equipment-to-protect-oceans-and-waterways/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:14:10 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061591 Public Services and Procurement Canada has purchased equipment on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard to help it protect Canada’s oceans and waterways. “Our Government is committed to keeping our oceans and waterways healthy, so that Canadians will benefit for generations to come,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and […]

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Public Services and Procurement Canada has purchased equipment on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard to help it protect Canada’s oceans and waterways.

“Our Government is committed to keeping our oceans and waterways healthy, so that Canadians will benefit for generations to come,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility. “These new and modern trailers will help the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard respond rapidly to environmental spills, while supporting jobs and economic growth in Ontario.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a $1.2-million contract to J & J Trailers Manufacturers and Sales Inc., from Scarborough, Ontario, for the acquisition of 23 boom trailers, associated services, and products.

Boom trailer are used to transport booms, which are temporary flotation barriers used to contain pollution spills in marine water, to locations where they are needed.

The contract includes options to acquire additional trailers and services, up to a value of approximately $6.3 million. This contract will create up to eight new jobs, while maintaining 32 existing jobs.

“Our Government is committed to keeping our coasts and waters safe and clean,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. “These trailers will provide the Canadian Coast Guard with the tools and equipment they need to continue to do so, while creating jobs in Ontario.”

Under this contract, the new equipment will be delivered in the coming months to the following locations: Richmond and Victoria, British Columbia; Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Town of Newmarket, Ont. Receives Project of the Year Award from OPWA https://www.watercanada.net/town-of-newmarket-ont-receives-project-of-the-year-award-from-opwa/ https://www.watercanada.net/town-of-newmarket-ont-receives-project-of-the-year-award-from-opwa/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:26:11 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061586 The Town of Newmarket’s Gorham Street Watermain Project was named the 2018 Project of the Year in the ‘Structures less than $2 million category’ from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA). “It is an honour to be recognized with the 2018 Project of the Year Award for the Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project,” said Rachel Prudhomme, […]

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The Town of Newmarket’s Gorham Street Watermain Project was named the 2018 Project of the Year in the ‘Structures less than $2 million category’ from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA).

“It is an honour to be recognized with the 2018 Project of the Year Award for the Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project,” said Rachel Prudhomme, director of engineering services at the Town of Newmarket. “This project shows the strong working relationships that we have fostered with the contractors, consultants, and most importantly, our community members. I would like to sincerely thank the Engineering Services project team for their efforts and the community for their engagement.”

Image Credit: Town of Newmarket. Left to Right: Terry Hoehen (Ainley Group), Rachel Prudhomme (Town of Newmarket), Sepideh Majdi (Town of Newmarket) and Andrew Miller (Ainley Group) accept the 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award at the OPWA Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon on Janurary 24, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OPWA Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the various partnerships that come together to complete engineering projects.

The Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project was awarded the 2018 Project of the Year for its project management techniques and innovative technologies that focused on minimizing active construction and traffic disruptions in a sensitive area. In addition, this project demonstrated strong community relations with residents, which included open, two-way communications between the Town and neighbouring parties.

The purpose of the Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project was to replace a critical section of watermain which was over 40 years old and suffered severe breaks in recent years due to corrosion.

This project installed 425 metres of new, 300mm diameter watermain from Carlson Drive and Doak Lane to Leslie Street, fire hydrants, water service connections, a pre-assembled pressure reducing valve chamber (PRV), and all site restoration. The pre-assembled PRV was an innovative project component that reduced the project timeline by two weeks in a sensitive area that included a fire hall and seniors’ residence.

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Government of Canada Supports Interlake Reserves Tribal Council to Reduce Climate-Related Risks https://www.watercanada.net/govt-of-canada-supports-interlake-reserves-tribal-council-to-reduce-climate-related-risks/ https://www.watercanada.net/govt-of-canada-supports-interlake-reserves-tribal-council-to-reduce-climate-related-risks/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:35:30 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061584 The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced an investment of $814,000 to support the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in its efforts to reduce risks from climate-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires. “The impacts of climate change are not in the distant future, they have arrived,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of […]

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The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced an investment of $814,000 to support the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in its efforts to reduce risks from climate-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

“The impacts of climate change are not in the distant future, they have arrived,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. “The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in taking important steps to plan for and adapt to the new realities in our environment.”

With this investment, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is undertaking a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment to support the development of an emergency management framework to mitigate extreme flooding events within its six First Nation communities. These communities are: Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation.

“Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its six member communities have been at the forefront when dealing with emergency management and the natural disasters caused by climate change,” said Chief Cornell McLean, Chairman of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council. “In 2011 our communities were flooded out by a man-made emergency outlet channel to save the City of Winnipeg and we were the ones impacted. With this initiative not only will we be able plan and prepare but combined with our Emergency Operations this will help us become even more resilient. We also want to partner with nearby towns and municipalities to help everyone in the region.”

The funding was provided through the First Nation Adapt Program, which is part of a Budget 2016 commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building resilience in the North and Indigenous communities, on building the science base to inform decision-making, on protecting the health and well-being of Canadians, and on enhancing competitiveness in key economic sectors.

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Gov. of Canada Invests in Water and Wastewater Projects in Manitoba https://www.watercanada.net/gov-of-canada-invests-in-water-and-wastewater-projects-in-manitoba/ https://www.watercanada.net/gov-of-canada-invests-in-water-and-wastewater-projects-in-manitoba/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:05:18 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061580 The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced federal funding for five new water and wastewater projects in Manitoba. The funding will support a variety of water and wastewater projects, like upgrading the wastewater lagoon in the Town of Neepawa, extending the water distribution network to serve more residents in Lac du Bonnet, […]

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The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced federal funding for five new water and wastewater projects in Manitoba.

The funding will support a variety of water and wastewater projects, like upgrading the wastewater lagoon in the Town of Neepawa, extending the water distribution network to serve more residents in Lac du Bonnet, and connecting more households to the regional wastewater collection system in West St. Paul.

“Modern water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to safeguarding the well-being of Canadian families and building the Canada we want for tomorrow,” said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development. “These important water and wastewater projects will help protect the environment, keep communities in the province healthy and livable, and create more well-paying jobs.”

For the five projects announced, the Government of Canada is providing up to $5,776,250, representing 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The remaining funds will be provided by the recipient communities.

“Core infrastructure projects, such as those prioritized within the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, provide communities with clean water, better wastewater management and an opportunity to plan and design future projects,” said the Honourable Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations. “All of these important projects will result in a cleaner environment and benefit generations for years to come.”

These investments are part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Manitoba, which was announced on July 25, 2016, and are in addition to approximately $88 million in federal funding announced through this fund for water and wastewater projects across Manitoba.

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IWA and IDB Launch AquaRating Community of Practice https://www.watercanada.net/iwa-and-idb-launch-aquarating-community-of-practice/ https://www.watercanada.net/iwa-and-idb-launch-aquarating-community-of-practice/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:32:48 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061577 The International Water Association (IWA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have launched the AquaRating Community of Practice for water professionals throughout the world. The AquaRating Community of Practice is aimed at working to improve performance of water and wastewater utilities through the AquaRating method – a system that provides evaluates the performance of water and sanitation utilities. This is so that […]

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The International Water Association (IWA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have launched the AquaRating Community of Practice for water professionals throughout the world.

The AquaRating Community of Practice is aimed at working to improve performance of water and wastewater utilities through the AquaRating method – a system that provides evaluates the performance of water and sanitation utilities. This is so that they can identify opportunities for improvement to offer quality service, ensure coverage, and operate more efficiently.

Initiated by the IDB and developed through a strategic alliance with the IWA, AquaRating is used by more than 60 water and sanitation utilities around the world to improve their performance and efficiency in water resource management. Currently, AquaRating is also being used as a reference model by regulators, government institutions, cooperation agents for development, and funders.

“The AquaRating Community of Practice aims to capture the experience of water utilities that have used AquaRating, so that other utilities can learn from these applications and obtain greater benefits from the adoption of tools that support them in their journey to achieve Sustainable Development Goals,” said Kala Vairavamoorthy, executive director of IWA.

Image Credit: International Water Association (IWA)

Hosted in the digital environment of IWA Connect , the online platform of the International Water Association, the AquaRating Community of Practice is open to water professionals committed to improving performance of their utilities, and passionate about generating collective solutions to global water challenges.

“The community of practice will be a very useful tool for water and sanitation utilities to share and learn from their common experiences, create specific themes, and generate an open knowledge dynamic in the water and sanitation sector,” said Sergio I. Campos G., chief of the water and sanitation division at IDB.

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LIFT Launches 2019 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge https://www.watercanada.net/lift-launches-2019-intelligent-water-systems-challenge/ https://www.watercanada.net/lift-launches-2019-intelligent-water-systems-challenge/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:54:56 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061575 The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge is back for a second year to encourage participants to use innovation and data to help solve some of the most difficult issues facing water and wastewater utilities. The goal is to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and foster adoption of smart water technologies, as well […]

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The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge is back for a second year to encourage participants to use innovation and data to help solve some of the most difficult issues facing water and wastewater utilities.

The goal is to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and foster adoption of smart water technologies, as well as give students, professionals, and technology experts the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation with a focus on leveraging data using the tools to help utilities make better decisions.

The 2019 Intelligent Water Systems Challenge, which will run from February 11-September 23, 2019, will make general problem statements and example datasets available to participants and will use webinars to introduce participants to the datasets and underlying systems.

Scenarios will focus on collection systems, wastewater treatment systems, drinking water treatment systems, source water/watershed, and distribution networks. Teams with innovative solutions will be invited to present their results in person at WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago for final judging. The winning teams will receive cash awards and the top team will receive $10,000.

The challenge is hosted by LIFT, a joint effort by the Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment Federation. It is also supported by American Water Works Association, Cleveland Water Alliance, International Society on Automation, Smart Water Networks Forum, The Water Council, and WaterTAP.

“As we continue to support and promote innovation in the water sector, we are also looking for ways to integrate practical applications,” said Eileen O’Neill, executive director of WEF. “Our hope is that the Intelligent Water Challenge will demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and help foster the adoption of smart water technologies.”

Last year a team from the Great Lakes Water Authority and the University of Michigan won the first-ever Intelligent Water Systems Challenge for using data analytics to develop a tool to maximize the use of existing collection systems and minimize combined sewer overflows in Detroit.

“We are excited to build on last year’s successful LIFT IWS Challenge launch, to highlight the tremendous opportunities offered by intelligent water systems and the great collaborative work taking place in the industry amongst utilities, universities, and technologies,” said Peter Grevatt, CEO of WRF.

Teams have until March 25 to register. Visit the following link for more information or to register for the challenge.

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Federal Gov. and FCM Invest $2.1 Million in Clean Innovation and Infrastructure https://www.watercanada.net/federal-gov-and-fcm-invest-2-1-million-in-clean-innovation-and-infrastructure/ https://www.watercanada.net/federal-gov-and-fcm-invest-2-1-million-in-clean-innovation-and-infrastructure/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:07:14 +0000 https://www.watercanada.net/?p=5000061569 The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced support amounting to just over $2.1 million for 42 new initiatives across Canada. The initiatives – which aim to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and find new uses for public infrastructure in communities across Canada – will be funded through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and Municipal Asset […]

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The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced support amounting to just over $2.1 million for 42 new initiatives across Canada.

The initiatives – which aim to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and find new uses for public infrastructure in communities across Canada – will be funded through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).

Under FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, communities of all sizes are implementing some of Canada’s most advanced solutions to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For example, the City of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, is using funding from GMF to look at ways to transform a former swimming pool into a specially designed innovation hub where researchers and entrepreneurs can work together to turn discoveries into new products and services that create jobs and business opportunities. The proposed retrofit would examine ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and waste, and give an unused facility a new purpose.

“Our investment in the City of Mount Pearl’s innovative project will improve energy efficiency in existing municipal infrastructure, so Canadians can benefit from lower energy costs and a cleaner environment,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

The announcement was made by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

“All Canadians should benefit from modern, resilient, and green infrastructure that gives them a better place to call home,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in municipalities that take action to reduce pollution and improve the way they manage their existing infrastructure assets. These investments will result in safer, cleaner and healthier communities that give all Canadians more opportunities to thrive.”

Under FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program, five rural communities in Manitoba are developing better ways to manage their existing infrastructure assets so that they are safer, better maintained, and last longer. The participating communities include Alexander, Gimli, Morris, and Whitemouth and the Local Government District of Pinawa.

“The investment in the initiatives announced today highlights how municipal leaders across Canada are committed to building more resilient, livable, and sustainable communities,” Vicki-May Hamm, FCM President. “FCM is proud to see municipalities use our programs to support local solutions with national impact, contributing to infrastructure renewal and our transition to a low-carbon economy.”

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