The Eagle Lake facility received the 2009 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the Water Resources category.
Water resources, even in developed nations like the United States, are being threatened by climate change, drought, population growth, waste and the growing demand for energy, which requires enormous amounts of water.
CAVI undertook three major initiatives in 2007: Creating Our Future Workshop (June); Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series (September-October); and Green Infrastructure Leadership Forum (December)
Comox Lake (300p)
The chief administrative officers and the directors of engineering and finance for the three local governments all participate on the advisory water management committee.
Coined the “B.C. Bioenergy to Biogas Project,” innovative, locally-developed technology will allow the plant to more efficiently convert its wastewater by-product into biogas. “We see this as a big step toward meeting our goals of sustainable energy, reduced emissions and improved air quality as expressed in our Sustainability Framework,” said Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson. “We’re hoping to make this a sustainability showcase for wastewater treatment plants worldwide.”
Kevin Lorette – CVRD (120p)
From the water efficiency perspective, the challenge is to balance the need to save money while providing capacity for continued population growth; while also balancing technical and governance issues.
Living Water Smart commitments frame learning outcomes for Comox Valley Learning Lunch Program – “Fifty percent of new municipal water needs will be acquired through conservation by 2020” (p 75 Living Water Smart)
Circumstances have provided the Comox Valley with the opportunity to embrace a ‘closed loop’ approach to water resource management. This is a catalyst for doing business differently going forward. “Low flow conditions in the Comox Lake system have provided a reality-check in terms of how water is managed. The drinking water allocation is fully utilized by the existing population. This is a catalyst for doing business differently going forward,” stated Marc Rutten.
2008 Vancouver Island Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series organized under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan
The goal in showcasing innovation and celebrating successes is to move 'from awareness to action' in doing business differently — through sharing of approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned that will ultimately inform a pragmatic strategy for climate change adaptation.
Metro Vancouver's Seymour Capilano filtration plant will be the world’s largest ultraviolet disinfection facility, filtering nearly 2 billion litres daily.
Water Sustainability Action Plan: A look back at what was accomplished during the period 2005 – 2007
The 'Convening for Action' vision is that water sustainability in British Columbia will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices.