“Salmon are able to return to Spanish Banks Creek for the first time in over fifty years thanks to a community-inspired project that brought citizens and government agencies together,” stated Zo Ann Morten of the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.
Province approves Metro Vancouver’s visionary plan for Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management
“The plan deals with the pressures of an increasing population while planning to bring an aging infrastructure up to modern standards. Valid for the next eight years, the plan includes upgrades to two existing wastewater treatment plants and incorporates resource recovery to capture heat and energy from sewage,” stated Terry Lake, BC Minister of Environment.
“This project is a key part of West Vancouver’s ongoing long-term plan to supply our own high quality drinking water. We are proud partners with the provincial and federal governments in the provision of this essential public resource,” stated West Vancouver Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
From Problem to Product: Wastewater is the solution to phosphorous depletion, says UBC’s Don Mavinic
“Struvite clogs wastewater pipes. Yet it also provides a sustainable source for the vital nutrient phosphorus as mined reserves are depleted,” says Don Mavinic.
The BCWWA Young Professionals Committee is hosting a Presentation Skills for Young Professionals breakfast seminar at the Executive Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby on November 4, 2010 at 7:30 am. This seminar is open to all BCWWA members under the age of 35 or who have less than 10 years work experience in their field. The cost of the event is $40 for members and $75 for non-members. Space is limited so you must register by Friday, October 22.
Metro Vancouver Board adopts strategy and timelines for replacing Lions Gate and Iona Island sewage treatment plants
Metro Van Board Chair Lois Jackson (120p)
Board Chair Lois Jackson called for development of a ‘senior government communication strategy’ to get across the Metro Vancouver message about the need for senior government cost-sharing.
Harold Steves was spell-binding when he reviewed the 50-year history of the Iona Island treatment plant. Three times he said ‘don’t greenwash Vancouver by postponing Iona’. He had an impact because he provided examples that people can understand.
Metro Vancouver moves closer to deciding on strategy for implementing replacement Lions Gate and Iona Island sewage treatment plants
Mayor Greg Moore (70p)
Complete Lions Gate by 2020 and Iona Island as soon as is reasonably possible after that. This approach gives Metro Vancouver the flexibility to go as fast as possible with senior government funding, or slowly without funding.
Metro Vancouver wrestles with the challenge of how to finance the $1.4B cost for two sewage treatment plants
It is better for Metro Vancouver to get its act together and everyone aligned in support of a lofty positive goal, to get public support for it so there is press in favour of it, then go to Ottawa to ask for cash.
Metro Vancouver considers financing options to pay $1.4B cost for two replacement sewage treatment plants
Mayor Malcolm Brodie (120p)
The overall impact of constructing both treatment plants by 2020 is comparatively small. The incremental difference in the annual financing cost of one versus two plants is not that much. The biggest hit is the first one.