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ES&E NEWS VICTORIA WASTEWATER PROJECT MAY REQUIRE MORE FUNDING

ment Plant, the Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill, and the British Columbia’s Capital Regional conveyance system that will carry wasteDistrict (CRD) issued a notice to Vic- water from across the core area to the toria-area residents last week to warn treatment plant, and residual solids to that escalating construction and labour the Residuals Treatment Facility. costs, as well as design changes from The wastewater treatment plant has stakeholder input, could create the need been under construction since June 2017 for an additional $10 million to meet the after decades of debate over the project. project’s December 2020 build timeline. Four components have yet to begin: The estimated $775 million waste- upgrades to the Currie Pump Station; water treatment project consists of the twinning of the Currie Forcemain and McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treat- the East Coast Interceptor; and finally, the extension of the Trent Forcemain. In 2019, consulting engineering firm Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) developed an updated model of the core area’s wastewater system to conduct an assessment COMPANY PAGE of the remaining project components. “Based on extensive flow monitorABB Inc....................................................3 ACG-Envirocan ....................................67 ing data and future wastewater flow ACO Systems.........................................41 estimates, KWL determined that only Aerzen....................................................13 one of the remaining components (the Associated Engineering.......................48 extension of the Trent Forcemain) has Avensys..................................................21 any benefit and is required to meet AWI.........................................................17 federal and provincial regulations,” the BDP Industries........................................2 municipal notice states. BI Pure Water........................................55 The other three components have been Blue-White.............................................11 abandoned at this time. KWL’s report Canadian Infrastructure Products......28 shows three primary factors why: firstly, CIMA+.....................................................33 average dry weather flow has fallen sigDenso ....................................................27 nificantly (flows measured in 2018 are Environmental Risk Information 63% of what they were in 2003); second, Service (ERIS) Ltd.................................38 the contribution from non-residential Force Flow.............................................37 sources (industrial, commercial and Geneq....................................................14 institutional) has not been as great as preGreatario...............................................35 H2Flow Equipment...............................33 viously forecasted; and, lastly, water use Halogen Valve Systems........................12 per person has decreased as the populaHanna Instruments..............................43 tion has increased due to replacement of Harmsco Filtration Products...............14 old water fixtures and appliances, driven Hoskin Scientific...................................21 by public education, changes in building Huber Technology..................................7 code, and incentive programs through Imbrium Systems.................................68 the CRD’s water conservation efforts.

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Known as the Lake Winnipeg DataStream, the data tool is led nationally by The Gordon Foundation and delivered locally in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. It is designed to be user-friendly and free, allowing users to store, share, access, and visualize water monitoring data. The platform, according to the foundation, is “built with community monitors, policy-makers and researchers in mind.” The Lake Winnipeg Foundation coordinates the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network, which mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across Manitoba. With support from conservation partners and the guidance of the foundation’s science advisors, the network is identifying phosphorus hotspots – localized areas that contribute higher amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to local waterways than other areas. The datastream includes a range of water quality data, including physical, chemical and biological characteristics, pesticides and hydrocarbons, to assess aquatic ecosystem health. www.lakewinnipegdatastream.ca

NS WANTS MORE INFO ON CONTROVERSIAL NORTHERN PULP WASTEWATER PROJECT

Margaret Miller, Nova Scotia’s Environment Minister has released a decision that demands more detailed information about 19 elements of the proposed effluent treatment plant for Pictou County. She noted that her department will soon publish terms of reference for a newly-required focus report and post them on the department website. Paper Excellence Canada, the management team for Northern Pulp, will then have up to one year to submit the follow-up TORONTO NON-PROFIT CREATES report on the project, which centres on a replacement effluent treatment facilONLINE HEALTH TRACKER FOR ity and a controversial underwater disLAKE WINNIPEG While there have been dozens of charge pipeline. monitoring programs collecting data The proposed effluent treatment on the health of Lake Winnipeg, a new facility would replace Pictou County’s open-access online hub will allow peo- controversial Boat Harbour treatment ple to find that freshwater data and track facility, owned by the Nova Scotia govchanges to the watershed’s health, par- ernment and leased to Northern Pulp. Among the items about which the ticularly in terms of phosphorus and its focus report will need to provide the impact on algal blooms. Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine

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