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MEC headquarters certified as BC’s first Salmon-Safe urban site
MEC staff (left to right) Brent Dallimore, Sandy Treagus, Jeff Bonhen and Vanadis Oviedo show Amy Greenwood (front right) of the Fraser Basin Council a biofiltration garden that helps to slow, spread and sink rainwater captured from the rooftop garden of MEC’s head office in Vancouver.
The distinctive building and grounds that comprise the head office campus of MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) near the historic eastern terminus of False Creek Flats in Vancouver have been certified as the first Salmon-Safe urban site in British Columbia. The recognition came October 23 from the Fraser Basin Council and Pacific Salmon Foundation, non-profit organizations that jointly deliver the Salmon-Safe program in BC.
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FBC Annual Highlights are Here!
Take a few moments to check out FBC's 2014-2015 Annual Highlights. See how our team is working with communities to advance action on climate change and air quality, healthy watersheds and water resources, and community sustainability.
Natural Resource Management Project Trust Funds
The Fraser Basin Council is assuming administrative responsibility for several project trust funds that were previously administered by the Resources North Association (Resources North). Resources North is a BC non-profit society based in Prince George, BC that is voluntarily winding down its operations as of September 30, 2015. More.
Big Boost for Electric Vehicles in BC
New provincial investments in clean transportation were announced March 23 in Vancouver, in effect April 1:
FBC will help support expansion of BC's network of public electric vehicle charging stations, to include new DC fast chargers and Level 2 charging stations.
posted on 10:58 AM, December 4, 2014
Are you curious about electric cars – and whether there’s one in your future? Be sure to check out Emotive. It’s a community to share information and build awareness on all things EV, in BC and beyond! Connect with Emotive on the web and Facebook to stay current on EV news, local ride & drive events, and the personal experiences of EV owners and drivers.
posted on 3:55 PM, November 3, 2014
A growing number of drivers are plugging into B.C.’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Over 350 of B.C.’s 550 public charging stations are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary, and the data show that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014. Read more.
posted on 11:54 AM, August 19, 2014
(August 6, 2014) The Fraser Basin Council directors and staff are deeply saddened by news of the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam failure and subsequent downstream impacts. FBC is following the situation closely and today issued a statement of support for affected communities. Read more.
Climate Adaptation Resources
The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program has funded important tools for tackling flood risks associated with sea level rise. This is of particular interest to BC local authorities and professionals with responsibilities in flood hazard management.
See Adaptation Resources to download Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada’s South Coasts and other resources on coastal adaptation.
Also visit ReTooling for Climate Change for a database of adaptation resources.
Scholarship Award Update
A $2,000 award will be available in 2015-2016 from the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund for Communities and Environmental Health.
NWR Launch Report
Thanks to everyone who participated in the October 21 public launch of the Nechako Watershed Roundtable and in the Roundtable's October 22 business meeting.
It was a full house, with good speakers and great engagement. The Roundtable is a new collaborative initiative underway in 2015 to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations.
A wrap-up report is now available. Check it out.
First Nations Home EnergySave
First Nations communities are finding ways to cut the high cost of home energy. FBC is ready to help share those stories, build local capacity and encourage economic development through the Home EnergySave program. Read about it.
The Fraser Basin Council is working with the BC Wildlife Federation on a three-year project to advance watershed conservation and sustainability in BC.
Check out presentations from our April workshop and read background discussion papers on watershed visioning, health indicators, management activities, funding and delivery models and capacity and accountability, and on natural resources management.