New Flood Management Strategy for BC's Lower Mainland
(July 15, 2014) A multi-year initiative to develop a regional flood management strategy was announced today as a way of better protecting BC Lower Mainland communities against flood, from Hope to Richmond and from Squamish to White Rock.
Speakers and guests at the launch event today in New Westminster (and pictured left to right) were Grand Chief Doug Kelly (President, Sto:lo Tribal Council), Steve Litke (Senior Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council), David Marshall (Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council), Matthew Machielse (Assistant Deputy Minister, Province of Alberta), David Park (Richmond Chamber of Commerce), Jason Lum (LMLGA Flood Control and River Management Committee), Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada), Craig Richmond (Chair, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council), Hon. Suzanne Anton (Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Province of BC), Hon. John Rustad (Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Province of BC) and Colin Hansen (Chair, Fraser Basin Council).
The flood management strategy reflects a commitment by the federal government, the Province of BC, 25 Lower Mainland local governments, and other public and private sector organizations to work together on flood protection measures that will safeguard the region as a whole. The Fraser Basin Council is program manager and facilitator. Read more.
posted on 4:21 PM, July 15, 2014
(July 2, 2014) Congratulations to the Building Operations Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for earning the first-ever Platinum Rating from E3 Fleet, a national program managed by FBC that recognizes excellence in fleet management and environmental performance. UBC’s Building Operations Department operates 240 vehicles and specialty motorized equipment in carrying out facilities maintenance, operations and renovation services for the lands and buildings owned by the University of British Columbia. Between 2011 and 2013 the Department cut greenhouse gas emissions in the fleet by 217 tonnes, or 25%, and increased average fuel efficiency by 16%. Learn more in our media release.
by Denise Hoskins, posted on 12:19 PM, July 3, 2014
(May 27, 2014) The Fraser Basin Council, in collaboration with Fleet Challenge Ontario, has awarded an E3 Fleet Gold Rating to the County of Simcoe in Ontario for excellence in the management and green performance of its fleet. The rating recognizes work done by Simcoe County to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, invest in energy-efficient technologies and commit to staff training. The Simcoe County fleet is one of six in Canada to have earned a Gold rating. Read more.
posted on 12:36 PM, May 27, 2014
Climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather events, changes to ecosystems and risks to infrastructure. Is your community prepared? Be sure to visit the freshly updated ReTooling for Climate Change website at www.retooling.ca. It's the best place for BC communities to find climate adaptation information, planning guides, case studies and regional tools helpful in preparing and implementing adaptation plans. Browse adaptation topics and search the expanded resource database. The Retooling site was developed by the Fraser Basin Council and funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative.
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.