The Energy of Water: Exploring Nexus Opportunities was the theme of the recent 2015 Canadian Water Summit. Among the participants were (left-right) Jessica Bratty (GEMM Dialogue Series), Theresa Fresco (FBC), the Honourable Judith Guichon (Lieutenant-Governor of BC), Lynn Kriwoken (Province of BC) and Steve Litke (FBC). Ruth Legg, FBC's Youth Director, was also in the picture, just not in this particular picture — next time Ruth!
The Fraser Basin Council's Vancouver office staff, together with friends and neighbours, led a cleanup at Fraser River Park in Vancouver on April 26 — part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. What a wonderful day to celebrate Earth Day week and honour the memory of our dear colleague Elizabeth Henry. Thanks to everyone who turned up and helped us take out 100 kilos of trash and recyclables!
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.
Rivers Day Event
Have you made plans for the Rivers Day weekend? The Horsefly River Roundtable is inviting everyone to the 2015 Horsefly River Salmon Festival on September 26 & 27. Come celebrate the return of Sockeye salmon to their spawning grounds on the beautiful Horsefly River.
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.