YVR is First Salmon-Safe Airport
One June 8 the Vancouver International Airport became the first airport in North America to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. YVR met three site-wide pre-conditions and committed to 10 conditions under the Salmon-Safe infrastructure-industrial standard. In particular, YVR will protect water quality and aquatic life from harmful pesticides; implement a comprehensive stormwater management plan; reduce site-wide water consumption and ensure zero sediment runoff during future construction activities. YVR will also assess salmon habitat restoration opportunities near the airport and complete additional restorations. Congratulations to the YVR team on these commitments! See the YVR media release for details.
Clean Air Day in Kamloops
June 8 was national Clean Air Day, a perfect time to shine light on the work of the Kamloops Air Quality Roundtable.
The Roundtable is a multi-party initiative that aims to raise awareness of air quality issues, support implementation of the City of Kamloops Air Quality Plan, identify and address gaps in air quality monitoring, support research, and implement and measure impacts of air quality initiatives. Learn 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.
Watersheds 2016 Forum
Watersheds 2016: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in British Columbia is a 1.5 day forum in Vancouver on September 30-October 1. Come be inspired, deepen your understanding of watershed governance and sharpen your skill set to contribute to the future of BC's watersheds. As a participant, you’ll enjoy panel sessions, field trips, breakout workshops and structured peer-to-peer learning. Watersheds 2016 is coordinated by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, First Nations Fisheries Council and FBC.
Register on the Watersheds 2016 website.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
A new FBC report showcases examples of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in urban streetscapes, residential communities and institutional sites in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. See how features such as bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, pervious paving and infiltration trenches on urban sites offer multiple benefits. More.
Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy
Phase 1 results and an update on Phase 2 are now available.
Survey on Community Sustainability Plan Implementation
FBC’s Smart Planning for Communities Program is conducting research into the implementation of community sustainability plans throughout BC. What’s working? What are the challenges?
If you are an elected or staff representative of a local government in BC, you are invited to complete our online survey. Learn more.
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 June Open Houses
FBC and the Nechako Watershed Roundtable are hosting open house meetings on June 23. RSVP today!
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.