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It’s shaping up to be a hot summer! This edition highlights Metro Vancouver’s lawn watering regulations and how it plans for the summer high water demand season.
Metro Vancouver has also released the results of its 2018 waste composition monitoring study, which analyzed the composition of the waste stream across 161 material categories, as well as its year-in-review for regional parks. Not surprisingly, visitor numbers at Metro Vancouver regional parks continued to climb last year, underscoring the important role regional parks play in connecting residents and visitors with a diversity of natural spaces and the need to provide more outdoor recreation spaces to serve the region’s growing population.
For those getting outside, the good news is that Metro Vancouver still has fresh, clean air to breathe. The 2019 Caring for the Air report, also released this month, suggests that while unprecedented levels of wildfire smoke have affected Metro Vancouver’s air quality in recent years, smog-forming pollutants are expected to continue to decline in Metro Vancouver over the next 20 years.
In other news, construction will start this summer on a Biogas Cleanup System at Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, while the National Zero Waste Council has made some recommendations to deal with 10 priority plastics that could end up as litter, in wastewater or in the oceans.
Metro Vancouver has also secured three keynote speakers for the ninth annual Zero Waste Conference, to be held later this year in October, and launched a Love Food Hate Waste Canada spring campaign.
For a closer look at what’s being done around the region in terms of housing affordability and community gardens, check out the Metro Vancouver Close-Up videos.
Enjoy!

Welcome to summer! Bears are coming out of hibernation, so be bear aware when visiting Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. This year, Metro Vancouver has started a pilot project at Belcarra Regional Park that involves installing food lockers near the picnic shelters, while Metro Vancouver signage offers great tips on keeping yourself and the wildlife safe.
Metro Vancouver has also implemented a new strategic plan for the trails in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR), just downstream of the drinking water reservoir. This plan will provide more recreational activities for the walkers, hikers and horseback riders who already use the trails, while protecting our sensitive ecosystem.
On another note, Metro Vancouver is also stepping up its outreach to remind the public to register their older, non-road diesel engines and have begun holding workshops on designing the new Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. And Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility has been chosen as the best place to dispose of abandoned waste that is being returned to Canada from the Philippines.
Metro Vancouver Board Chair Sav Dhaliwal also made his inaugural address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Metro Vancouver’s Five-Year Outlook, which includes nearly $5.5 billion worth of capital projects to serve our growing region.
For a more visual perspective on Metro Vancouver’s work, check out the videos on crabbing and beach-keeping at Belcarra Regional Park, and the new Fisherman’s Bridge over the Seymour River. If you get a chance this summer, perhaps visit those parks and experience them for yourself.
Enjoy!
 
Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Summer’s here! This edition highlights National Indigenous Peoples Day, on which Metro Vancouver hosted a visit of Squamish Nation’s Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers) to head office, and a booth at Vancouver’s Trout Lake.

Metro Vancouver has also started a carpet recycling pilot program at the Coquitlam Transfer Station and is building several new water mains in the City of Surrey and an air management facility in Musqueam Park in South Vancouver.

A comprehensive inventory – and better understanding – of the natural resources within Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks is underway.

Metro Vancouver’s air quality division recently teamed up with Vancouver Coastal Health to help the media learn of the region’s role in air quality management, particularly when dealing with wildfire smoke.

Metro Vancouver has also approved its 2019-2022 Board Strategic Planwhich includes themes such as resiliency, climate action and innovation. Speaking of climate change, Metro Vancouver, along with the project consultant Diamond Head Consulting Ltd., was also recently awarded the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Award for Planning Excellence 2019 under the Climate Change Planning category.

Enjoy the summer and see you in September.

 

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Welcome to fall! As usual, there’s a lot going on at Metro Vancouver, including repairs to the Cleveland Dam spillway, a commitment to having the region become carbon neutral by 2050 and construction on the First Narrows Pump Station.

Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Services Department was also recognized for its work on the South Surrey Interceptor, which conveys sewage from South Surrey, White Rock and Langley to the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project was named 2019 Canadian Project of the Year and also recognized as runner up for new installations.

In other news, Regional Parks staff have been working in Pacific Spirit Regional Park to boost the survival rate of a number of amphibians, including B.C. species at-risk, while Metro Vancouver has updated two campaigns – Hey! Food scraps aren’t garbage and Wipe It, Green Bin It – to remind people to compost veggie scraps and fats, oils and grease.

This summer Metro Vancouver participated in a Community-to-Community Forum with the Musqueam Indian Band. The Board has also endorsed a business plan for a new Regional Economic Prosperity Service in an effort to attract new strategic investment that will contribute positively to the region’s livability and sustainability. And don’t forget the Zero Waste Conference, which is coming up on October 30-31 in Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

​Welcome! It’s been a busy month at Metro Vancouver preparing for the ninth annual Zero Waste Conference, which wraps up today. The two-day conference drew more than 500 hundred participants who came out to hear some great insights from speakers involved in zero waste practices and the circular economy.

Metro Vancouver has also developed a Residential Water Metering in Metro Vancouver: Best Practices Guide, to support local government in making decisions around water metering, and is working on its next Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Metro Vancouver has also partnered with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to assess the fate of viruses in the Liquid Waste management system and the potential risks associated with wastewater discharges.

For those of you embracing electric vehicles, Metro Vancouver finally has its own Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC). It is located in a publicly accessible parking area of Metro Vancouver’s head office in Burnaby. And did you know this year marks the 40th anniversary of Campbell Valley Regional Park? If you get a chance, check out this park’s natural wonders and rich heritage in the Township of Langley.

 

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Welcome to our last newsletter of the year!

It’s been a busy month. Metro Vancouver joined the battle against single-use items such as utensils, plastic bags and coffee cups, released a 10-Year Housing plan, and continued with projects such as the Kennedy Newton Water Main and Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A program to reduce emissions and exposure to traffic-related air pollutants is also being developed after a national study on near-road diesel emissions confirmed that concentrations of air contaminants are higher near major roads. Did you know one million residents live near busy routes?

Also last month, Metro Vancouver hosted its ninth annual Zero Waste Conference and National Zero Waste Council AGM – over 500 participants turned out to hear the thoughts and work of Canadian and International experts related to the Circular Economy. Next year is the 10th anniversary of the Zero Waste Conference and Canada will host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum!

For more highlights, check out the videos in this newsletter, featuring initiatives such as Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing, agriculture awareness grants and a Pitt Meadows Community Clothing Swap.

Happy Holidays and see you in January!

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Happy 2020! It’s been a busy start to the new decade.

New measures have come into effect to improve the region’s air quality, with owners of older non-road diesel engines, such as older forklifts, excavators and other engines, required to register their engines and new consultation started on an alternative approach to regulate emissions from open-air burning.

Work has begun on the Cariboo Dam, a regional storm water facility near the east end of Burnaby Lake that controls the lake’s water levels and regulates inflows into the Brunette River. Metro Vancouver also recently released its annual Solid Waste Summary, which shows residents are still doing well at diverting and recycling waste but more can always be done.

In other news, Metro Vancouver welcomed nearly 6,000 people to the watersheds this year, while thousands of students, seniors and people with financial barriers were able to visit Metro Vancouver’s regional parks, thanks to the Pacific Parklands Foundation’s (PPF) Bus Grant Program. With spring around the corner, hope you can get out and enjoy it.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Welcome to our February newsletter! This was a busy month at Metro Vancouver, which hosted a  signing ceremony with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation for Belcarra Regional Park and the first of our Council of Councils for 2020.

Options are also being explored to modernize the region’s snowpack monitoring while public engagement is ongoing on major initiatives such as Metro 2050, and Climate 2050 and the Clean Air Plan. Metro Vancouver is also assessing the value of having advanced levels of treatment at each of the five wastewater treatment plants.

New bins were installed in Vancouver for disposable coffee cup recycling and the Think Thrice About Your Clothes campaign rolled out for the second year, reminding residents to donate old or unwanted clothes rather than throwing them in the garbage.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Metro Vancouver continues to closely monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and is taking proactive steps to ensure critical service levels, including the delivery of drinking water and the management of liquid and solid waste, are maintained at all times.

This issue highlights infrastructure projects that are planning for future water needs through the Coquitlam Intake No. 2 supply tunnel, and design approaches for the new Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant that will provide additional benefits for the community and environment.

New restrictions on open burning are now in effect and there are changes to how waste transfer stations and recycling depots operate during COVID. The Unflushables campaign is back to remind residents of what can – and can’t – be put down a toilet, to help keep our wastewater systems running well.

In Kanaka Creek Regional Park, salmon and trout are enjoying new habitat thanks to an enhancement project by a local community group.

Lastly, check out our videos to learn about an innovative project to turn wastewater into fuel, tour a new animal shelter and watch specialized divers at work in our region’s water and wastewater systems.

As Dr. Bonnie Henry says – Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe!

Together we make our region strong.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

As we begin to put the BC Restart Plan into action, Metro Vancouver remains focused on providing key services and supporting the region’s economic recovery.

In this issue we highlight new infrastructure at the Annacis Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a recently added energy system is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, changes at the North Shore Transfer Station are making it easier to return containers.

Yearly lawn watering regulations started on May 1st, to conserve drinking water for the drier months ahead. Metro Vancouver’s new “Bag It. Bin It.” campaign is reminding everyone to properly dispose of personal protective equipment (PPE).

As people continue to adjust their routines and fewer cars are on the road, the region’s air quality has improved. Regional parks are seeing an increase in visitors, following a great year in 2019.

Check out our videos to learn about a tunnel boring project to make our drinking water supply more earthquake resilient and improvements to the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

And speaking of viewing, you can also find out more about three new initiatives featuring current issues and past Metro Vancouver projects.

Together we make our region strong.

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.

Welcome to the June issue of the Metro Vancouver Update. This issue finds us with change in the air: summer is on the way, and the Government of B.C. has announced the start of Phase 3 of its restart plan.

As the region continues to manage the impacts of COVID-19, you can read about how Metro Vancouver is working to ensure that the provincial government supports the region and the vital contribution that it makes to the B.C. economy. To help plan for possible future waves of the virus in the community, Metro Vancouver is also working with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and UBC to better understand the COVID-19 virus in wastewater.

This issue also highlights ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with Metro Vancouver achieving corporate carbon neutrality in 2019. A new report on the impacts of food packaging also looks at how to lower emissions related to food waste. A new trail is opening at Colony Farm Regional Park, Metro Vancouver is gearing up to protect watersheds from wildfires, and applications for regional cultural grants are now being accepted.

For a snapshot of the region, take a look at the COVID-19 dashboard to find the latest statistics on park visits, service levels and more.

Together we make our region strong.

This issue finds us with summer in full swing and Metro Vancouver residents are finding ways to safely enjoy summer activities and engage in their communities.

There is good news for those who like to be outside, as in this edition we highlight how the region’s air quality improved in 2019, according to the 2020 Caring for the Air report, and showcase the wilderness of Widgeon Marsh Regional Park.

You can also read about how Metro Vancouver is planning for the region’s future water needs, improving access to recycling information and looking at how to create a carbon neutral region.

As regional parks continue to see high numbers of visitors, Metro Vancouver is increasing measures to keep parks safe and enjoyable. Visitors can help keep parks open by following guidelines for physical distancing, parking and other measures.

The newsletter will be taking a break for August; we’ll be back with more news and videos in September. Enjoy the summer.

Together we make our region strong.

This issue likely finds many of us changing over to new routines as schools and community facilities continue to reopen and seasons shift, and enjoying some clear air after a smoky start to the month.

It’s a busy month on the waste reduction front: planning is in full swing for this year’s Zero Waste Conference in November, Metro Vancouver’s annual holiday campaign is launching (it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays), and new research from the National Zero Waste Council shows that we may be wasting less food.

In this issue we also check in on the region’s air quality, after days of air quality advisories, and take a look at a new model that is helping us understand how wastewater affects Burrard Inlet.

In the Capilano watershed, a recent project is making the area safe from debris flows. Regional parks continue to see high use, prompting staff to test new measures to manage parking issues and ensure that parks remain a much needed safe and enjoyable nature outlet during these times.

Together we make our region strong.

As we head into the final months of the year, we are busy planning for 2021 and beyond. On October 30, the Metro Vancouver Board endorsed Metro Vancouver’s 2021 operating budget, which will support work over the coming years.

On the utilities front, we are wrapping up the annual We Love Water campaign and assessing services at regional waste management stations.  This month, Metro Vancouver also released a map that is making real-time information on sewer overflows available to the public.

As part of continuing efforts to maintain good air quality, Metro Vancouver has approved a new residential wood burning bylaw, which will be phased in starting in 2021.

The Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy area is expanding, thanks to new lands added jointly by Metro Vancouver and the City of Delta.

Registration is still open for the annual – and always inspiring – Zero Waste Conference. This conference is a great opportunity to hear cutting edge thinking on how we can move towards a waste-free society. Residents of the region are also invited to watch a livestream of a series of forums on systemic racism being held for municipal elected officials.

Together we make our region strong.

Welcome to our last newsletter of the year! Winter is in full swing, the local mountains are full of snow and the holiday season is coming up fast.

In this issue we cover the tenth annual Zero Waste Conference, which looked a bit different this year, but continued to provide new ideas on how to move towards a lower waste society.

And speaking of waste reduction, how is the region doing? A new report has the latest data on how much went to landfill and recycling in 2019. We also have an update on two new solid waste facilities that will be completed next year and the renaming of transfer stations.

Salmon are getting a helping hand to re-establish themselves in the Seymour and Coquitlam drinking water supply areas and Metro Vancouver is looking at ways to enable more people to arrive at parks on foot, bike or bus.

We hosted the last forum on systemic racism on November 28, but you can still catch these important conversations on the livestream video here.

And as we head into the holidays, local artists Ben and Dan are back to take on a special gift giving challenge as part of the annual Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign.

Happy holidays and see you in January!

Happy New Year and welcome to the January Metro Vancouver Update. We are excited to share some of our latest projects and initiatives as we dive into 2021.

We are pleased to announce that David Flaks has been appointed as the new president of the Regional Economic Prosperity Service, which will work to realize the region’s full economic potential.

In this issue we highlight other new developments including a look at new technologies to help manage our sewer system and water supply, and a recently approved greenways plan to keep us moving towards an integrated network of greenways across the region.

We are also sharing how to recycle e-waste and reviewing our air quality bylaw to better reflect costs, particularly with regard to odour-related emissions.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on important developments through 2021.

​Smoke from B.C.’s wildfires last summer didn’t deter visitors to Metro Vancouver’s regional parks and greenways. Total park visitation increased…

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Compostable organics, followed by paper, plastic and non-compostable organics such as treated wood, were the most prevalent materials found in…

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Metro Vancouver’s lawn watering regulations are in effect across the region from May 1 until October 15, in order to…

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Although unprecedented levels of wildfire smoke have affected Metro Vancouver’s air quality in recent years, smog-forming pollutants are expected to…

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Construction will start this summer on a Biogas Cleanup System at Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. This new…

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​The National Zero Waste Council’s Plastics Advisory Panel has submitted a list of potential regulatory actions to the Canadian Council…

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The 2019 Zero Waste Conference is gearing up for October 30-31 when it will explore questions around the steps Canada…

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Love Food Hate Waste Canada – a consumer awareness campaign delivered by the National Zero Waste Council in collaboration with…

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​Metro Vancouver is implementing a new strategic plan for the trails in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR), a spectacular…

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Metro Vancouver will securely dispose of approximately 1,500 tonnes of repatriated Canadian waste shipped from the Philippines at its Waste-to-Energy…

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Metro Vancouver is reminding the public to be bear aware if they plan to get outside and visit a Regional…

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Metro Vancouver is stepping up outreach activities to remind the public to register their older, non-road diesel engines. The outreach…

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Metro Vancouver is conducting eight workshops and engaging the public and First Nations as part of its work to design…

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Metro Vancouver Board Chair Sav Dhaliwal made his inaugural address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on the region’s…

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Metro Vancouver was actively involved on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Squamish Nation’s Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers) performed traditional drumming, songs…

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Metro Vancouver is building several new water mains in the City of Surrey to continue delivering clean, safe drinking water…

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Planting trees is an effective way to tackle climate change in our region while contributing to the overall health and…

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Metro Vancouver is building an air management facility in Musqueam Park in South Vancouver. The facility is designed to reduce…

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Metro Vancouver is building a better understanding of the natural resources within its Regional Parks through collaborative partnerships with non-government…

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Metro Vancouver has approved its 2019-2022 Board Strategic Plan, which includes themes such as resiliency, climate action and innovation. The Plan…

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Metro Vancouver has started a carpet recycling pilot program at the Coquitlam Transfer Station to evaluate opportunities to divert carpet…

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Metro Vancouver teamed up with Vancouver Coastal Health in June to help the media get a better understanding of the…

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In a quiet corner of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, some unassuming ponds are helping to boost the survival rate of…

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Metro Vancouver’s South Surrey Interceptor, which conveys sewage from South Surrey, White Rock and Langley to the Annacis Island Wastewater…

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Metro Vancouver’s “Wipe It, Green Bin It” campaign is back this Thanksgiving to remind residents that fats, oils and grease…

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The First Narrows Pump Station, along with a network of new sewer pipes, will convey wastewater to and from the…

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When you order fresh fish for dinner, you don’t expect it to come with a side of microplastics. But that’s…

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Metro Vancouver is repairing the Cleveland Dam spillway and training walls as part of an ongoing maintenance program to ensure…

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Metro Vancouver has endorsed the business plan for a new Regional Economic Prosperity Service in an effort to attract new…

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Metro Vancouver is boosting its climate action by amending its Climate 2050 Strategy to include a commitment to becoming carbon…

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Metro Vancouver has rolled out its updated Hey! Food Scraps Aren’t Garbage campaign, introducing new characters like Mr. Avocado Shell, Ms. Pineapple…

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Metro Vancouver and the Musqueam Indian Band co-hosted the 2019 Community-to-Community Forum this summer, underscoring the importance of building relationships.…

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Metro Vancouver recently held its fall Council of Councils at the City of Surrey’s Civic Hotel. The event, on October 26,…

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Hundreds of attendees converged at Metro Vancouver’s 2019 Zero Waste Conference: A Future Without Waste: Mobilizing for success in the circular…

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Metro Vancouver’s construction and demolition sector has a higher waste diversion rate than either commercial/institution or residential, but there’s still…

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Metro Vancouver has partnered with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to assess the fate of viruses in…

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Metro Vancouver is developing its next Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and air contaminants in the region…

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​Metro Vancouver has developed a Residential Water Metering in Metro Vancouver: Best Practices Guide, that provides key considerations to support local…

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Campbell Valley Regional Park in the Township of Langley and its award-winning Country…

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​Electric vehicle users can now access a Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) in a publicly accessible parking area of Metro…

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Metro Vancouver is joining the battle against single-use items – such as utensils, plastic bags and coffee cups – to…

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Metro Vancouver’s regional air quality has continually improved over the past several decades, but a new national Near Road Air…

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The cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours aren’t deterring Metro Vancouver recreationalists from heading outdoors. More people are deciding to…

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The Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves 1.25 million people in Metro Vancouver, is undergoing a major upgrade. Construction…

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What’s Christmas without carols? Not as merry and bright, that’s for sure. To get people in the holiday spirit, Metro…

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Metro Vancouver is constructing a new water main in the City of Surrey to meet the growing demand for drinking…

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Metro Vancouver Housing this month unveiled its 10-Year Housing Plan, which outlines plans to invest about $190 million in affordable…

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​The National Zero Waste Council highlighted its 2019 accomplishments at its Annual General Meeting last month. More than 70 members…

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​Some 531 people attended Metro Vancouver’s 9th annual Zero Waste Conference, which took place on October 30 – 31 and…

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Metro Vancouver is seeking feedback on a proposed alternative approach to regulating emissions from open-air burning of vegetative debris, as…

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Thousands of students, seniors and people with financial barriers have been able to visit Metro Vancouver’s regional parks, thanks to…

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Metro Vancouver welcomed nearly 6,000 individuals – from students to special interest groups and the general public – to its…

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Metro Vancouver has completed important work on the Cariboo Dam, a regional storm water facility near the east end of…

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Metro Vancouver is tightening the rules for older non-road diesel engines, requiring owners of older forklifts, excavators and other engines…

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Metro Vancouver has announced the committee structure and appointments for 2020 to meet the needs of our growing and diverse…

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Metro Vancouver hosted its first Council of Councils for the year at the Anvil Centre in the City of New…

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Metro Vancouver is encouraging residents to “think thrice” before tossing that ugly blouse, ripped jeans or socks with holes into…

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Metro Vancouver held a series of regional dialogues this month as part of its work to update Metro 2040: Shaping…

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Millions of coffee cups end up in Metro Vancouver’s garbage every year – mostly in coffee shops, restaurants and office…

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Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Metro Vancouver Regional District celebrated the signing of an historic co-operation agreement for Belcarra Regional Park, recognizing…

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Metro Vancouver experienced near-record rainfalls across the region in January, straining the region’s sewer, water and community infrastructure. Seventeen of…

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Metro Vancouver is seeking to modernize snowpack monitoring across the region in an effort to more effectively adapt to climate…

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Metro Vancouver’s Unflushables campaign is back to remind residents to flush only pee, poo and toilet paper. Flushing anything else can…

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A new Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond is being designed using a regenerative approach. Iona Island is in…

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Metro Vancouver is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and taking steps to maintain service while keeping staff and the public safe.…

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Young salmon and trout now have more room to grow at Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, thanks to…

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Metro Vancouver has restricted open burning of vegetative debris and is encouraging residents to reduce the use of their wood-burning…

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Metro Vancouver has started planning for a new Coquitlam Intake No. 2 Water Supply, which will provide access to additional…

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As physical distancing measures continue to influence activities and fewer vehicles hit the road, the region’s air quality may be…

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Metro Vancouver’s annual lawn watering regulations came into effect on May 1 and will remain in place until mid-October, to conserve treated…

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It was another great year for Metro Vancouver’s regional parks in 2019, as work continued to protect the region’s important…

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Recycling beverage containers is now faster and more convenient at Metro Vancouver’s North Shore Transfer Station, thanks to a new…

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A new energy system at the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is using biogas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from…

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It has become an all-too-familiar sight throughout neighbourhoods over the last several months –  littered personal protective equipment (PPE) such…

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Coming soon to a screen near you: three new Metro Vancouver initiatives will highlight the region’s news, history and current…

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Economic Recovery

As the B.C. Government considers its priorities for Budget 2021, Metro Vancouver is urging the Province to make strategic co-investment…

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Testing for COVID-19 in Wastewater

Metro Vancouver is working with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and UBC to better understand the COVID-19 virus…

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Metro Vancouver Achieves Corporate Carbon Neutrality in 2019

The Metro Vancouver Regional District achieved corporate carbon neutrality in 2019, an important step toward meeting the goals of its…

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Watershed Wildfire Protection Program

With summer just around the corner, Metro Vancouver is preparing for potential wildfires in areas that provide the region’s drinking…

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COVID Washroom Map: Know Where To Go, When You Need To Go

One aspect of daily life that has been impacted by the closure of so many businesses and community facilities is…

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New Trail Opens at Colony Farm Regional Park

Visitors can now walk or cycle an additional 1.3 kilometres at Colony Farm Regional Park, thanks to a newly opened…

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Cultural Grants Applications Now Being Accepted

Metro Vancouver is currently accepting submissions for its regional cultural grants. A total of $140,000 in funding assistance is available…

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Food Loss and Waste: Answering the Packaging Question

A new research report from the National Zero Waste Council reveals the relationships between food waste, packaging and greenhouse gas…

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COVID-19 Dashboard

Metro Vancouver has been keeping a close eye on how COVID-19 is affecting its services, and has launched a new…

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Metro Vancouver Signs the Builders Code Pledge

Metro Vancouver has signed the Builders Code Pledge to support safer working conditions in construction. The Builders Code Pledge is…

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Metro Vancouver Air Quality Improved in 2019

Metro Vancouver enjoyed clean air and clear skies throughout 2019, with a total of zero days under an air quality…

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Planning for the Region’s Long-term Water Needs

Metro Vancouver is in a good position to meet the region’s future drinking water needs, according to a recent study.…

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Enjoying Regional Parks Responsibly to Help Keep Parks Open

With summer in full swing, Metro Vancouver is reminding the public to enjoy the outdoors responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Heather Place Redevelopment Brings New Affordable Homes to Vancouver

On July 30, 2020, Metro Vancouver, BC Housing and the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing celebrated the completion…

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Partnership with Recycling Council of BC Expands MetroVancouver Recycles

Finding up-to-date recycling information just got easier, thanks to a recent upgrade to MetroVancouver Recycles, a website that provides location-specific…

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Metro Vancouver has published a series of discussion papers that address different aspects of the region’s climate action strategy, Climate…

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The Essence of Wild: Widgeon Marsh Regional Park

Widgeon Marsh Regional Park in Coquitlam offers more than just stunning views. This secluded area with mountain slopes, forests, and…

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Registration is now open for the 2020 Zero Waste Conference, which will take place on November 13 in Vancouver. Now…

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Modeling Wastewater to Protect Burrard Inlet

A new computer simulation model is helping us analyze how our region’s wastewater affects the Burrard Inlet. The Burrard Inlet…

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Managing Parking Demands in Regional Parks

Metro Vancouver’s regional parks have seen record numbers in 2020, as people have turned to time in nature to ease…

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Create Memories, Not Garbage this Holiday Season

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays — especially in 2020! Our ‘Create Memories, Not Garbage’ campaign…

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Managing Debris Flows in the Capilano Watershed

Metro Vancouver recently completed a project to manage debris flows in the lower Grouse Mountain area of the Capilano watershed,…

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Wildfire smoke causes poor air quality across the region

Metro Vancouver experienced some of its worst air quality in the past five years in September, when smoke from U.S.…

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Food Waste in 2020: Canadians are Planning More and Wasting Less

New research from the National Zero Waste Council shows that Canadians are wasting less food. Food waste at home is…

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New Funding for Grouse Mountain Regional Park

Metro Vancouver recently received federal and provincial funding to improve Grouse Mountain Regional Park. The Grouse Mountain Trail and Amenity…

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Metro Vancouver Board Approves Budget and Five-Year Financial Plan

On October 30, 2020 the Metro Vancouver Board endorsed the 2021 annual operating budget necessary to provide services and to…

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Chair Update In this Issue Metro Vancouver Board Approves 2021 Budget and 2021-2025 Five-Year Financial Plan Sewer Overflow Information Now Available to the Public in Real Time New Lands Added to Burns Bog Water Conservation Campaign Continues to Gain Regional Awareness Metro Vancouver Set to Review and Update Liquid Waste Management Plan New Bylaw on Residential Indoor Wood Burning Assessing Customer Satisfaction with Waste Management Facilities Reconciliation Session with Senator Murray Sinclair Council of Councils Sub-Regional Forums on Systemic Racism Zero Waste Conference National Zero Waste Council Annual General Meeting Metro Vancouver Videos ISSUE 91, October 2020 On October 30, the Board approved Metro Vancouver’s 2021 operating budget and the Five-Year Financial Plan (2021-2025), which will support our work over the coming years. A Board Budget Workshop took place October 21 and we hosted a Council of Councils October 23. My sincere thanks to all the Metro Vancouver Board Directors and Committee members for their thoughtful engagement in this process and thank you as well to all the Mayors and Councils who joined us last Saturday for the Council of Councils. The 2021 budget is $28 million dollars less than proposed in the previous planning cycle, however, it is clear that more work needs to be done to minimize the impact in the future years. On the utilities front, we are wrapping up our annual We Love Water campaign, assessing our services at waste management stations, and preparing to review our Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan. This month we also released a sewer overflow map that will make real-time information available to the public. As part of our continuing efforts to maintain good air quality, the Board has approved a new residential wood burning bylaw, which will be phased in starting in 2021. We have three important events coming up in November: the Council of Councils Sub-Regional Forums on racism, the Zero Waste Conference and the National Zero Waste Council annual general meeting. I encourage you to take part in these events, which tackle some of the key issues that our society is wrestling with at this moment. These events are sure to be both thought provoking and inspiring. Together we make our region strong. Sav Dhaliwal Chair, Metro Vancouver Board chair@metrovancouver.org Metro Vancouver Board Approves 2021 Budget and 2021-2025 Five-Year Financial Plan Metro Vancouver Board Approves 2021 Budget and 2021-2025 Five-Year Financial Plan On October 30, 2020 the Metro Vancouver Board approved the 2021 annual operating budget necessary to build, maintain, and upgrade the infrastructure needed to provide a livable region. The approved budget of $939.5 million is $28 million dollars less than what was proposed in the previous planning cycle. In 2021, the average household will pay an additional $17 for all Metro Vancouver services, for an annual total of $577. The 3.2% increase is less than half of what was previously projected for 2021 and will be used for crucial upgrades to our water, liquid and solid waste infrastructure along with improvements to air quality, affordable housing and regional parks services that will benefit all residents of our region. While the Board also endorsed the Five-Year Financial Plan (2021-2025), which will guide future annual budgets and long-term financial plans, they were clear that more work is needed to manage fiscal impacts in a sensitive economy due to the pandemic. Projected capital investments over the five years exceed $6 billion. They focus on utility system upgrades to meet federal requirements and major capital projects that are necessary to make infrastructure more resilient to an earthquake, to accommodate future population growth, and for mandatory secondary wastewater treatment. Learn more about the 2021 budget and five-year financial plan. Sewer Overflow Information Now Available to the Public in Real Time

Anyone can now access real-time information on the Metro Vancouver website about sewer overflows that are active and that have…

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Recent events in Canada and the United States as well as the COVID 19 pandemic have brought the issue of…

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New Lands Added to Burns Bog

The City of Delta and Metro Vancouver have added 321 hectares of new land to the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy…

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Water Conservation Campaign Continues to Gain Regional Awareness

This year’s We Love Water campaign focused on what it takes to deliver water, then provided ways for residents to…

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New Bylaw on Residential Indoor Wood Burning

With colder weather now upon us, residents with wood burning fireplaces are reminded to use best burning practices to reduce…

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Assessing Customer Satisfaction with Waste Management Facilities

As part of our commitment to delivering excellent customer service, Metro Vancouver conducts annual surveys at regional transfer stations  to…

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Zero Waste Conference

There is still time to register for this year’s Zero Waste Conference, which will take place on November 13. This…

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Waste Reduction and Recycling: How Are We Doing?

The Metro Vancouver region continues to be one of the most successful communities in North America when it comes to…

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Reintroducing Adult Coho Salmon to the Seymour and Coquitlam Water Supply Areas

Metro Vancouver has worked with federal and provincial governments, First Nations, partner agencies and NGOs to reintroduce adult coho salmon…

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New Study Looks at Alternative Transportation for Regional Parks

Metro Vancouver has completed the first phase in a study to assess existing transit and cycling options at regional parks.…

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Recycling and Waste Centres: New Facilities and New Names

New solid waste facilities are currently under construction in Coquitlam and Surrey and are expected to be completed in 2021.…

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2020 Zero Waste Conference Recap

The  2020 Zero Waste Conference was broadcast live from the Annacis Research Centre on Friday, November 13. Hosted by Metro…

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As the holidays approach, don’t forget to visit the Create Memories, Not Garbage website for low-waste gifts ideas. Now in…

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Metro Vancouver Appoints President of Regional Economic Prosperity Service

On January 15, Metro Vancouver announced the appointment of David Flaks as president of the Regional Economic Prosperity Service, a…

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Air Quality Fees Bylaw Under Review

Metro Vancouver is reviewing its air quality fees bylaw to better address emissions related to air contaminants, including odour-related contaminants.…

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Snowpack Monitoring in the Region’s Watersheds

Metro Vancouver is currently testing new technologies to improve how it monitors snowpack in the watersheds that provide the region’s…

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Regional Greenways Plan Approved

On November 27, 2020, Metro Vancouver approved an updated plan to expand the regional greenway network. Regional Greenways 2050 is…

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Using New Technologies to Inspect Regional Sewers

Metro Vancouver is currently testing new technologies to help it better manage the regional sewer system. Metro Vancouver is responsible…

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Promoting Electronics and Battery Recycling

Wondering what to do with those old batteries sitting at the back of the drawer? Hint: they don’t belong in…

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Events & Videos

The Summer edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with fresh programs and…

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Burnaby Housing Task Force : The City of Burnaby is starting several housing initiatives, which include supportive housing, warming centres…

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Communities in Bloom – City of Coquitlam : The City of Coquitlam has made it to the international level of…

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Metro Vancouver’s Watershed Tours Metro Vancouver offers tours of our protected watersheds every summer to help people discover these pristine…

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The newest edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with fresh programs and…

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Seymour River Bridge : The historic Twin Bridges site in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) now has a new…

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Belcarra Crab Research : A dedicated group of volunteers, the Belcarra Beachkeepers, is compiling a unique long term study of…

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Belcarra Beachkeeper: Recreational crab fishing is a popular activity in Belcarra Regional Park, but its popularity brings challenges. A dedicated…

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Parksfest Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster (Across the street from the New Westminster Skytrain Station) Get inspired.…

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The Summer edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with fresh programs and events. Pack…

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Across Canada, the construction and demolition industries create about 1.5 million tonnes of waste a year. Cities in Metro Vancouver…

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In the Willoughby area in Langley, the Jericho Reservoir is under construction. The above-ground reservoir will ensure a continued supply…

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  Aldergrove Regional Park is home to a new Nature Discovery Area, where kids can take part in nature-based play…

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The Strata Energy Advisor pilot program allows strata councils, property managers and strata members to get free assessments and advice…

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Metro Vancouver’s Watershed Tours Metro Vancouver offers tours of our protected watersheds every summer to help people discover these pristine…

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The Fall/Winter edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with new programs and events to…

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Our region is losing ecologically valuable areas at an alarming rate, but municipal planners are able to work on strategies…

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To maintain our region’s air quality, we need to measure it. Metro Vancouver operates 31 air monitoring stations from Horseshoe…

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In Burrard Inlet, a team of biologists are gathering sea floor sediment samples for Metro Vancouver’s marine monitoring program. See…

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The Coquitlam Glacier is the last surviving glacier in the Metro Vancouver region. Carbon dating of wood samples taken from…

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​Metro Vancouver 2019 Zero Waste Conference Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver Register now for the 2019…

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A look at two Vancouver parks going through an ecological transformation while still serving recreation needs. The Fifth and Pine…

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CityLab is a City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), and Simon Fraser University (SFU) partnership program where students work…

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The Fall/Winter edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with new programs and events to…

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It took a hundred truckloads of concrete to reach the latest milestone in the construction of the new Coquitlam Transfer…

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The Musqueam Indian Band co-hosted the 2019 Community-to-Community Forum this summer, underscoring the importance of building relationships.

Metro Vancouver’s air quality management plan is being updated to provide more opportunities to reduce emissions, protect human health and…

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The Fall/Winter edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out) is bursting with new programs and events to…

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Transit ridership in Metro Vancouver is reaching record levels, with renters using transit more than anyone. But a daunting challenge…

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Metro Vancouver supports agriculture awareness by providing funding grants to community organizations to educate the public about local food and…

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The City of Pitt Meadows Green Leadership Team hosted a free Community Clothing Drop & Swap this summer to raise…

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The City of Surrey’s West Village Energy Centre is a component of the district energy system, Surrey City Energy. It’s…

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The latest edition of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check it Out!) will have you longing for birdsong…

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The City of Port Coquitlam’s Litter Pickup and Cleanliness Project aims to help direct more recyclables from the landfill. An…

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Metro Vancouver staff members are using a new high-tech DNA sequencing process to determine the presence of at-risk or vulnerable…

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Greystone Village in Burnaby, which is one of Metro Vancouver’s Housing communities, is the driving force behind an annual event…

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Starting January 31, 2020, unregistered Tier 1 engines (pre-2004) will be prohibited from operating in Metro Vancouver unless they have…

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The location for the new Crescent Beach Force Main in Surrey’s Mud Bay requires crews to time their activities with…

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The annual Coho Commotion event celebrates the salmon return at Capilano River Regional Park and highlights the importance of protecting…

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The City of Port Coquitlam’s new fitness centre is part of a community centre construction project located near apartments, condos…

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​To dispose of used gypsum, designated bags are required to be tied a particular way – gooseneck style – to…

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The latest edition of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks’ Nature Program Guide (Check It Out!) will have you longing for birdsong…

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Metro Vancouver is seeking public feedback on three discussion papers that explore opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air…

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When you have to work underwater, and underground, at the same time, there’s no room for error. See how divers and…

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The City of New Westminster invited the public to an opening celebration of their new shelter location. Not only is…

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​It’s late at night and sewer flows are low, so this specialized diving team is heading into a Metro Vancouver…

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  Every year billions of litres of wastewater are processed worldwide. The byproduct of this treatment is seen as waste,…

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Please join us for this live presentation and Q&A. Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning team welcomes your questions and feedback related…

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Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is undergoing a range of improvements that will increase its level of service for 14…

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This massive tunnel boring machine cutter head is being lowered down a shaft 60m deep in preparation for tunneling across…

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A major water main dating back to the 1930s is being replaced in the City of Burnaby near Central Park.…

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A major milestone – the pouring of 2600 cubic metres of concrete foundation – has been reached on the construction…

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Local salmonberry is an important food source for many species. Its bloom is timed just right early in spring to…

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High school youth leaders from across the region came together in 2019 to participate in a Metro Vancouver Youth 4…

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As activity resumes during the COVID-19 pandemic the Township of Langley has created an online business directory as a way…

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It’s springtime and Pacific treefrogs are emerging from their ponds. Warmer temperatures signal the treefrogs to begin their calls, so…

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The City of Richmond’s Integrated Rainwater Resource Management Strategy introduces initiatives to manage stormwater. This minimizes effects on drainage infrastructure…

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Lawn watering regulations began on May 1, restricting residential lawn watering between 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. and to specific…

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Industrial Lands Densification in Metro Vancouver – Free Webinar

Industrial lands are crucial to supporting a prosperous, sustainable economy, from local services to national trade, and accommodate a quarter…

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A new app is making disposal ban surcharges more efficient.

Water systems upgrades are replacing aging infrastructure in Delta.

Find out how we’re planning for the region’s next century of water needs.

Located in Delta, the Annacis Research Centre provides research space to explore new wastewater technologies.

Learn how over 250,000 tons of our garbage are converted to electricity every year.

The Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant is expanding to serve an additional 200,000 residents and is being upgraded to tertiary…

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The Heather Place Redevelopment Project replaces 86 aging housing units with 230 new rentals designed to suit a range of…

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A look at a local organization that has been repurposing computers for nearly 30 years: BC Technology for Learning Society.  …

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Now in its 25th year, the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program employs high school and post-secondary students for…

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The latest audit of the region’s waste shows a surge in personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves.

Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant will be turning surplus digester gas into pipeline-quality gas to power 400 homes.

Learn more about how sea stars stalk, capture and consume their prey from Park Interpreter Melissa Holloway at Belcarra Regional…

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Climate Action in Metro Vancouver: A Webinar Series

Date: January 26 – March 9 (Tuesdays) Local governments have been active on climate change for 20 years, but we…

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