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.