Metro Vancouver Blog

Metro Vancouver provides the vital services and solutions that are the foundation of our economic, ecological and social health. Learn more about these services and how they protect the livability of our region. (video produced in 2019)

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Metro Vancouver is future-proofing the facilities we all depend on, as population growth and climate change bring fresh challenges to critical regional systems. New construction, upgrades to existing infrastructure, planning, and maintenance projects were all part of those efforts in 2019. (video produced in 2019)

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It took one of the largest cranes available in Canada to lift the massive tunnel boring machine (TBM) cutterhead in place; a major milestone for the construction of the new Second Narrows water supply tunnel. A boring machine is being assembled in preparation to dig the 1.1 kilometre tunnel beneath Burrard Inlet. The new tunnel will have greater capacity to serve a growing population.

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Take a sneak peek at the planning process of Widgeon Marsh Regional Park in Coquitlam, a secluded area with mountain slopes, forests and wetlands that's home to a diversity of wildlife. It's not yet open to the public, but work is underway. A team of experts is planning and designing the park. (video produced in 2019)

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Every year billions of litres of wastewater is processed worldwide. The byproduct of this treatment is seen as waste, but a hydrothermal processing pilot project at Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant converts wastewater biomass from treatment plants into biocrude oil that can be refined to a low carbon transportation fuel. (video produced in 2019)

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  A dedicated group of volunteers, the Belcarra Beachkeepers, is compiling a unique, long term study of the crabs that live in the waters around Belcarra Regional Park.

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Recreational crab fishing is a popular activity in Belcarra Regional Park, but its popularity brings challenges. A dedicated group of enviro-volunteers, the Belcarra Beachkeepers, come out in force every summer to promote stewardship of this sensitive marine ecosystem. 

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https://vimeo.com/392839483 A historic day for Metro Vancouver and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, as the two sides signed a co-operation agreement for Belcarra Regional Park. The agreement, which recognizes the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's ancestral ties to Belcarra, is the first of its kind for Metro Vancouver.

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Metro Vancouver's air quality management plan is being updated to address more opportunities for emissions reductions, to protect human health and the environment, and minimize the region’s contribution to climate change and improve visual air quality.

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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 sewer main to locate cracks. It’s the first step in a new repair technique that takes place above ground, without excavations. It is extremely cost effective and is a first in North America.

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