Construction on the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is nearing completion. In late June the tunnel boring for the project was completed, and the tunnel boring machine extracted from the access shaft on the north side of the Fraser River. Now crews are installing the steel pipe which will line the one kilometer long tunnel. When completed, the water main will more than double the current water supply capacity of the existing main and service the growing Metro Vancouver communities south of the Fraser. Tim Langmaid, the project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald took us underground, for an up-close look at the final stages of the work.
Stricter rules for construction site runoff, along with technology, are combining to make it easier to maintain the health of Coquitlam waterways. When silt and mud collect in streambeds, the habitat and food sources of fish and invertebrates get covered up. Bylaws like Coquitlam’s, which controls drainage and soil run-off, are part of the region-wide goal to protect waterways. See how contractors are using rain gauges to stay in compliance with local bylaws and protect habitat.
Mimicking nature is the big idea behind rainwater collection on Burke Mountain. To protect the health of streams, the design works to put water where it needs to go. See how a flexible design slows down the water to prevent stream damage.
See how planning for compact neighbourhoods in Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain area brings opportunities to support the local economy. Discover the multi-generational appeal of Port Moody’s Fingerling Festival. Learn why sidewalks can play a role in better health in Port Coquitlam and find out why the City of Burnaby’s Environment Festival delivers an educational message about the impact of human activity in our natural spaces.
Mimicking nature is the big idea behind rainwater collection on Burke Mountain. See how a flexible design slows down the water to prevent stream damage, protect the health of streams, and put water where it needs to go.
On June 11, 2014, local media and dignitaries were invited to tour the now-completed Coquitlam UV disinfection facility. Guests learned about the UV process, plant control systems, and environmentally-friendly features of the water treatment plant.
Environmental stewardship is an essential part of the Coquitlam UV Project. See how the enhanced salmon rearing habitat is being constructed as well as wildlife surveys, salvage, and the relocation of resident small animals.