Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/154/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassFACD790FA4FA4D18AF9E050D14678EAC"><p>This update is coming out August 31, as the region recovers from the heaviest windstorm in almost ten years. Metro Vancouver can report the districts' facilities performed extremely well based on improvements made following the 2006 wind storm. The weekend weather provided a significant test of our back up power, which operated throughout the storm with negligible service disruption. <br> <br>For most of August it's been extraordinarily dry right across the province, and we need to continue to prioritize how we use our water. <br> <br>Stage 3 water restrictions are still in effect, with a ban on lawn sprinkling, and limits on other outdoor water uses. In addition, many of you are finding ways to save water inside your home; a bucket in the shower to catch water for the garden, rain barrels to capture roof run-off, a jug of cold water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run. </p><p>With the restrictions in place our <a href="/services/water/sources-supply/reservoir-levels/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">daily water use</a> has come down. However we still need consistent rain to refill the reservoirs. Other Regional Districts across British Columbia are coping with water shortages and wildfires, and whether you're staying home or travelling, we remind everyone that we all can do our part to be <em> </em> <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/water-conservation-home/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <em>waterwise</em></a> this summer. </p><p>In other news Metro Vancouver is moving full speed towards its 5<sup>th</sup>  Annual <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">2015 Zero Waste Conference</a>, taking place October 29.  This month you will also find an update on the <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/about/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <em>Love Food, Hate Waste</em></a> campaign, and on major infrastructure in both our liquid waste and drinking water systems. And timely for summer, an invitation to explore your <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Parks</a>, and submit a photo to our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MetroVancouverRegionalParks/app_515720611858523" target="_blank">Parks Photo Contest</a>. </p><p> </p><p> <em>Metro Vancouver is a partnership 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.</em> </p></div>Welcome0 0


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Water restrictions continue until further noticehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/155/Water restrictions continue until further noticeWater restrictions continue until further notice<div class="ExternalClassEF0B91FF8E84426B9A9EDC6240E4CB4B"><p>Due to the early spring and summer, as well as the hot and dry weather, <a href="/services/water/sources-supply/reservoir-levels/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver's water supply is below normal</a>. Stage Three restrictions are in place until further notice, and include, among other activities, a <em>complete prohibition on lawn sprinkling</em>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-waterwise.jpgRead more...WaterFull
NEW videos to encourage water conservation - watch and sharehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/156/NEW videos to encourage water conservation - watch and shareNEW videos to encourage water conservation - watch and share<div class="ExternalClassE6C7A5BBC00349DA817F5FECE4479944"><p>Over the years video has proven to be an effective and popular way to talk to people about our livable region- what makes it great, and what we all need to think about to keep it that way. A number of new water-related videos have just been released. You might see these on television, Facebook, YouTube and more. Share them, and use them in your classrooms, workspaces and home. We all play a part in water conservation.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-videos.jpgRead more...VideosFull
Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion underwayhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/158/Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion underwayNorthwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion underway<div class="ExternalClass1F514470F8C947B0B045A213CA01D14C"><p>​The <a href="/services/liquid-waste/treatment/treatment-plants-processes/northwest-langley/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter36&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant</a> next to the Golden Ears Bridge and Fraser River is undergoing a $64 million expansion. This plant treats wastewater from the Walnut Grove area in Langley, which has a current population of about 31,000 residents.</p><p><em>(Photo: Construction in progress for the three new secondary clarifiers and the activated sludge tanks at the Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant.) </em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-nwlwwtp.jpgRead more...NWLangleyFull
Metro Vancouver and UBC working together on liquid waste research http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/159/Metro Vancouver and UBC working together on liquid waste researchMetro Vancouver and UBC working together on liquid waste research <div class="ExternalClassAF653881EE284A6CBFC51762B0C4601A"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">The Annacis Research Centre, in Delta, fosters new and innovative ways to manage wastewater (sewage). UBC, an active partner in the Centre’s development will be starting some new research this fall.  </span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-arc.jpgRead more...UBCFull
Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel – tunnelling process now completehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/160/Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel – tunnelling process now completePort Mann Water Supply Tunnel – tunnelling process now complete<div class="ExternalClassB802610830E6425E9CCFBD7CFDA2D373"><p>​If you drive over the Port Mann Bridge, or use Coquitlam’s Maquabeak Park, you may have seen construction associated with the new Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel project. This new tunnel goes under the Fraser River, and will convey drinking water to communities south of the River. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-drill.jpgRead more...PortMannFull
New guidebook considers health impacts of public amenitieshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/161/New guidebook considers health impacts of public amenitiesNew guidebook considers health impacts of public amenities<div class="ExternalClass7C1784D3401540AB913301B780979312"><p>Metro Vancouver and the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Authorities have developed a new guidebook to help planners and engineers assess health impacts of new community plans and amenities. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-guidebook.jpgRead more...GuidebookFull
Explore Your Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/162/Explore Your Regional ParksExplore Your Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass7861655571344C768E34DB7690B5EA4C"><p>​Your regional park system includes over 27 great places for you to connect with nature. These parks offer special events, interpretive and school programs. For many of us they also offer a place for contemplation, relief from a busy urban life, and opportunity to connect with nature. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-regionalparks.jpgRead more...ParksFull
Zero Waste Conference October 29, 2015 - Register Nowhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/163/Zero Waste Conference October 29, 2015 - Register NowZero Waste Conference October 29, 2015 - Register Now<div class="ExternalClassA763F2C1B3104CFCB4B81307C5592C64"><p>​Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 29 for the annual Zero Waste Conference, with keynote speaker <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pub/william-mcdonough/15/2/72a" target="_blank">William McDonough, FAIA, FRIBA, Int.</a>, a globally recognized leader in sustainable development and design, recognized by Time magazine as a <em>‘Hero for the Planet’</em>.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-zwc.jpgRead more...ZWCFull
Love Food Hate Wastehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/164/Love Food Hate WasteLove Food Hate Waste<div class="ExternalClassDB0256D9CBB948A29A8AC6D0A55BDB26"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Love Food Hate Waste continues to grow and develop new engaging information. New videos teach us how to <a href="http://bcove.me/xx4y020y" target="_blank">save sliced meats</a>, <a href="http://bcove.me/grliyj06" target="_blank">store red peppers</a>, <a href="http://bcove.me/kn0vv4gs" target="_blank">store lettuce for longer</a> and more.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-bananas.jpgRead more...LFHWFull



Fall 2015 Check it Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/165/Fall 2015 Check it OutFall 2015 Check it Out<div class="ExternalClass66C53ECC1FCD4F30A323D98472B2245D"><p>The annual Coho Walk, an Applefest on Bowen Island, wetland tours and more outdoor adventures await you. Intrigued? Visit <a href="/" target="_blank">metrovancouver.org</a> and search '<a href="/events/regional-parks-nature-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">checkitout</a>' </p></div>Read more...Check It OutSummaryBottom
Regional Arts & Culturehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/166/Regional Arts & CultureRegional Arts & Culture<div class="ExternalClass5ADBB075E6C54B18B019B849C3B2C5A5"><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/maxguide-logo.PNG" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="http://www.maxguide.org/" target="_blank">​MAXguide.org</a> Metro Vancouver’s regional arts and culture calendar, is a collaboration of regional culture stakeholders, providing free listings of arts and culture events for arts organizations, individuals and selected art businesses<span lang="EN-US">.  Check out what’s happening across the region.</span></p></div>Read more...MAXSummaryBottom
The Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Up - Metro Vancouver's Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/167/The Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Up - Metro Vancouver's Television ShowsThe Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Up - Metro Vancouver's Television Shows<div class="ExternalClassD50B4E23674641EB9FFA40DC2DB4913D"><div><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region</a> examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment, and delivers vital services to residents of our region.<br style="clear:both;"> </p><p> In this edition, a game show inspires Langley Township students with environmental learning, Surrey shows off its cycling infrastructure during Bike to Work Week, and Feeding the 5000 turns recovered food into a free lunch and a food waste lesson. <a href="http://bcove.me/uxipdeva" target="_blank">http://bcove.me/uxipdeva</a><br></p><p> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:150px;padding-right:20px;float:left;" /> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close Up</a> shows how municipalities and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month. Current videos include:<br style="clear:both;"></p><ul><li> <a href="http://bcove.me/91vbqkhn" target="_blank">International Migratory Bird Day</a> - Boundary Bay Regional Park is a major stop-over on the Pacific flyway with bird counts up to 100,000 during large migration periods. The Boundary Bay Parks Association marks the occasion with an annual Mother's Day Tea with the Birds event</li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/m3d2r4po" target="_blank">Restoring Iona Beach</a> - Iona Beach Regional Park is a typical example of the devastating damage scotch broom can inflict on a coastal sand ecosystem. </li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/xan7bm2l" target="_blank">Assessing Fire Risk</a> <a>-</a> fire danger brings immense challenges for those tasked with protecting Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks and watersheds. See how staff assess the fire risk, monitor and enforce fire bans, and tackle the demands of this unprecedented dry season.</li><li><a href="http://bcove.me/1hnahj58" target="_blank">Hatcheries</a> - Metro Vancouver Regional Parks are home to five hatcheries that produce the largest number of fry released in creeks and rivers in BC, contributing to the region's ecological health.</li></ul><p>These programs air back to back on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4:</p><p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm<br> NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm<br> Delta TV: Sun/Mon at 8am & 2pm; Mon-Fri at 11:30am</p><p>And they are always available <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>.</p></div></div>Read more...TSRSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Photo Contesthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/169/Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Photo ContestMetro Vancouver Regional Parks Photo Contest<div class="ExternalClass78560EDCFD354080BC71357896F4BABA"><p>Metro Vancouver invites amateur and professional photographers alike to share their best photos showing why they love Regional Parks. </p><p>Submit up to three photos for a chance to win great prizes. The contest is open to ages 13 and up. The entry deadline is Aug 31, 2015. Vote for the People's Choice Award Sept 1 – 15, 2015. </p><p>For details visit us <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MetroVancouverRegionalParks?sk=app_515720611858523" target="_blank">online</a> or go to <a href="/" target="_blank">metrovancouver.org</a> and search 'photo contest'.</p><p>There are already some amazing entries; wildlife, sunrises, friends and families. View them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MetroVancouverRegionalParks?sk=app_181518015386164" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and then give us your best shot. </p></div>Read more...PhotoContestSummaryBottom
Interesting Facts About Your Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-12/168/Interesting Facts About Your Regional ParksInteresting Facts About Your Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassB67C29D2B1D64FE491DC469D952D7742"><p>​Metro Vancouver Regional Parks; </p><ul><li>Provide habitat to local wildlife, from back bears to rough-skinned newts.</li><li>Provide resting areas on the Pacific Flyway, a migratory bird pathway. A million Western sandpipers use these areas when migrating south in the fall. Plan your visit to <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach Regional Park</a> or <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay Regional Park</a>. </li><li>Hosted over 10 million people visits in 2014.</li><li>Offer more than 350 km of trails to walk or cycle.</li><li>Protect natural areas in our region, and contribute to its livability. </li></ul></div>Read more...Did You KnowSummaryBottom