WelcomeWelcome2019-06-28T07:00:00ZGP0|#571b1e35-a760-4f0f-968e-cf31102ad527;L0|#0571b1e35-a760-4f0f-968e-cf31102ad527|Issue 54;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass37AE8D897FBB4312914EC74C00C57C3D"><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Enjoy!</p><p> </p><p><em>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.</em></p></div>0