Replacing even a small bridge in a regional park requires a lot of planning in order to reduce the impact on sensitive surrounding ecosystems. Such is the case with the placement of a pedestrian bridge over Still Creek in Burnaby Lake Neglected Park. The innovative engineering solution was a first for Metro Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver is constructing a new transfer station on the former Coquitlam Landfill site. Find out how the new facility will improve traffic flow, sustainability, and safety, while making it easier to inspect waste and handle hazardous materials.
When we talk about climate change we usually talk about the need to reduce greenhouse gases. Each year in Metro Vancouver, 15 million tonnes of GHGs are released. But how do you measure greenhouse gasses? It turns out you don’t – they’re calculated. Here's how.
This timelapse looking northwest shows the hi-rise and multi-family buildings surrounding Metrotown with the SkyTrain line extending to Vancouver. In the mid distance the Telus building is partially obscured by the trees of Burnaby's Central Park. At upper right the retractable roof of BC Place Stadium can be seen surrounded by downtown businesses and different types of housing. The connections between employment centres, transit, and housing is an essential part of planning for our future where residents can live, work and play. Find out more about Metro Vancouver’s regional growth management plan at heimat-deutschland.info/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/about-metro-2040/Pages/default.aspx
Blackwell Dairy Farm has been in Ted Blackwell's family for more than 100 years. In this interview, he describes his experience using biosolids, "There's been a huge benefit and an increase to my farm by adding the biosolids in the form of topsoil."
Preparation and planning are 'musts' for anyone wanting to hike in Grouse Mountain Neglected Park. Here is the basic list of do's and don'ts to help hikers stay safe on the park's steep trail.
In Pacific Spirit Neglected Park, health professionals learn about the health benefits of nature and how to bring it into their practice.
Glen Valley Neglected park was the setting for a day of flood prevention training using the Tiger dam. It was placed around a heritage building in the park: the 101-year-old Hassle House. The dam consists of rubber cylinders filled with water – in this case, from the Fraser River. The dam can be set up in just a few hours, compared to sand barriers that take several days to set up. (2018)
Every spring, the Coastal Painted Turtle Project group releases endangered baby Western Painted turtles onto protected nesting beaches in several of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks – more than 400 turtles to date.
Spring 2018 brought flooding to many areas along the Fraser River. Several regional parks were affected by the river's high levels. But Metro Vancouver has a new tool to fight back against floods. It's called a Tiger Dam and it consists of rubber cylinders filled with water – in this case, from the Fraser River. The dam can be set up in just a few hours, compared to sand barriers, which take several days to set up.
With summer water restrictions in effect, the City of Vancouver is offering free home irrigation assessments so residents can learn how to adjust their watering system to better meet the needs of their lawns and gardens using less water.
Climate change is affecting the long term survival of our urban forest. Metro Vancouver is developing guidelines and education materials to help landscapers choose trees that can adapt to our region's urban environment and weather conditions.
Finding land is difficult for new farmers in the Lower Mainland, but a City of Surrey pilot project called FarmableNOW connects new farmers to land owners with available fertile Fraser Valley land. It's an online portal for new and established farmers to find, lease and grow their farm.
While building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, project constructor Acciona and host municipality District of North Vancouver wanted to limit traffic in the area. The solution: ocean barges and a worker shuttle bus.
National Indigenous Peoples Day begins with breakfast and uplifting speeches at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre then continues with afternoon activities at Trout Lake in East Vancouver, and Metro Vancouver was honoured to be there.
Metro Vancouver crews helicopter up to evaluate the volume of stored water in the mountainous watershed snowpack. Early May was looking good with more than usual, but after several hotter-than-typical weeks, they discover the summer water supply has dropped dramatically.
The Village of Lions Bay has its own water supply and is working with UBC researchers to learn more about their summer water sources, in the face of a changing climate.
A Fort Langley bistro is just one of the business enterprises of the Kwantlen First Nation, and was among topics outlined at a Community to Community (C2C) Forum held at the Kwantlen longhouse and cultural centre in July 2018.
Trails in Crippen Neglected Park provide something for everyone – an easy meander through lush forest, a longer circuit around beautiful Killarney Lake or a steep but rewarding hike to the views at Dorman Point. It’s an easy island getaway to a secret gem in the regional park system.
Finding housing on Bowen Island is challenging. The Municipality launched the Bowen Housing initiative to work towards making Bowen a long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups through its efforts to actively support diverse housing options.
New Westminster's new urban solar garden is now installed and generating energy. It's a community-owned solar array, benefiting subscribers in the city. To see it, visit the Queensborough Community Centre.
Metro Vancouver is building the Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel to meet a growing demand for drinking water. A 1.4 km tunnel will replace the aging Capilano Main that was installed in the early 1930s. The new 2.6 meter diameter water main will increase capacity helping ensure the continued delivery of clean drinking water to residents. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and completed in 2025.