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January 9, 2014

Nominations Open for 2014 Mayor's Volunteer Service Awards

Released: 10:59 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Sam Katz, along with Volunteer Manitoba, is inviting people to nominate Winnipeggers and Winnipeg-based organizations for the 2014 Mayor's Volunteer Service Awards.

Presented annually by Mayor Katz at the Volunteer Awards Dinner, the awards recognize outstanding Winnipeg residents who volunteer their time, talents and energy for the betterment of the community.

"Winnipeg is celebrated across Canada for the tremendous spirit, commitment, contribution, and skill of its volunteers,” said Mayor Katz. “Every day, our citizens show they care in countless ways and it gives me great pride to congratulate Winnipeggers for making a difference.”

All individuals currently living in Winnipeg, or Winnipeg-based organizations and agencies engaged in volunteer activities are eligible for the awards. Nominees will be evaluated based on a variety of characteristics including: extraordinary volunteer efforts, long-term commitment to the community, leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.

Mayor Katz will present five Mayor’s Volunteer Service Awards at the Volunteer Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Nominations are now open and may be submitted until February 7, 2014. Nomination forms may be submitted online through the Volunteer Manitoba website, www.volunteermanitoba.ca, or by mail. A printable form is available for download at winnipeg.ca/interhom/mayor/news/MayorsNewsArchive.stm .

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Public invited to a public meeting to comment on the future of biosolids

Building a cost-effective, sustainable master plan for Winnipeg's biosolids

Released: 12:19 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is invited to a meeting to comment on the potential options for managing biosolids, the nutrient-rich, organic, solid by-product of sewage treatment. The City of Winnipeg must submit a Biosolids Master Plan to the province by October 2, 2014, outlining an environmentally sound and sustainable strategy to manage our community’s biosolids to 2037.

Two public meetings will take place at the Manitoba Children's Museum, 45 Forks Market Road.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

presentation at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

presentation at 9:30 a.m.

The meetings will include a 30 minute presentation, a question and answer period and an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to provide their feedback on six potential biosolids treatment options:

  • Land application - apply biosolids to land in either a liquid or cake form to condition the soil or to fertilize crops or other vegetation
  • Thermal oxidation/combustion and energy recovery - firing the biosolids at a high temperature, producing recoverable heat and energy, leaving only ash, which is suitable for beneficial reuse
  • Pelletization for soil conditioner - use heat drying technologies to produce pea-size pellets, which are suitable for beneficial reuse (e.g., fertilizer or biofuel)
  • Compost - mix biosolids with woodchips and air to make compost for use as a soil amendment
  • Land restoration/revitalization �"- apply biosolids to land to replace lost topsoil (e.g., landfill cover, large construction sites, surface strip mines, parks and road cuts, wetlands, wildlife habitat, conservation areas)
  • Landfill disposal - co-disposal of biosolids and municipal garbage in a landfill

“Our goal is to develop a plan that demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance,” said Geoff Patton, Manager of Engineering Services with the City’s Water and Waste Department. “One of the key steps in developing our Biosolids Master Plan is to consult with the public on the potential treatment options and incorporate this feedback into our final recommendations.”

More than 13,000 dry tonnes of biosolids are produced annually at Winnipeg’s three sewage treatment plants, and that number is expected to increase by 50 per cent by 2037.  Since 1990, the City’s WinGRO land application program would deliver, spread and incorporate a portion of the biosolids to agricultural land at no cost to landowners.  This land application program was discontinued in 2010 due to more stringent provincial nutrient regulations under the Water Protection Act as a result of concerns about nutrient overloading in Lake Winnipeg.  Since January 2011, biosolids have been landfilled at the Brady Resource Management Facility (Brady Landfill).

In the meantime, the City has been moving forward on a plan to manage biosolids.  The activities to date include:

  • Completion of a biosolids marketability study for the Winnipeg region.
  • Issued a Request for Information to understand private sector interest in biosolids reuse.
  • Proceeding with a two-year pilot program that is expected to begin composting 20 per cent of our biosolids this summer at a new $7 million complex at the Brady Resource Management Facility.  Depending on the results of the pilot, the composting option could be a long term solution for dealing with a large portion of Winnipeg’s biosolids.
  • Subject to Council approval, including about $200 million in capital funding over the next 5 years for a new long term biosolids management program (includes engineering and construction costs).

An effective biosolids management program must address many diverse technical, regulatory, economic, social, and environmental challenges. Biosolids pose a management and end-use challenge to every community in the developed world.  In Canada, production, transport, use (including beneficial use) and disposal of biosolids are regulated on a provincial/territorial basis. A variety of management options for biosolids are in use in Canada, and are established by local conditions, and the quality and quantity of the biosolids.

More details on the potential treatment options and the steps involved in developing the Biosolids Master Plan is on the City’s website at wwdengage.winnipeg.ca

Members of the public that are unable to attend a public meeting can provide their comments by Friday, January 24, 2014:

Marion Street closed from Holden Street to Lagimodiere Blvd. while crews work to control a water main leak

Released: 2:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Marion Street is now closed to traffic from Holden Street to Lagimodiere Blvd. while crews work to control a water main leak.

Winter conditions make the leaks more challenging to find and control, as the water has more difficulty draining because of frozen catch basins.

An update on lane closures will be provided once the leak is controlled and the street is cleared of ice.

Visit winnipegtransit.com for information on Transit re-routes.

City of Winnipeg snow clearing and recycling/garbage update

Rising temperatures expected to help crews catch up

Released: 3:34 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The weather is warming up in Winnipeg, which has allowed the City to begin salting operations on the P1 (regional) street network.

Crews will continue this operation as long as the trend of milder temperatures can support it. This operation will move into the P2 (collector/bus) route. Along with the salting, motor graders will be used to remove snowpack and slush as it develops.

Snow clearing on all missed P3 (residential) streets is expected to be complete by Saturday morning, January 11, 2014.

Sidewalk clearing is continuing on the residential network until completion, which is estimated to be three days.

Hauling operations are continuing with emphasis on restoring the curb lane to full service on the regional network. The City continues to address high piles of snow on the collector/bus route network.

Citizens are urged to use caution in and around these winter equipment operations.

Citizens are reminded that the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban remains in effect daily on streets designated as snow routes from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. until March 1, 2014.

Plowing operations were completed in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at City of Winnipeg - Snow Clearing Policy

Contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca. Residents can also make snow removal requests using the 311 App and online at City of Winnipeg - 311 Online

Recycling and garbage collection service is up to two days behind schedule in some neighbourhoods due to the effects of the prolonged frigid temperatures and snowfalls, resulting in equipment breakdowns and potential worker safety issues.

Collection service will continue through the weekend in an effort to be back on schedule for Monday’s collection, January 13, 2014.

Residents are advised to put their carts out on their regular collection day and leave them out until collection is provided.

Customers with recycling/garbage pickup delays of more than two days are encouraged to contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca. We continue to track those as deficiencies and will work with the contractors to correct them.

Last update: 11.03.2014

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