CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The federal government is investing $318,000 over three years to the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) for a climate change adaptation project in Atlantic Canada.
The project, Incorporating Climate Resilience for Municipal Infrastructure into the Updates of Existing Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Design Guidelines, involves incorporating climate change adaptation into design guidelines for municipal water and wastewater infrastructure in Atlantic Canada. It is expected that updated guidelines can be applied in other regions in Canada.
Valued at $645,000, the program will be funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program and also received support from the ACWWA, the governments of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the City of Charlottetown and Halifax Water.
Training for professionals such as public works and utility engineers, and consulting engineers will also be delivered to build their awareness of climate change adaptation and their capacity to put the guidelines into practice, indicates a release issued by natural resources Canada.
“New design guidelines and training opportunities will help us build our communities for the future. They will protect our ocean resources and support economic sectors like fishing, tourism and aquaculture. The project also supports regional collaboration. Atlantic Canada will be able to draw on the collective expertise, experience, and resources of its engineering professionals,” said Brad Trivers, minister of the environment, water and climate change, P.E.I., in a statement.