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"Wetlands could treat septage", Gulf Islands Driftwood, May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013


 

"Reed beds option for water treatment", Gulf Islands Driftwood, February 27, 2013

February 27, 2013


 Large ground water withdrawals will soon be taxed

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment (MoE) is proposing new legislation through the Water Sustainability Act that will include charges for large users.  According to MoE groundwater usage > 10m3 per day, about 2,500 ig-day, will require a license.  MoE states that amount is sufficient to provide water for about five houses or a small agricultural operation.  The licencing will also provide more secure access as well.  The stated purpose is to assist with managing B.C.’s water resources in a more sustainable manner.  That it will generate additional tax revenues is not stressed by the government, but then it seldom is.

See http://livingwatersmart.ca/ for more information

 Spring 2012


 California Sewage Ban Creates Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) ships are now barred from discharging wastewaters into California’s coastal waters. California, long a leader on environmental issues, has banned the discharge of sewage from cruise ships and most other large vessels into the 2,000+ km of their coastline.  Presently, about 22,000,000 US gallons (100,000,000 L) of “treated” sewage is discharged into their coastal waters every year.

The process began when California passed the Clean Coast Act written by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto).  The law prohibits all commercial ships from dumping hazardous waste, including sewage, sewage sludge, “grey water” from sinks and showers, and oily bilge water into state waters. The bill, SB 771, also required California to petition the federal government for a "No Discharge Zone" to enforce the bill’s anti-dumping provisions.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed the rule making wastewater discharge a federal offence.  As requested by the state, the prohibition applies to all passenger ships larger than 300 tons and to all other oceangoing vessels larger than 300 tons.  

Now if we can only get municipalities to stop discharging sewage into coastal waters. Coastal waters did not evolve receiving complexed nutrients as wastes from the once multitudinous large grazing animals in North America were filtered by grasslands, forest, and wetlands.


Source:  http://www.wwdmag.com/regulations/california-sewage-ban-creates-largest-coastal-no-discharge-zone-nation

February 13, 2012


Curt Kerns gives presentation at 2011 Osoyoos Water Science Forum

Curt Kerns gives presentation "The Value and Function of Natural and Constructed Wetlands" at the 2011 Osoyoos Water Science Forum.

September 20, 2011


Simple Steps Students (or anyone) Can Take To Help The Environment

The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) has just published an article about being green in college. Written by Alexandra Ries who is a NESC student intern for the fall semester and a graduating senior at West Virginia University, the article has several steps that college students—or anyone, for that matter—can take for the environment.

September 15, 2011


BC Hydro Selects VTF Constructed Wetland Technology

BC Hydro has chosen a Vegetative Tertiary Filter as a part of their Sewage Upgrade Project starting with the Cheakamus power generation plant located near Squamish, BC.

August 25, 2011


Nayadic Advanced Secondary Treatment Plant Receives CSA B-66 Certification

Under the authority of the Safety Codes Act, Chapter S-1 section 38(1).

“This is a variance to sentence 5.2.3.1.(2) of the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2009 regarding tanks used for Packaged Treatment Plants being certified as meeting the structural and material requirements of the CAN/CSA-B66 standard for the “Design, Material, and Manufacturing Requirements for Prefabricated Septic Tanks and Sewage Holding Tanks.” Based on engineered design and assessment provided in support of this variance and the adherence to CSA certification protocol applied to the manufacture of the tanks, the tanks manufactured by Consolidated Treatment Systems, inc. Ltd and used for the Nayadic M-Series wastewater treatment plants are considered to provide an equivalent level of safety with regard to structural sufficiency and water-tightness as intended by the Standard of Practice.”

Nayadic Treatment Plant, Alberta CSA B-66 Certification

August 11, 2011


WetlandsPacific attends the 13th Annual AOWMA Convention and Trade Show

Curt Kerns delivered a presentation on “Organic Material Soil Enrichment : Providing hydraulic functionality in situ for challenging sites” at the 13th Annual AOWMA Convention & Trade Show being held at the Capri Convention Center on January 20th to 22nd 2011 in Red Deer, Alberta. The abstract of the talk is presented in Curt’s View. WetlandsPacific Corp. will also have a booth, no. 4, at the tradeshow.

January 18, 2011


Curt Kerns' Qualifications Accepted for the Purpose of Designing Private Sewage Systems in Alberta

Curt Kerns, professional biologist in the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, had his qualifications accepted by the Administrator of Private Sewage Treatment Systems in the Public Safety Division, Safety Services for the purpose of designing private sewage systems in Alberta.


EVENT: Sustainability & Sewage - Innovations on Vancouver Island Tour: April 28, 2010

Join a group of sustainability professionals in the mid Vancouver Island area on a lively tour of unconventional sewage treatment technologies. On the tour we plan to see waterless toilets, constructed wetlands, a package treatment plant, and a solar aquatics system. Curt Kerns, designer of the constructed wetlands system, will be onsite for an in depth explanation of his system. Invitation


Second Patent issued on Vegetative Tertiary Filter

U.S. patent 7695620 was issued on April 13th, 2010. This is the second patent issued on the highly innovative and effective VTF. Invented by WetlandsPacific Corp. as the only passive wastewater treatment system that can remove contaminants down to non-detectable levels, which has been used to excellent advantage in Canada since 2002. While there have been active systems that would reduce contaminants to similarly low levels, they are typically capital, energy, and maintenance intensive. Whereas the VTF, which is price competitive with a much less effective sand mound, can be gravity fed, and requires minimal maintenance.


Curt Kerns elected to the WCOWMA BC Advisory Committee

Curt Kerns is one of six people elected to the Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association (WCOWMA) B.C. Advisory Committee. The election was held at the B.C. 2010 Convention and Trade Show in Kelowna, B.C.

Purpose of this newly elected group is to create the strategies and objectives which will form the BC chapter of the WCOWMA association.


WetlandsPacific Corp. Moves to New Headquarters

On November 4th, 2009 WetlandsPacific’s president, Curt Kerns formally announced the move to its new offices and yard in the Duke Point Industrial Park, located at 921 Maughan Road, Nanaimo, B.C. The property is zoned for heavy industry. The new area will allow WetlandsPacific Corp. to further develop innovative solutions to onsite wastewater issues.


Patent Issued on WetlandsPacific’s New Class of Constructed Wetland, the Vegetative Tertiary Filter.

U.S. patent 7407577, was issued to Curt Kerns, the president of WetlandsPacific Corp. on August 8th, 2008. The Canadian patent is pending. The new class of constructed wetland invented by Mr. Kerns is that of a Type 3+ capillary system. The VTF follow advanced secondary treatment in the Nayadic line of aerobic treatment plants. Peat, which can have 33,000 more surface area as coarse sand, provides the surface area for microbial community attachment. It is the microbes that remove contaminants down to non-detectable levels of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5). Fecal coliform bacteria are also reduced to non-detectable levels as well.