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The Town of Ladysmith has been awarded a pair of Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund grants totaling $414,000 for projects supporting the long term sustainability of our waterfront and harbour.
On Wednesday, FCM announced $1.76 million for BC municipalities and First Nations to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of water, land and transportation in communities across British Columbia.
A portion of the Federal funding ($168,400) received by the Town is dedicated towards the completion of an environmental assessment and remedial action plan for the uplands identified within the Waterfront Area Plan (WAP).
Council previously approved conducting a site investigation, which has been ongoing since late 2020, and these grant funds allow the Town to recover a portion of the costs for completing this work.
Following the receipt of a final report, it’s anticipated that the Town will be able to apply to the Province as part of the next steps for determining a remediation plan and schedule, as we continue with the ongoing implementation of the WAP.
The second grant ($246,000) helps partially fund an ultra-violet (UV) disinfection pilot project at Ladysmith’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, supporting recommendations contained within the Town’s long term strategy for wastewater management.
The pilot study was completed this spring and found that UV disinfection is a feasible option for disinfection of viruses when compared to the current practice involving the use of chlorine.
The results of the pilot study provide insight into an alternative disinfection method that may further protect commercial, recreational and First Nation shellfish harvesting areas.
Furthermore, examining the effectiveness of UV, especially in a unique harbour environment, is the first known study of its kind and the Town is grateful for the support provided by Vancouver Island University during this initial phase.
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