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News & Initiatives
World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
The immediate question on everyone’s mind regarding radioactivity is “have my water (and air) been affected by fallout from Fukushima?” The workshop on Nov 19, 2012 was about ‘Local Monitoring of Radioactivity in Relation to the Fukushima Daichii Incident’. The presenter of this workshop, Rudy Pante, is a nuclear chemist and also the water chemist in charge of testing Metro Vancouver’s drinking water. His opinions, expressed in his workshops, are his own and do not reflect those of Metro Vancouver. When asked if there is current cause for alarm about elevated radionuclide levels in our Metro Vancouver drinking water, his informed response was a definitive NO, that the levels are currently very, very low.
The next question, on the minds of those who are paying attention to the ongoing instability at Fukushima, is “what precautions are in place to monitor our local radionuclide levels in the event of a major destabilization at Fukushima or even the Hanford nuclear plant in Washington State?” Unfortunately, the position of Health Canada and local officials is complacent.
Rudy Pante’s workshops are an attempt to shed some light on this topic of radionuclides and nuclear fallout. These workshops are not about risk levels. They are about understanding radioactivity and how to correctly detect and measure it.
The next workshop is entitled:
INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL GAMMA-RAY SPECTROMETRY
Monday Dec 3, 2012
BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave
Room 141, SE14 (Library)
(best approached from Wayburne Drive)
For registration and details contact:
How wonderful that the salmon are returning, and that we humans are now moved by this kind of news! Our values and actions are definitely shifting to support the natural environment which sustains us.
Still Creek, which flows from Burnaby to Vancouver, was once the most polluted waterway in British Columbia. Due to extensive efforts by many concerned groups and individuals, this precious waterway has been cleaned up and is slowly coming back to life.
Spawning Chum salmon have been seen in Still Creek beside the Cornett Rd/Natal St intersection in Vancouver this week.
Some other groups working on stream daylighting and creek restoration in Metro Vancouver are…
This workshop (Nov 19) promises to be a unique opportunity for getting answers to lingering questions and concerns about the possible effects of radiation from Fukushima on Metro Vancouver’s water supply.
The initiative for this event comes from one individual named Rudy Pante, who is the water quality chemist responsible for testing contaminant levels in Metro Vancouver’s drinking water.
Rudy Pante is an accredited expert* in radiological monitoring whose professional career has involved international experience at various nuclear power plants. He will deliver this workshop which may include informed and insightful comments on hot topics such as:
- Have the long-lived radioisotopes from Fukushima (such as Cs-137, Co-60) been detected in B.C.and on the west coast of North America?
- Have they been detected in drinking water sources in 2011 & 2012?
- If they have been detected, why have major media and government regulators been silent about them?
- Why are there different isotope regulatory limits in USA, Canada, & Europe?
Although parts of this workshop will undoubtedly be quite technical, it will also cater to those of us who are bewildered by nuclear isotopes and radiological calculations. Rudy is a wealth of expertise with a strong social conscience. He says: ‘The more questions from attendees that I can answer, the “happier” I will be.’ However, he also adds that his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Metro Vancouver.
19 November 2012
10am – 12 noon
BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave
Room 141, SE14 (Library)
Methods of payment
Cheque payable to: Plaza & Pante Consultants
15062 60 Ave
Surrey BC, V3S 5X6
PayPal: Rudy Pante
e-pay RBC Royal Bank: Rudy will send number upon email inquiry
*Rudy Pante’s current position:
Water Quality Chemist, Water Quality Control Section-Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant & Coquitlam Ozonation Plant
Credentials: BS Chemistry & MS Chemistry-University of the Philippines-Diliman
Previous Work Experience:
Kelogg, Brown & Root
PNPP1 (Philippine Nuclear Power Plant)
PAEC (Philippine Atomic Energy Commission)
Westinghouse Advanced Reactor Centre, PA
Indian Point-3 Nuclear Power Plant, NY
CEGB (Central Electricity Generating Board), UK
Instructor: EOCP (Environmental Operators Certification Program)
Metro Vancouver is quite far along in a proposal to harness hydro power from our drinking water spillways at the Capilano reservoir’s Cleveland Dam and also at the Seymour reservoir. Although at first glance it might seem like a good idea, this plan introduces a new and potentially competing factor affecting the allocation of our local water supply.
The wisdom of this proposed endeavour is questionable given the growing risks of unpredictable climate change, environmentally intrusive construction, the involvement of private interests in a precious public asset, plus concerns about actual rather than theoretical economic viability.
Residents of Metro Van would care if they knew
The allocation and treatment of drinking water is a topic about which the public is increasingly concerned and passionate. However, residents of Metro Vancouver are virtually unaware of this proposal which was recently unanimously endorsed (September 2012) by the Board overseeing the project.
Earlier hydro power proposal shot down
This is not the first time hydro power generation from our water spills has been proposed. After serious consideration, a similar proposal was rejected some years ago.
Opportunity for public input poorly advertised
Metro Vancouver is required to consult with the public about this proposal. Appallingly, a ‘public consultation’ held on October 10, 2012 was attended by less than 50 members of the public. This was surely not an indication of lack of public interest. Rather, it indicates that ineffective and antiquated methods were used for announcing this opportunity for public input.
Can Metro Vancouver guarantee assurances against future private influence?
Current administrators of this project insist that Metro Vancouver will have complete control over the allocation of the waters involved in this project. However precedents indicate that initiating revenue-generating hydro power from these spillways could potentially open the door to future influence by private interests.
What you can do
This project is called the Joint Water Use Plan for the Capilano and Seymour watersheds (JWUP).
It has serious implications regarding the future use of our local water supplies and public funds.
Effective consultation with the public is needed.
You can find out more about it here.
You can tell Metro Vancouver what you think about this JWUP proposal here.