May 30, 2019
Niverville Wins National Municipal Environment Award
The Town of Niverville, MB has received national recognition for its Sewage Lagoon On-Site Phyto-remediation Project from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).
The Town was presented with the 2019 CAMA Environment Award, in the Under 20,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Quebec, QC.
“CAMA is pleased to recognize the excellent effort and best practice being demonstrated by Niverville in decommissioning a sewage lagoon that had reached the end of its life,” said Marc Landry, president of CAMA and City Manager for Moncton, NB. “This was the costly problem the Town faced in 2008, but they came up with an innovative solution.”
Closing the lagoon meant removing and disposing of its sludge, but Niverville was looking for a sustainable alternative to the traditional option of spreading it on farmlands. Staff from Native Plant Solutions (NPS) and the Town of Niverville came up with the idea to treat the sludge on-site using plants.
Since this form of bio-remediation had never been undertaken before, it required support from regulators in the Province of Manitoba. It was essential that the project be backed by science, so NPS partnered with the University of Manitoba and Ducks Unlimited Canada to research on-site remediation of sludge.
To date, the Province has decommissioned one cell of the lagoon, and another cell is continuing along its remediation trajectory. These sites can now be re-purposed for public use, eliminating the need to spread on farmlands, and reduce the risk of phosphorus loss to surface water. Other jurisdictions are now looking to Niverville as an example of an economical and environmental approach to lagoon decommissioning.
“We are extremely pleased with the quality and scope of the 35 award submissions received for this year’s CAMA Awards of Excellence,” said Louis Coutinho, Chair for the 2019 CAMA Awards Jury, CAMA representative for Nova Scotia & PEI, and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Windsor, NS. “Congratulations to the winners and all those who took the time to enter a submission.”
CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change. Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment. Since Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) is a national, non-profit association open to all Chief Administrative Officers / City Managers and any person employed in a senior management position that reports directly to a CAO. With a membership of over 650 senior municipal employees, from all parts of Canada, CAMA collectively represents more than 80% of the nation’s population. www.camacam.ca