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What is the community doing?

Stakeholders throughout Quesnel continue to take on initiatives that improve the long-term sustainability of the community. Quesnel's Environmental Advisory Committee commissioned a series of "success stories" that highlight some of these actions.

To submit your success story via e-mail, click here.

Public Transit

The City of Quesnel in partnership with BC Transit began fixed routes service April 2, 2001. This service expanded over the last 11 years and ridership has increased substantially – the first full year of service saw 28,390 riders and 2011 ended with 63,765 riders using the system. In 2001 service included 2 routes. A number of expansions and re-organization of routes has taken place over the last 10 years, today transit provides service on 3 routes.
In April 2007 the Nazko First Nation contracted with the City to provide weekly service to and from Nazko, each Wednesday the bus makes two trips to Nazko.
In January 2009 the District of Wells contracted with the City to provide weekly service to and from Wells, each Thursday the bus makes two trips to Wells. From June to September the bus stops at Cottonwood Historic House and Barkerville if riders want to go there for the day.
Both the Wells and Nazko partnerships have been very successful with growing ridership overall. These partnerships allow Wells and Nazko residents the ability to spend one day per week in Quesnel shopping, going to medical appointments or anything else they may be able to fit in.

QRP Wastewater Treatment

QRP began operation in 1981 producing 450 tonnes/day of unbleached thermochemical pulp. Over the years the mill developed new pulp grades and now produces mostly bleached-chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) for Asian and North American markets at a rate of 1100 tonnes/day. Following a mill expansion in 1987, the mill upgraded the wastewater treatment system to an anaerobic process. QRP was considered an early adopter of this process. In 2005 the ill decommissioned the anaerobic system and spent almost $10 million on a state of the art aerobic system developed in Sweden. To date this system has operated extremely reliably and operating costs have been reduced. The treatment system was the first of its kind to operate on BCTMP effluent in North America.

The Silva-gro Heat Exchange Project

Since 1997 QRP partnered with Silva-Gro Nursery to provide supplemental heat to the tree seedling nursery. A portion of wastewater passing by the greenhouses on the way to the Fraser River is valved to a bank of heat exchangers. The heat from the water is transferred to glycol which circulates in the nursery significantly reducing natural gas consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

What a flush of the toilet means

Sewage treatment systems rely on good micro-organisms to break down and treat sewage. For over 25 years the City of Quesnel, CRD , and Cariboo Pulp & Paper have combined efforts to treat approximately 100,000 m3/day of sewage and pulp mill wastes at Cariboo's effluent treatment system through biological action before it enters the Fraser River. An enriched culture of micro and macro organisms made up of 95% bacteria and 5% higher organisms such as protozoa, rotifers and higher invertebrates kick in and go to work eating organics in our waste water. These organisms under the correct pH, temperature and oxygen conditions will eat their way through tonnes of organics material every day. The partnership forged between Cariboo Pulp, the CRD, and City of Quesnel to accomplish this feat is only one of a handful through the country. Trust and co-operation from the citizens of Quesnel in what enters the sewage system is paramount in how effective this water can be treated and cleaned.

Quesnel's Community Garden

Imagine a garden. It's mid-August and the bountiful crop of peas and beans are begging to be picked. The squash and pumpkins are beginning to cure on the vine. The tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to be made into salsa and pickles. Daily, bags and bags of produce are taken to the Sally Ann kitchen and Seasons House.
This garden, the Quesnel Community Garden, located just behind Quesnel Junior Secondary School along the lane, was the brainchild of Maureen Trotter, and came into existence a mete 3 years ago. Through dedicated volunteer labour, some grant money and many generous donations from the community, it gradually developed. It was envisioned as a place where those without space or in need of food could come and grow their own and we are working towards that. It is already a productive, welcoming place where people can get good exercise, meet and chat with friends, contribute to their community, and enjoy the luscious organic produce.
Work bees are every Wednesday morning but member are there most days and are happy to answer questions. Questions? Call Ellen at 250-992-3721.

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