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.
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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.
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.
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