Our Impact | Grant Recipient Olds College Shares Findings from Phase 2 of their Floating Island Technology Project

Join us at a webinar hosted by Olds College showcasing their innovative floating island technology on Thursday, October 7 at 11 am.

Water contamination is a critical problem within agricultural, and urban areas across Alberta and Western Canada. Past research has proven that wetland plants are effective in capturing nutrients to effectively clean water while harvesting off the vegetation for other productive uses, such as compost for soil remediation, but there is a lack of critical information to successfully carry out water remediation using native Albertan wetland plants.

In 2018, the Foundation funded Phase 1 of this project, enabling researchers to fill the knowledge gap by quantifying the data related to the hyperaccumulation properties of native wetland plants. Learn more about those findings here.

In 2019, the Foundation funded Phase 2 of this project, testing the actual performance of native wetland plants and providing proof of concept by:

  • using plant data and proven floating island technology acquired from Phase 1
  • subjecting the plants to feedlot runoff water to prove their efficiencies and capabilities in remediating the runoff water from livestock feedlots so that the water can safely be reused for irrigation and livestock drinking water.

In this webinar, Remediation of Contaminated Water from a Livestock Farm Using Floating Island Technology and Native Wetland Plants, we’ll hear from the researchers at Olds College and the consultants at Tannas Conservation Services:

  • Joy Agnew - Associate VP of Applied Research, OCCI
  • Ike Edeogu - Manager, Crops & Environment Applied Research, OCCI
  • Steven Tannas - President, Tannas Conservation Services; Senior Vegetation/Wetland Ecologist, Rangeland and Reclamation Specialist; Lead Scientist: OCCI Wetland & Environmental Applied Research Program
  • Dan Karran – Faculty Instructor/Research Scientist, Werklund School of Agriculture Technology, Olds College

Watch the webinar recording to learn about the Phase II findings.

We are proud to invest in this impactful research for real estate professionals and consumers to support the creation of sustainable, efficient, and resilient technologies in Alberta.

From Street to Stream – Calgary Feb. 10, 2015

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish) and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership Society (ALIDP) invite you to attend our From Street to Stream ½-day workshop.

This collaborative project will weave together the story of cause-and-effect between land development and real-estate features and actions at the lot and neighbourhood level through to outcomes, impacts, and remedial actions for our streams and riparian areas—taking you From Street to Stream.

This initiative is sponsored by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, and the RBC Blue Water Project.


Is this event open to anyone?



Substitutions are fine. Please let us know who you are substituting for so we can keep an accurate count.


Parking is free, but limited, in the gravel lot immediately to the west of the Water Centre. Erlton is the closest LRT station.

I can’t make this workshop. Will this workshop be offered at another time or place?

Yes. We expect to offer this workshop in Lethbridge, Red Deer, Edmonton, and in the Battle River Watershed in February – dates are pending. If you are interested in hosting or attending this workshop at another time or location, please contact the organizer and let us know. We’d love to make it happen.



Thirty-Five sites will get naked during Doors Open Calgary

SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 – Many of Calgary’s most culturally and historically significant buildings are going to bare it all during Doors Open YYC – DO YYC Naked on September 29 and 30, 2012.

For these two days only, buildings in all quadrants of the city are opening their doors – free of charge – to the public and providing special revealing tours and experiences designed specifically for DO YYC Naked. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to find something close-by and memorable to experience. In some places, the sites are close enough together that you’ll be able to take in a few in a single day.

“This year is the perfect time to take a great event like Doors Open and do it in a way that is pure Calgary energy,” says board member for Doors Open YYC, Jeff Hessel of Tourism Calgary.

Arts lovers will find inspiration in sites like the National Music Centre, King Edward School, Atlantic Avenue Art Block and the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts.
History buffs will love sharing the experiences and stories of the Colonel Walker House, Deane House, Fort Calgary and will even get a chance to view rarely shared archives at the Lougheed House.

Sports enthusiasts will have a hard time choosing between taking in a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Olympic Oval or getting behind the scenes at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Kids will love to visit the Oliver Bowen LRV Facility where they can ride a C-Train car as it goes through the wash, the Nat Christie Centre where they can learn about the costumes of the Alberta Ballet and The Military Museums for the always loud and impressive cannon demonstrations.

For people who love to know how things work, there are special tours of the City of Calgary Victoria Park Bus Maintenance Facility and the Traffic Management Centre.
Environmentally minded Calgarians will be awed and inspired by tours of The City of Calgary Water Centre and the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre as well as the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness and the Energy Environment Experiential Learning building at the University of Calgary.

“As you can see, a lot of effort went into putting together an event that would have something for everyone and would showcase the architecture, culture, heritage and inner workings of our unique city” explains Joni Carroll, Doors Open YYC program manager.

Doors Open YYC will show you Calgary like you’ve never seen it before. For the full list of Doors Open YYC sites with details about accessibility, programming and a map to help visitors get the most out of the weekend, visit doyycnaked.com

You can see a full listing of the sites by going here.