Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
______ jiilurdav, November M, 1970 THE LETHDRIDCE HCRALD 13 1 v Expansion by boosting industry New industries are launched and lagging business operations are helped to a profitable level through the professional guidance and the financial aid programs of the Alberta Commer- cial Corporation. The objective of this Crown Corporation is the strengthen- ing of the secondary industry base within the province. To accomplish this, a program of financial assistance and business management counselling is beamed on the manufacturing level, Specific emphasis is placed on small manufacturing operations. As an as- sistance program it tends to supple- ment conventional sources of funds end give guidance where this is not otherwise present. Through its flexibility, its skilled people and its availability of funds, the program today serves a much broader need than it did when first instituted in the 1930's, It was the first scheme of its kind in Canada. By actually buying and storing raw or finished inventory, A.C.C. often pro- vides the difference between success or failure to growing operations which get the benefit of savings through bulk buying and avoid holdups for lack of materials. Stockpiling of finished goods is also facilitated. To promote new installations and encourage expansion, financial aid is also available for equipment as well as land and buildings. The company's affairs are treated in confidence and guidance is given free of charge. The company pays only a moderate rate of interest against funds advanced. Sewage control to curb pollution Among the many necessary measures in narrowing the gap between pollu- tion prevention end control under- taken by the Department of Health, is the active supervision of all municipal sewage collection, treatment, and dis- posal systems in Alberta. The wide- ranging task-force carrying out anti- pollution work in this particular area is the division of Environmental Health Services, A major milestone is now in view. Only a few remaining links need finishing to complete a broad network of modern sewage treatment plants throughout the province. The indiv- idual jobs, all scheduled for comple- tion early in the coming year, will mean that all municipalities, including every city and town with a sewage system, will have proper treatment facilities installed to help prevent pollution of Alberta rivers and streams. In line with this major prn- .gram is the responsibility for ensuring that all systems are effectively operat- ed and maintained. A continuing mon- itoring process is involved. A course for plant operators is conducted by the division, along with voluntary registration and certification of opera- tors. Over 190 communities have had their operators attend the course. New anti- pollution moves made Armed with a broadened operating scope and a hard-nosed attitude reflec- ting public concern over the effects of pollution on the ecological balance in Alberta, field staff of the Oil and Gas Conservation Board are carrying out a crash program of inspection involving virtually every oil and gas installation in the province. The over-all powers of the Board were increased, early in July of this year, to include control of pollution in field and plant operations of the oil industry. Acting through regional offices located in four centres throughout the prov- ince, the board's supervisory staff are enforcing regulations pertaining to control of air pollution, control of soil and surface water pollution from drill- ing and production operations, the protection of fresh underground water, and protection from pollution in general from gas processing plants. Established in 1938, the Board's main function is to ensure the maximum oil ami gas recovery from pools through- out the province. Area offices are located at Edmonton, Red Deer, Black Diamond, and with head offices at 603 Sixth Avenue S.W., Calgary. Crop lures to prevent The Fish and Wildlife Division has completed the first phase of a three-year program to study various lure crop techniques designed to control depradation to cereal crops by waterfowl. This study, the only one of its kind in Canada, was undertaken by the Division after extensive study of crop damage patterns attributed to waterfowl. Working with the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Government, and Ducks Unlimited, this unique lure crop program is currently confined to the Grande Prairie and Beaverhill Lake areas directly in the flight path of the migrating birds. By feeding the ducks from prepared field lures and bait stations, a controlled number- and-species count can be made. It is hoped a significant lowering of crop damage will be achieved, as the well-fed birds proceed southbound. At one bait station over bushels of barley was spread on the ground. The Division also has a three-year study program underway in the Cold Lake area, to find out the type and age group nf bears doing damage not only to livestock but to beehives. As many as 200 black bears have been collared with tiny transistor radio units and their movements are being traced by air observers. It is hoped that informa- tion received from this study may be used in the future to assist in tha control of prcdation caused by black bears. Wabamun weeds task force target The preservation of Lake Wabamun as a major recreation resource is the objective of a task force appointed by 1he Conservation and Utilization Com- mittee of the Alberta government. Using the most sophisticated scientific methods, the force is seeking the cause of last summer's increased weed growth in order to recommend meth- ods of control. Ths commutes is charged with advis- ing on the care of Alberta's environ- ment, including the conservation, management, and utilization of natural resources; prevention and control of their pollution, and their preservation for aesthetic purposes. An inter-de- partmental committee, its members are drawn from the Alberta Depart- ments of Agriculture, Health, High- ways and Transport, Industry and Tourism, Lands and Forests, Mines and Minerals, and Municipal Affairs, as well as from the Oil and Gas Conserva- tion Board. Co-operation among de- partmental representatives enables the committee to act quickly and decisive- ly to establish programs designed to preserve and protect Alberta's natural resources. River basins studied in new approach By relating water and its use to the total resource base of the province, the Water Resources Division of the De- partment of Agriculture is today work- ing on two of the most imaginative and comprehensive studies ever under- taken by the government department. The approach is a co-ordinated move, guided by a full inter-departmental committee including all government agencies concerned with both physical and human resources. Outside agencies with specific interests in the projects are also involved. The over-all studies, made up from many contributing sources and serv- ices, are keyed to broad-bounded river basins. Each is programmed to focus squarely on the region's socio-econ- omic needs. A complete inventory is taken of all. resources within the watershed. The study further identifies all projects and alternatives needed along the system to meet trends within the specific basin. Input and output data is gathered to determine cost ratios, and an eventual dollar value is attached to developments. The two current studies involve the South Sask- atchewan River and the Sturgeon River basins. The concept can be applied to any drainage basin in future development planning. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SERVICES MOVE IN MANY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS fv fiHtlm War tt tht Cwrvntni Qmmmtat Publicity Burav, IS IS Cemenntil Building, Edmonton. Ailisrtt.