"Wetlands could treat septage", Gulf Islands Driftwood, May 1, 2013
May 1, 2013
"Reed beds option for water treatment", Gulf Islands Driftwood, February 27, 2013
February 27, 2013
Large ground water withdrawals will soon be taxed
California Sewage Ban Creates Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) ships are now barred from discharging wastewaters into California’s coastal waters. California, long a leader on environmental issues, has banned the discharge of sewage from cruise ships and most other large vessels into the 2,000+ km of their coastline. Presently, about 22,000,000 US gallons (100,000,000 L) of “treated” sewage is discharged into their coastal waters every year.
February 13, 2012
Curt Kerns gives presentation at 2011 Osoyoos Water Science Forum
Curt Kerns gives presentation "The Value and Function of Natural and Constructed Wetlands" at the 2011 Osoyoos Water Science Forum.
September 20, 2011
Simple Steps Students (or anyone) Can Take To Help The Environment
The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) has just published an article about being green in college. Written by Alexandra Ries who is a NESC student intern for the fall semester and a graduating senior at West Virginia University, the article has several steps that college students—or anyone, for that matter—can take for the environment.
September 15, 2011
BC Hydro Selects VTF Constructed Wetland Technology
BC Hydro has chosen a Vegetative Tertiary Filter as a part of their Sewage Upgrade Project starting with the Cheakamus power generation plant located near Squamish, BC.
August 25, 2011
Nayadic Advanced Secondary Treatment Plant Receives CSA B-66 Certification
Under the authority of the Safety Codes Act, Chapter S-1 section 38(1).
“This is a variance to sentence 220.127.116.11.(2) of the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2009 regarding tanks used for Packaged Treatment Plants being certified as meeting the structural and material requirements of the CAN/CSA-B66 standard for the “Design, Material, and Manufacturing Requirements for Prefabricated Septic Tanks and Sewage Holding Tanks.” Based on engineered design and assessment provided in support of this variance and the adherence to CSA certification protocol applied to the manufacture of the tanks, the tanks manufactured by Consolidated Treatment Systems, inc. Ltd and used for the Nayadic M-Series wastewater treatment plants are considered to provide an equivalent level of safety with regard to structural sufficiency and water-tightness as intended by the Standard of Practice.”
August 11, 2011
Curt Kerns delivered a presentation on “Organic Material Soil Enrichment : Providing hydraulic functionality in situ for challenging sites” at the 13th Annual AOWMA Convention & Trade Show being held at the Capri Convention Center on January 20th to 22nd 2011 in Red Deer, Alberta. The abstract of the talk is presented in Curt’s View. WetlandsPacific Corp. will also have a booth, no. 4, at the tradeshow.
January 18, 2011
Curt Kerns, professional biologist in the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, had his qualifications accepted by the Administrator of Private Sewage Treatment Systems in the Public Safety Division, Safety Services for the purpose of designing private sewage systems in Alberta.
Join a group of sustainability professionals in the mid Vancouver Island area on a lively tour of unconventional sewage treatment technologies. On the tour we plan to see waterless toilets, constructed wetlands, a package treatment plant, and a solar aquatics system. Curt Kerns, designer of the constructed wetlands system, will be onsite for an in depth explanation of his system. Invitation
Second Patent issued on Vegetative Tertiary Filter
U.S. patent 7695620 was issued on April 13th, 2010. This is the second patent issued on the highly innovative and effective VTF. Invented by WetlandsPacific Corp. as the only passive wastewater treatment system that can remove contaminants down to non-detectable levels, which has been used to excellent advantage in Canada since 2002. While there have been active systems that would reduce contaminants to similarly low levels, they are typically capital, energy, and maintenance intensive. Whereas the VTF, which is price competitive with a much less effective sand mound, can be gravity fed, and requires minimal maintenance.
Curt Kerns elected to the WCOWMA BC Advisory Committee
Curt Kerns is one of six people elected to the Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association (WCOWMA) B.C. Advisory Committee. The election was held at the B.C. 2010 Convention and Trade Show in Kelowna, B.C.
WetlandsPacific Corp. Moves to New Headquarters
On November 4th, 2009 WetlandsPacific’s president, Curt Kerns formally announced the move to its new offices and yard in the Duke Point Industrial Park, located at 921 Maughan Road, Nanaimo, B.C. The property is zoned for heavy industry. The new area will allow WetlandsPacific Corp. to further develop innovative solutions to onsite wastewater issues.
Patent Issued on WetlandsPacific’s New Class of Constructed Wetland, the Vegetative Tertiary Filter.
U.S. patent 7407577, was issued to Curt Kerns, the president of WetlandsPacific Corp. on August 8th, 2008. The Canadian patent is pending. The new class of constructed wetland invented by Mr. Kerns is that of a Type 3+ capillary system. The VTF follow advanced secondary treatment in the Nayadic line of aerobic treatment plants. Peat, which can have 33,000 more surface area as coarse sand, provides the surface area for microbial community attachment. It is the microbes that remove contaminants down to non-detectable levels of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5). Fecal coliform bacteria are also reduced to non-detectable levels as well.