Environment

Clean Up Aldergrove will be picking litter on 200 Street this Sunday, Feb. 28. (Special to The Star)

Organizer of litter clean-up event in Langley looking for volunteers

Earth Ninja group will be tackling 200th Street on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Clean Up Aldergrove will be picking litter on 200 Street this Sunday, Feb. 28. (Special to The Star)
To prevent possible contamination of the Nicomekl River, Langley City crews lifted out this pedestrian bridge for sandblasting and refinishing (Photo by Steve Brown/Langley City)

Why a Langley City pedestrian bridge had to be removed altogether for repainting

Span located in an environmentally sensitive area will return

To prevent possible contamination of the Nicomekl River, Langley City crews lifted out this pedestrian bridge for sandblasting and refinishing (Photo by Steve Brown/Langley City)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Painful Truth: Where were our bold ideas during the pandemic?

Canada has a problem coming up with big ideas to deal with big problems

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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LETTER: Langley resident protests the destruction of ancient trees

Local letter writer calls on provincial government to better protect old growth forests

  • Feb 7, 2021
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Dave Melnychuk stands on the edge of Bertrand creek, talking to a group about the need for its care several years ago. (Special to The Star)

Bertrand Creek fish need help from Aldergrove residents

Local farmers say Environmental Farm Plan can help keep waterways like Bertrand Creek clean

Dave Melnychuk stands on the edge of Bertrand creek, talking to a group about the need for its care several years ago. (Special to The Star)
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GREEN BEAT: Langley first outside Vancouver to approve climate action plan

Just like with COVID, everyone needs to do its part to save the environment

  • Feb 1, 2021
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David Clements
As indicators of progress on the way to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, five “Big Moves” have been identified through the draft Climate Action Strategy. (Township screengrab)

Plan to fight climate change gets nod from Langley Township council

The plan looks ahead to 2050 and plans for a zero-carbon future

As indicators of progress on the way to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, five “Big Moves” have been identified through the draft Climate Action Strategy. (Township screengrab)
Jackie Hildering, whale researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society, and Nanaimo Area Land Trust will present the Return of Giants, a webinar about the humpback whales’ return from the brink of extinction and how boaters can help protect them. (Jackie Hildering/MERS photo taken under Marine Mammal License MML-42)

‘Return of the Giants:’ B.C. getting 2nd chance to coexist with humpback whales

‘Marine Detective’ partners with Nanaimo stewardship group on webinar

Jackie Hildering, whale researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society, and Nanaimo Area Land Trust will present the Return of Giants, a webinar about the humpback whales’ return from the brink of extinction and how boaters can help protect them. (Jackie Hildering/MERS photo taken under Marine Mammal License MML-42)
A Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) staffer wrestles with invasive ivy in Aldergrove along the Creekside Nature Trail by Bertrand Creek (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Battling invasive English ivy is hard work

Efforts to clear an Aldergrove trail of the plant is expected to take years

A Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) staffer wrestles with invasive ivy in Aldergrove along the Creekside Nature Trail by Bertrand Creek (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Mike Klotz and Carli Wyllie looked for birds in Murrayville on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. This year’s annual count was carried out under COVID-19 restrictions that limited the number of people on teams to those in each other’s “bubble,” like Klotz and Wyllie, or immediate family. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Counting birds from bubbles; how Langley volunteers managed the annual event

Coronavirus precautions limited the numbers of volunteers

Mike Klotz and Carli Wyllie looked for birds in Murrayville on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. This year’s annual count was carried out under COVID-19 restrictions that limited the number of people on teams to those in each other’s “bubble,” like Klotz and Wyllie, or immediate family. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The slide swamped the Southgate River, around 13 km downhill from the initial incident. Photo supplied by Hakai Institute.

VIDEO: Investigators probe Bute Inlet landslide in bid to understand glacial retreat

Hakai Institute looks into long-term effects of massive landslide on B.C.’s central coast

The slide swamped the Southgate River, around 13 km downhill from the initial incident. Photo supplied by Hakai Institute.
The on-site team deploys a boom curtain to contain the oil spill near Nootka Island. (Unified Command)

Sea otter, heron treated as team battles active oil slick off Vancouver Island

Animals found covered in oil, response team looking at rehabilitation options

The on-site team deploys a boom curtain to contain the oil spill near Nootka Island. (Unified Command)
A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)

GREEN BEAT: The salmon just keep swimming

When life’s fights seem too impossible to win, think of the perseverance of these fish

  • Dec 14, 2020
A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)
An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)

Active marine oil slick near Nootka Sound tied to historic 1968 Bligh Island shipwreck

Coast Guard, First Nations, province responding to a slick off northwestern Vancouver Island

An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
The BC Agricultural Research & Development Corp. can help farmers and ranchers look after waterways on their properties. (ARDCorp./Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley farmers get help to keep creeks healthy

A provincial agency works with farmers and ranchers, recently helping some on Bertrand Creek

The BC Agricultural Research & Development Corp. can help farmers and ranchers look after waterways on their properties. (ARDCorp./Special to the Langley Advance Times)
A salmon splashes in Langley’s West Munday Creek, thanks to the Township fixing five plugged culverts earlier this summer (Marlee St. Pierre/special to Langley Advance Times)
A salmon splashes in Langley’s West Munday Creek, thanks to the Township fixing five plugged culverts earlier this summer (Marlee St. Pierre/special to Langley Advance Times)
Ikea Canada is taking a sustainable approach to Black Friday this year. (Courtesy of Ikea)

Ikea will buy back your gently-used furniture this Black Friday

The furniture giant is flipping Black Friday on its head with a sustainable campaign

Ikea Canada is taking a sustainable approach to Black Friday this year. (Courtesy of Ikea)
Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) takes part in community events and projects, an offers programs to help residents learn about the environment. (Langley Advance Times)

LEPS and LAPS and AGMs on the calendar

Two community groups will be hosting their biggest meetings of the year virtually

Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) takes part in community events and projects, an offers programs to help residents learn about the environment. (Langley Advance Times)
Stephen Nicol, Langley Secondary science teacher, Amanda Smith, LEPS Agriculture Program coordinator, and Gary Jones, a Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation director and KPU faculty member have been involved in the new Learning Farm. (Nichole Marples/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley students already growing their knowledge at special learning garden

Langley Learning Farm project will teach high school students about agriculture and food security

Stephen Nicol, Langley Secondary science teacher, Amanda Smith, LEPS Agriculture Program coordinator, and Gary Jones, a Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation director and KPU faculty member have been involved in the new Learning Farm. (Nichole Marples/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Volunteers at work in 2018 pulling out blackberries in the West Creek Wetlands. A war against invasive blackberries in north east Langley is now in it’s sixth year (File)
Volunteers at work in 2018 pulling out blackberries in the West Creek Wetlands. A war against invasive blackberries in north east Langley is now in it’s sixth year (File)