During the mid 1980's the public's environmental
awareness and concern was heightened by the increased awareness of such things as acid
rain and various industrial practices. As the public's environmental understanding grew
pressure was placed on companies and governments to act responsibly and find new
"green technologies" to supply power and deal with waste as well as implement
practices which would promote the sustainable development of our natural industries.
It was needs such as this that led to the construction of the Fundy Tidal Power Station
in 1984 and continues to today in such projects as the Bear River Solar Aquatics Treatment
Facility. The Western Valley Development Authority is working to help communities identify
alternative "green" solutions to current problems and practices. By helping to
identify, attract and implement innovative solutions and companies the Western valley
Development Authority is helping to protect the areas natural beauty and resources and
ensure their survival in the future.