Corporate profile

Aqua–Tex is a specialized company engaged in leading-edge integrated ecological site planning for water management, particularly rainwater.

Innovative urban design, focused on restorative ecology and mimicking nature’s closed-loop water and energy cycles, is our strength. We promote decision-making based on sound principles of aquatic ecology to enhance value, restore damaged ecosystems and build healthy, beautiful landscapes that rejuvenate their citizens. All our projects have at their heart the goal of maintaining aquatic ecosystems in proper functioning condition to ensure that they can continue to provide ecological and social values as part of a stable economy (triple-bottom line).

We design and build projects that are efficient, effective and affordable both for the owner and for the community. Smart development can provide both economic and ecological benefits and can enhance the communities in which we live and work. Our solid understanding of the science of freshwater ecology ensures that our projects go beyond looking green, and function properly in both the short and long-term. We believe in an integrated team approach to sustainable planning and design. We look for ways to meet the needs of all parties, to the greatest extent possible, in order to reduce costs caused by red-tape, delays and wasted effort and redirect that energy into creating value. We work closely with other professionals to ensure that our designs are integrated with other aspects of the project and we are continually seeking new ideas and approaches from across North America and around the world. Our support of graduate students ensures that our firm remains on the leading edge of new design practices and innovative strategies for integrated water management, sustainable green development and advances in freshwater ecological science.

Our most recent projects include an interdisciplinary Integrated Resource Management study that examined opportunities to integrate energy and water, and derive heat, energy and revenue from solid and liquid waste streams for communities at all scales. Our role at Dockside Green, the first LEED™ platinum community in the world, is to integrate rainwater capture with on-site sewage treatment and reclaimed water re-use, rebuild a stream on site and celebrate the role of water. This has enhanced value by putting water back into the forefront of design. We are also a member of the Southeast False Creek 2010 Vancouver Olympic Village design team where our focus is on minimizing stormwater by capturing rainwater and using it for toilet flushing and irrigation, thus reducing the pressure on Vancouver’s precious potable water supply. This lesson of “fit-for-purpose” water use is one we hope to showcase when the world’s athletes visit Vancouver in two years’ time. The senior staff of the company are serving as Special Advisors to the British Columbia Government on Water Policy and Green Cities Initiative programs, integrating these policies with the Climate Change Action Plan.

  • Presentations

    Some of our recent presentations include:

    March 29, 2015. BC Lake Stewardship Society. Lake keepers course. Stream ecology field trip. Colquitz River and Elk Lake. Saanich, BC.

    March 6, 2015. Alberta On-site Wastewater Management Association. Edmonton, AB.

    January 30, 2015. Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink – the death of stationarity. Canadian Water Resources Association Workshop: Extreme Westcoast: Geomorphology, hydrology and ecology of the aftermath of extreme events. Vancouver, BC.

    January 23, 2015. Changing the Conversation. Keynote address to Washington On-site Sewage Association. Tacoma, WA.

    June 21, 2014. Urban Design That Functions Like Forests. Cascadia Green Building Council Vancouver Island. Esquimalt Living Community Design Competion.
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    November 20-22 2013. Greenbuild Nation International Conference and Expo. Philadelphia, PA. Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. One of four presenters in “Innovative Governance for One Water: Research & Action Plan". Patrick Lucey - Presented with: Dale Manty (USEPA), Vic D’Amato (Tetra Tech Inc.), and Valerie Nelson (Water Alliance).

    July 28-31, 2013. Water Environment Federation/International Water Association. Nutrient Removal and Recovery: Trends in Resource Recovery and Use.  Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, B.C. Invited presentation.

    Feb 2013 Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association Convention (AOWMA). Edmonton, AB. “Securing the Future: Environment, Technology, and Economy” presentation.

    Oct 16-18 2012  28th Annual Onsite Water Protection Conference; Securing the Future: Environment, Technology, and Economy. Hickory, NC. North Carolina State University. "Smart, Clean and Green: The Financial Business Case for Integrated Design."

    Oct 22-23 2012  Sustainable Cape Cod. New Tools and Practices for Clean Water and Community Benefit, Hyannis, MA Sponsored by the Water Alliance, US EPA, Cape Cod Commission "The New Alchemy: Rethinking the Role of a Science and Research Imperative."

    June 14, 2010   WERF Federal Agency Briefing, Washington, DC

    Integration: A New Framework and Strategy for Water Management in Towns and Cities. With Water Environment Research Foundation

    June 4, 2010  Sustainable Building Seminar, Canada Pavillion, Shanghai Expo, ChinaPatrick Lucey - "Closed Loop Water and Energy Systems: Implementing Nature's Design in Cities of the Future" featuring the Vancouver Olympic Village with Roger Bayley, Scot Hein, Albert Bicol and Jessica McDonald

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  • We design and build projects that are efficient, effective and affordable both for the owner and for the community. Smart development can provide both economic and ecological benefits and can enhance the communities in which we live and work. Our solid understanding of the science of freshwater ecology ensures that our projects go beyond looking green, and function properly in both the short and long-term. We believe in an integrated team approach to sustainable planning and design.
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    - Cori L. Barraclough
    Freshwater Ecologist at Aqua-Tex