South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert speaks during a business info session Nov. 17.

South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert speaks during a business info session Nov. 17.

White Rock business gets $238,000 grant

South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert announced a $238,000 grant for FSR Fluvial Systems Research Inc.

A White Rock business has been awarded a government contract worth more than $238,000.

South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert announced the funds for FSR Fluvial Systems Research Inc. Nov. 17, during a business information session at the White Rock Community Centre.

FSR provides river analysis, assessment and management.

Hiebert said the government – through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program – has purchased the company’s software, which “uses optical remote sensing to examine natural and infrastructure-related river features to evaluate flood risks or erosion hazards.”

“The federal government, through CICP, awards contracts for the purchase of new technology, and then utilizes it in real-world situations,” said Hiebert.

“As we all know, B.C. has had its share of dangerous and costly flooding lately – in the Shuswap, North Okanagan and Kootenay regions, for example. FSR Fluvial Systems Research’s innovation will help us improve the safety of our infrastructure by predicting future risks and hazards.”