3301 Results for Great Lakes

Economists from Oregon State University have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a direct, positive impact on their local water quality. The study, Private provision of public goods by environmental groups, was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is the first…

October 17, 2018 @ 11:18am

Last week, Dehcho First Nations and the Government of Canada announced the first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in Canada, the Edéhzhíe Protected Area. The Dehcho First Nations Assembly designated the Edéhzhíe Protected Area will protect water, conserve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and ensure that the Dehcho Dene relationship with the…

October 17, 2018 @ 10:54am

The Manitoba government has modified enforcement efforts aimed at ensuring boaters and watercraft users follow all required steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). “We know that Manitobans support our effort to prevent the spread of AIS, and most boaters are responsible about following the steps to…

October 17, 2018 @ 9:48am

Installation proceeds on a $95-million upgrade of Canada’s weather-forecasting infrastructure, with the completion of a new radar system in Blainville, Quebec. Improved prediction of weather-related events and emergencies, many exacerbated by climate change, will help communities better prepare for outcomes, such as flooding. “As our climate changes, we will see…

October 16, 2018 @ 11:17am

For Waste Reduction Week, the Government of Manitoba is emphasizing the importance of proper disposal of oil and the impacts of improper disposal on water. Manitoba has confirmed approval of the stewardship program plan for the continued collection and recycling of used oil and oil containers, filters and antifreeze, Sustainable…

October 16, 2018 @ 10:34am

Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. has announced that it will open an environmental services office in Kitimat, British Columbia on October 17th. The expansion follows on the recent announcement of Sanexen’s receipt of support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Madeleine Paquin, C. M., president and CEO of LOGISTEC Corporation, Sanexen’s parent…

October 16, 2018 @ 9:26am

The federal government continues to move forward on addressing plastic pollution, providing a report on its public consultation from April 22nd to September 21st, 2018. Canadians shared their views under the topic theme: Moving Canada Toward Zero Plastic Waste. The government received over 1,900 comments and emails and 12,000 campaign letters. Initial…

October 15, 2018 @ 11:59am

Today, the province of Nova Scotia announced support for water and wastewater projects in ten communities through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program. “Access to safe drinking water and wastewater treatment are vital for strong, healthy communities,” said MLA Keith Irving on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter. “This funding…

October 15, 2018 @ 11:13am

At the Water Excellence ceremony held by Réseau Environnement, the City of Beaconsfield, Quebec was awarded a certificate of recognition for its various initiatives relating to conserving drinking water, as part of Réseau Environnement's Municipalité Écon'eau program. The annual Water Management Symposium that took place on October 10th and 11th aimed to promote the…

October 15, 2018 @ 10:42am

The City of Cambridge, Ontario will be launching a project to install new smart technology into residential and commercial water meters throughout the city. Phase 1 of the project will see the replacement or retrofit of 1,283 meters in the areas of West Preston and West Galt. The new smart…

October 15, 2018 @ 10:24am

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) made a string of announcements this week, which included two conservation initiatives that will protect Canadian water. Together, the NCC and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced the protection of 93 hectares and 2.5 kilometres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline and coastal wetland near Brighton,…

October 12, 2018 @ 11:07am

A new large-scale hydroeconomic model has been developed by the Water Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). The model will allow researchers to study water systems across the entirety of continents, examining supply and water management impacts and their intersection with energy and agriculture. Taher Kahil,…

October 12, 2018 @ 10:41am

This week, IBI Group, a global design and technology firm with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, launched BlueIQ, a real-time software solution for water utilities. Using predictive analytics to determine the most cost effective and energy efficient way for urban water utilities to operate their water distribution systems, BlueIQ has demonstrated…

October 12, 2018 @ 9:15am

Yesterday, the federal government announced support for 58 EcoAction Community Funding Programs to help support local action on climate change and water conservation. Announced by federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, $4.3 million will be directed to projects across Canada. Included in the funding is $100,000 for…

October 12, 2018 @ 8:52am

With the release of the latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday, scientists’ warnings about the impacts of unmitigated climate change have reached a new level of urgency. It has been emphasized that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require rapid, far-reaching…

October 10, 2018 @ 10:46am

The federal and provincial governments are investing in water infrastructure in southern Saskatchewan. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Warren Kaeding, Minister of Government Relations, announced more than $20 million in federal-provincial funding to upgrade electrical systems at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. “These…

October 10, 2018 @ 9:48am

Two sandstone reefs installed by the Prince Edward Island government along the Souris causeway are having their intended effect. The offshore breakwaters, or intertidal reefs, are designed to protect the causeway—the main route into town—and the picturesque shoreline from the punishing effects of climate change and storm surge events. Souris…

October 09, 2018 @ 10:58am

A delegation from the State of Sarawak, Malaysia visited Ontario last week, engaging with the University of Waterloo’s the Water Institute, as part of its efforts to support work routing water from its remote regions into its cities. To support the initiative, the delegation of officials, headed by Chief Minister Datuk…

October 09, 2018 @ 10:44am

A study led by researchers at Université de Montréal has quantified the maximum amount of phosphorus that can accumulate in a watershed before additional pollution is discharged into downriver ecosystems. The calculated average threshold is 2.1 tonnes per square kilometre of land, the researchers estimated in their study, Low buffering capacity…

October 09, 2018 @ 9:40am

Lystek International has announced that it has commissioned the installment of its low temperature Thermal Hydrolysis Process at the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as part of the city’s Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NR2) Project. “The Lystek system is a key element in the NR2 project and, together with St. Cloud and…

October 05, 2018 @ 11:39am

Chief Wilbert Marshall of Potlotek First Nation and Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, have announced that construction is underway on a new water treatment plant for the community. The new water treatment plant will provide clean, safe drinking water in homes and buildings on reserve and will effectively treat iron and…

October 05, 2018 @ 11:18am

The president of International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), Michael R. Twiss, PhD., has responded to a change in the structure of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s grants programs. In Budget 2018, it was proposed that several NSERC funding streams would be consolidated into a…

October 05, 2018 @ 10:28am

Peter Huck, a civil and environmental engineering professor and industrial research chair in water treatment, was recently awarded more than $3 million to continue his research program at the University of Waterloo. As part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair (IRC) program,…

October 05, 2018 @ 9:48am

A report from the World Economic Forum last month has provided a road map for the future of the blue economy. Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Water identifies challenges to water and looks for solutions in emergent technologies and their applications. The report examines how Internet of Things (IoT),…

October 04, 2018 @ 12:11pm

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will fund fourteen new cleantech companies across Canada, including two ventures with direct impact on Canadian water resources, Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. and Semios. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $58.6 million in funding to 14 Canadian clean technology companies. “Our…

October 04, 2018 @ 10:29am

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan agreed to a ten-year infrastructure funding plan, providing $416,334,673 for green infrastructure. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Gordon Wyant, Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds, were joined by the Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Warren Kaeding, Minister…

October 04, 2018 @ 9:57am

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board has completed a land acquisition initiative that will help protect water quality in Comox Lake. An 18-hectare parcel of land located at the east end of the lake was purchased from the Comox Lake Land Corporation for just over $2 million. The land…

October 03, 2018 @ 10:30am

Indigenous Services Canada has released an update on its progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories on reserve among First Nation communities. “I am pleased to share more progress on our government's commitment to lifting all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve,” said Minister of Indigenous Services,…

October 03, 2018 @ 10:14am

Vancouver-based Carl Data Solutions Inc. has announced the official launch of a new application for the wastewater management industry. Infinitii I&I uses machine learning to provide on-going, real-time analysis of sewer systems. Infinitii I&I is being piloted by several municipalities to help them understand when and where groundwater and stormwater are…

October 03, 2018 @ 9:49am

Progress continues on Melville, Saskatchewan’s new water infrastructure project, which will serve about 6,000 people in the area when fully operational. The new water treatment plant will connect to the project’s water supply phase, which was funded in part by the federal and provincial governments. “It’s great to see work…

October 02, 2018 @ 10:06am

Ostara has announced two new projects, providing a nutrient recovery system to the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a Nutrient Recovery Facility in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant serves a population equivalent of more than 2.5 million people in the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The plant’s…

October 02, 2018 @ 9:41am

The Great Waters Challenge is officially re-launching in British Columbia. The challenge is a province-wide program for youth that facilitates school teams in planning and hosting water celebrations and days of action. From traditional Indigenous knowledge to scientific discoveries, youth will showcase diverse stories about water to a broader audience…

October 02, 2018 @ 9:23am

Saltworks Technologies has announced the opening of their China headquarters at the International Water Hub (IWH), in Nanjing China. Saltworks’ innovative products were initially supported by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), and the company took much pride in participating in a signing ceremony as…

October 01, 2018 @ 11:42am

On October 10th, 2016, many homeowners in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) were impacted by a historic storm that dropped over 225 millimetres of rain. The consequent flood of homes and property left many residents across the region vulnerable and strained to recover. As part of the government’s ongoing efforts…

October 01, 2018 @ 11:13am

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) board of directors has announced that Tanja McQueen, MBA, ICD.D, has been elected to the role of board chair, succeeding Rick VanSant, ICD.D, who remains an active director and becomes vice chair. McQueen joined the board in 2016, drawing on experience in business leadership…

October 01, 2018 @ 10:39am

A new Alouette River Ecosystem Partnership (AREP) has been created. The partners aim to build constructive outcomes with BC Hydro and the provincial government, with the ultimate goal of restoring salmon runs and repairing ecosystem damage created by the damming and alteration of the Alouette River on the traditional lands…

October 01, 2018 @ 9:58am

Yesterday, the Auditor General of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, released a special report on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), detailing a number of substantial operational issues at the organization. Resulting from mounting concerns and criticism of the NPCA, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts of the Legislative Assembly asked the…

September 28, 2018 @ 11:58am

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) first vice president Bill Karsten issued a statement on September 27th following FCM's appearance before the Standing Committee on Finance as part of the federal government's pre-budget consultations. In the statement, Karsten calls for a new model of federal-municipal relations that moves beyond established patterns…

September 28, 2018 @ 10:36am

Ahead of 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Parties have released a report on the state of the world’s wetlands, bringing attention to the rapid disappearance of these vital ecosystems. Wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. Unabated, this…

September 28, 2018 @ 9:49am

Yesterday, during the week of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced that Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, will lead an initiative that will support a global mobilization of private capital in response to the challenge of climate change. The Climate Finance Leadership Initiative will work to fulfill the private financing objectives included in the…

September 27, 2018 @ 12:49pm

A new report from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada examines the high-growth potential of the country’s cleantech sector. In a new model of collaboration with the Government of Canada, industry leaders from six sectors with high-growth potential represented by the Economic Strategy Tables have proposed an ambitious roadmap to…

September 27, 2018 @ 11:16am

Scientists at New York’s Cornell University have developed a method to rapidly detect the presence of E. coli in drinking water by deploying a bacteriophage. This new test can be administered locally to obtain answers within hours, according to new research published by The Royal Society of Chemistry. “Drinking water…

September 27, 2018 @ 10:38am

Introduced on September 25th, Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Charter under Bill 58 will require Nova Scotia municipalities to plan for the efficient use of land within their boundaries. Under the new amendments, municipalities will be required to create land use plans to meet specific…

September 26, 2018 @ 11:40am

Yesterday, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, released a report on climate action in Ontario, which provides evidence of the impacts a warming climate has on provincial waters, and calls the province's new climate law "much too weak." With the release, Saxe said that the province must have a…

September 26, 2018 @ 10:52am

The City of White Rock, British Columbia celebrated a milestone event with representatives from the governments of Canada and British Columbia in regards to the construction progress of the city’s Water Treatment Plant, funded through the Clean Water & Wastewater Fund (CWWF). In 2017, the White Rock was awarded nearly…

September 26, 2018 @ 9:48am

A new report released today shows that every federal dollar spent in the United States on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects from the program’s launch in 2010 through 2016 will produce a further $3.35 of economic activity in the Great Lakes region through 2036. “This study describes what we…

September 25, 2018 @ 10:31am

With full funding for the project confirmed, the Cold Lake Regional Utility Services Commission (RUSC) is set to award the contracts for the Bonnyville, Alberta water line in the coming days. The $84-million project will see a water transmission line constructed from the City of Cold Lake to the Town…

September 25, 2018 @ 9:51am

Yesterday, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that Canada will contribute $20 million to the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) to establish Toronto as the centre of its North American operations. “The Global Infrastructure Hub is helping deliver transformative infrastructure projects and creating good, middle class jobs around the world,”…

September 25, 2018 @ 9:07am

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has worked with Melbourne, Ontario to implement improved water quality management through wetlands to hold and filter water from the surrounding farm fields at the site of a new municipal drain. The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, Ontario NativeScape, and DUC are capturing water in an engineered wetland from…

September 24, 2018 @ 11:47am

Earlier this month, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry issued this notice to inform the public of a comment period being held by the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body), regarding the Agreement signed by the Great Lakes Premiers and Governors in 2005.…

September 24, 2018 @ 10:41am

Vancouver-based Micron Waste Technologies Inc., a developer of waste digesters for food and cannabis waste, has reported positive results from the optimization of the Cannavore™ cannabis waste processing units with Aurora Cannabis Inc. The technology will help drive a closed-loop approach to the emerging Canadian industry and help conserve water…

September 24, 2018 @ 9:49am

Last week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners announced the creation of a new 3,170-hectare protected area in northwestern Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior. Black Bay is NCC’s largest conservation project on the north shore of Lake Superior. The protected area includes more than 1,300…

September 21, 2018 @ 11:08am

The federal government is leveraging procurement to drive sustainable innovation in Canada’s small businesses to help tackle plastic pollution. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, government departments are inviting small businesses to come up with innovative solutions in response to specific challenges they face. "Small businesses form an important pillar…

September 21, 2018 @ 10:55am

Montreal-based Ovivo Inc., a global provider of water and wastewater treatment equipment, technology and systems, has announced the acquisition of FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corp. and its subsidiaries (FilterBoxx). Based in Alberta, Canada, FilterBoxx is a leader in the design and supply of modular water and wastewater solutions for a wide…

September 21, 2018 @ 10:04am

Dr. Emily Moore has been named the next director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), effective October 1st, 2018. Moore was also appointed to a five-year term as an associate professor in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP). Moore has…

September 21, 2018 @ 9:26am

Today, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium hosted an event to showcase the success of 35 companies under its Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program. Launched in 2016 with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the AWT program has committed more than $10 million to 60…

September 20, 2018 @ 1:25pm

Saint John’s Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project has earned the title of 2018 Project of the Year from the Atlantic Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA). The award recognizes outstanding engineering or environmental projects in Atlantic Canada that demonstrate innovation and state-of-the-art technology in water or wastewater projects. It was…

September 20, 2018 @ 10:49am

The Alberta Land Trust Grant Program has approved more than $7 million to support 24 different projects for the 2017–18 grant cycle, supporting grants that protect watersheds and wildlife habitats on private land and help keep ranchlands intact. “I’m proud of our government’s work to conserve Alberta’s incredible landscapes. We…

September 20, 2018 @ 9:48am

Horse Lake First Nation has celebrated the grand opening of a new water treatment system, which came online in May 2018 after nearly three years of construction. Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Horse Lake First Nation on the opening of their new system. The new water treatment system…

September 20, 2018 @ 9:20am

The Government of Nova Scotia is helping residents affected by the water shortages in the southwest of the province. The Emergency Management Office has been working with the municipalities of Argyle, Barrington, and Yarmouth for several months to make sure residents with dry wells have access to drinking water. "With…

September 19, 2018 @ 11:18am

Vancouver-based Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc. has announced its partnership with the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management to install and operate a nutrient recovery facility at the R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center (WRC), delivered under a design-build agreement and financed through an operating lease model. “We are very…

September 19, 2018 @ 10:33am

Yesterday, The Gordon Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada, the Atlantic Water Network, and Royal Bank of Canada presented the blockchain integrated Atlantic DataStream, a major step forward in delivering a common and secure platform for water quality data sharing. “Atlantic DataStream is the missing piece of the puzzle to water-data…

September 19, 2018 @ 10:11am

Peterborough, Ontario's Rainmaker Worldwide today announced that it has shipped its initial Water-to-Water unit, valued at $100,000 USD, to its distributor in Jamaica. Drops Jamaica, the exclusive distributor of Rainmaker Worldwide products, has an extensive presence in Ocho Rios and has developed strategic partnerships with some of the biggest companies…

September 18, 2018 @ 12:19pm

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans, impacting oxygen levels in the St. Lawrence Seaway, according to new research. The new study led by the University of Washington, Rapid coastal deoxygenation due to ocean circulation shift in the…

September 18, 2018 @ 11:44am

B.C.’s the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) has joined Operators Without Borders as a founding partner. At its inaugural tradeshow and conference, the EOCP announced its support for Operators Without Borders. As part of the launch, a lunchtime presentation was made that resulted in fourteen Operators signing up. Along with…

September 18, 2018 @ 10:25am

A new Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) report urges communities to consider green infrastructure to limit their flood risk. IBC collaborated with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in this latest insurance industry initiative to help communities address their economic…

September 18, 2018 @ 9:44am

Last Friday in Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador, representatives from Grieg NL officially launched the company’s $250-million aquaculture project in Placentia Bay with support from both the provincial and federal governments. The launch followed the project’s release from a comprehensive environmental assessment process, which included more than 15 conditions to ensure…

September 17, 2018 @ 10:05am

The Government of Manitoba has acted to help livestock producers who have been affected by dry conditions across, broadening the scope of provincial support for water management practices and equipment. “Manitoba Agriculture supports our livestock sector across the province, and we recognize that many areas are feeling the effects of…

September 17, 2018 @ 9:50am

Three neighbourhoods in Saint John, New Brunswick will increase their numbers of trees and shrubs to help manage stormwater. Saint John and the non-profit, environmental consultant ACAP Saint John are partners behind the planting. The city was the recipient of a $20,000 Environmental Trust Fund Grant from the Province of…

September 17, 2018 @ 9:29am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced new financing streams under the Investing in Canada program to support rural and northern communities and community, culture, and recreation in the province. The Rural and Northern Communities fund will ensure the needs of British Columbia’s small, rural and remote communities…

September 13, 2018 @ 11:44am

New opinion data finds that long-term water management is top of mind for many British Columbians. The findings are published in the 2018 BC Water Polling Report. Therein, it's reported that 87 per cent of respondents believe the province will face a serious problem if nothing is done to improve the…

September 13, 2018 @ 9:30am

Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are studying ways to harness electricity generated by a unique set of microbes, with compelling applications for wastewater. “We’re studying the electric eels of the microbial world,” said Navanietha Krishnaraj, Ph.D., a research scientist in the Chemical and Biological Engineering…

September 13, 2018 @ 9:00am

World Wildlife Fund Canada has released a new report on watershed health in the Pacific Coastal basin, finding the overall health of the basin to be good. The report is an update to the initial launch of WWF-Canada’s summer 2017 Watershed Reports. At that time, an overall health score for…

September 12, 2018 @ 11:10am

The Small Communities Fund will support 46 infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan, the majority of which are focused on water and wastewater systems. Announced by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Warren Kaeding, Minister of Government Relations, more than $53.9 million in joint federal-provincial funding will be made available…

September 12, 2018 @ 10:30am

Clearford Water Systems Inc. announced today that it has signed a contract to supply a wastewater treatment facility for the new one-million-square-foot YOW1 warehouse that will be constructed in Ottawa's east end on Boundary Road near Highway 417. The Ottawa-based company will design and build an advanced membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment plant to…

September 12, 2018 @ 10:02am

Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced over $2 million for 41 new initiatives in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP). Announced by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May…

September 11, 2018 @ 11:35am

Last Friday, community members celebrated the completion of a multi-year upgrade project for the Arrow Creek Water System. The event, hosted by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), provided guests with the chance to learn about the history of the local water system, which was originally constructed in 1929.…

September 11, 2018 @ 10:34am

This week, the governments of Canada, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon have announced investments in water infrastructure for the territories. Federal, provincial, and municipal representatives announced joint funding for the completion of a six-bay water and sewer truck garage in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories, improvements to the Dawson, Yukon’s water…

September 11, 2018 @ 10:03am

On August 8th, a thunderstorm produced 72 millimeters of rain over Toronto, with 51 millimeters falling in just one hour. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released information that the rainfall, which caused extensive flooding across western and central parts of the city, resulted in over $80 million in…

September 10, 2018 @ 10:33am

Today, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, Derek Bennett, Member of the House of Assembly for Lewisporte–Twillingate, and Maisie Clark, Mayor of Campbellton, announced more than $6.6 million in joint support for road, water, and wastewater improvements in thirteen municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador. “By investing…

September 10, 2018 @ 9:28am

The federal government has shared the latest results in its efforts to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on Indigenous reserve by March 2021. For the month of August 2018, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, provided the following update as part of the department's monthly report…

September 10, 2018 @ 9:26am

Dr. Michael Paterson, Gail Asper, and family have just announced that they will match, dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million of donations of money raised for the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA)—the world’s freshwater laboratory. The donation was announced as part of the 50-year anniversary celebration of the ELA and will…

September 07, 2018 @ 12:51pm

The cholera-causing bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, is commonly found in aquatic environments, such as oceans, ponds, and rivers. There, the bacterium has evolved formidable skills to ensure its survival, growth, and occasional transmission to humans, especially in endemic areas of the globe. One of the ways the pathogen defends itself against predatory…

September 06, 2018 @ 11:47am

Ecological surveys of biodiversity provide fundamental baseline information on species occurrence and the health of an ecosystem, but can require significant labour and taxonomic expertise to conduct. However, as the cost of high-throughput DNA sequencing has plummeted in recent years, DNA from environmental samples (eDNA) has emerged as a cost-effective…

September 06, 2018 @ 10:55am

The City of Toronto is working with local Indigenous community to develop the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE). The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to build businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives, or cooperatives. The overall vision is to…

September 06, 2018 @ 8:47am

A group of commercial marine shipping carriers and their agents have proposed voluntary protective measures for Southern Resident Killer Whales on Canada's West Coast in the hopes of avoiding additional regulations, while a group of conservation groups takes aim at the federal government. For the past three years, the Chamber…

September 05, 2018 @ 4:04pm

Keith Strachan, general manager of Wolseley Canada Western Region today announced the acquisition of James Electric Motor Services Ltd., a market leader in the sale of pumps, motors, and blowers in Western Canada. Located in Calgary, James Electric has generated a consistent and robust performance over the years due to…

September 05, 2018 @ 3:30pm

A group of four swimmers are preparing to complete a series of 10 swims in locations across Lake Erie, all in a span of 24 hours this weekend. Their first swim will be in the Detroit River, out to Peche Island and back, beginning at sunrise on Saturday, September 8,…

September 05, 2018 @ 2:53pm

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released its annual report highlighting the positive environmental impacts the Green Municipal Fund has achieved in communities across the country. Areas, where the GMF has demonstrated return on investment, include spuring innovation in water and wastewater infrastructure assets, bolstering unique funding models for infrastructure…

September 05, 2018 @ 9:25am

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has announced that she will invest eight Officers and 31 Members into the Order of Canada on Thursday at Rideau Hall, including two recipients who work in water and infrastructure arenas. The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest honours. Among those to receive the honour were:…

September 04, 2018 @ 5:22pm

The Royal Canadian Mint, with the help of Mint engraver Matt Bowen, have announced the release a new 2018 $250 Fine Silver Coin that celebrates Canadian Voyageurs and river travel. The coin represents the time in Canadian history when, fur traders would travel via waterways and the vehicle was the canoe, designed and perfected by…

September 04, 2018 @ 12:44pm

Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey, a dedicated champion of conservation, passed away in January 2018. The Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Board of Directors voted to name a new 26-hectare waterfront conservation area in Mississauga’s in his memory. As such, the Lakeview community, currently known as the Lakeview Waterfront Connection, will be named…

September 04, 2018 @ 10:36am

Federal and municipal officials gathered in North Vancouver to celebrate the start of construction of the $700-million North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant is a new facility that will replace the existing primary Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is more than 50 years old. New federal regulations require…

August 31, 2018 @ 3:04pm

New asset management regulations and guidelines are constantly being released in Canada, but there is little information on how municipalities are implementing these practices. To address this knowledge gap, a research team from the University of Waterloo have developed an Asset Management Readiness survey to better understand and benchmark the current…

August 31, 2018 @ 12:00pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced changes to the parliamentary secretaries. The parliamentary secretaries included in the announcement are either newly appointed, taking on new responsibilities, or staying in their current portfolio, effective on August 31. The changes include a new face for the infrastructure, environment, and small business and export,…

August 31, 2018 @ 11:15am

University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from stormwater, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. Using a mineral-coated sand that reacts with and destroys organic pollutants,…

August 31, 2018 @ 9:55am

The President of the United States of America has announced his intention to nominate three individuals to be the U.S. commissioners on the International Joint Commission (IJC). The U.S. administration has named Jane L. Corwin of New York, Robert C. Sisson of Michigan, and Lance V. Yohe of North Dakota…

August 30, 2018 @ 10:48am

The Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) announced that two new members have joined its board of directors. The fifteen-member board named Bonnie Clark and Michael Mortimer to positions during its Annual General Meeting in Barrie, Ontario, earlier this month. “We are honoured and pleased to welcome our new members,” said…

August 30, 2018 @ 9:40am

Vancouver-based Acuva Technologies Inc, a provider of UV-LED drinking water purification technology with products for OEM appliance integration as well as systems for home, cottage, marine, and recreation vehicles, recently became the first in this sector to receive NSF/ANSI 55 Class B Certification. Acuva’s Eco 1.5 is the first and only…

August 30, 2018 @ 8:18am

The team at Water Canada and Actual Media would like to announce that after three wonderful years, Katherine Balpataky will be leaving her role as editor of Water Canada for a new position as director of corporate partnerships and business development with ALUS Canada—a Weston Family Initiative focused on increasing…

August 29, 2018 @ 1:17pm

A WWF report published this week highlights the capacity of healthy rivers to help mitigate flooding disasters, but it warns that the ecosystem services of rivers could be lost if they continue to be undervalued and overlooked. The Valuing Rivers report, released in time with the opening of World Water Week in…

August 29, 2018 @ 11:27am

Companies operating in areas with water stress have an urgent responsibility to track their impacts, to make informed decisions that trigger meaningful action and the cornerstone of effective water management is to know one’s impacts. As a response to the water crisis and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,…

August 29, 2018 @ 10:46am

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that Brent Gilmour has accepted a new role of chief commercial officer (CCO). As part of the senior management team, Gilmour will provide direction for market-facing programs and initiatives that will drive the demand for high-performance, healthy green buildings in Canada. Formerly, the…

August 28, 2018 @ 11:49am

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed this week by the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO), Township of Spallumcheen, and Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) that will help the jurisdictions move toward construction of a wastewater recovery system. The system would serve residents and businesses in the proposed service area,…

August 28, 2018 @ 9:33am

Yesterday, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, visited Kehewin Cree Nation and congratulated Chief Brenda Vanguard and the entire community on the official sod turning for their new water treatment system. “I thank the current Liberal government, for their…

August 28, 2018 @ 8:55am

The Government of Canada has released its first dataset under Canada's Core Public Infrastructure (CCPI) survey in an effort to build its public infrastructure knowledge base. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the release of the data. The survey was a commitment made in Budget 2016 to support…

August 27, 2018 @ 3:00pm

The Government of Canada has announced new funding to protect and improve the health of freshwater ecosystems in the St. Lawrence River. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced a federal investment of $592,000 for five new multi-year projects, as part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan's Community Interaction Program. This funding program encourages…

August 27, 2018 @ 11:41am

Recovery work continues for a Manitoba First Nation after catastrophic flooding in 2011. Canada, Manitoba, and Lake St. Martin First Nation have reached another milestone this summer, completing reconstruction of housing and nearing the completion of a school facility, with a combined cost of nearly $70 million. Last week, Jane…

August 27, 2018 @ 10:56am

Guelph, Ontario-based insurance and investment co-operative, The Co-operators Group Limited, has announced that Comprehensive Water, which includes overland flood damage coverage, is now available to homeowners in Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. The coverage provides protection from storm surge, overflowing lakes, rivers and creeks, and sewer or septic backup. Driven by the increase in extreme…

August 27, 2018 @ 10:00am

A new brief from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called for an acceleration of the scope, activity, and framing of water stewardship that leverages risk to create a narrative of value creation. Water stewardship remains a critical concept for companies and investors to embrace and implement, but one that is…

August 24, 2018 @ 11:41am

With new funding announced through the federal Gas Tax Fund, Newfoundland and Labrador has committed substantial funding to infrastructure programs in August, announcing support for a number of water and wastewater projects. The Federal Government has delivered the first of two $16.4-million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund…

August 24, 2018 @ 9:56am

Researchers are developing a lightweight, battery-powered freshwater harvester that could someday take as much as 37 Litres per hour from the air, even in arid locations. The researchers have stated that their nanofiber-based method could help address modern water shortages due to climate change, industrial pollution, droughts, and groundwater depletion.…

August 23, 2018 @ 11:48am

In early August, Selkirk First Nation, Minto Explorations Ltd., and the Government of Yukon released the Minto Mine Socio-Economic Monitoring Program’s 2015 Annual Report. According to the report’s executive summary, “the purpose of this report is to determine if, and how, the activities of the Minto Mine may be affecting…

August 23, 2018 @ 10:28am

The Ontario government has announced a $5-million investment in a watershed conservation and management initiative to better identify risks and issues facing the Muskoka Region. The government has also said it will match tax-deductible donations from people and businesses to the initiative, and any funding from other levels of government,…

August 23, 2018 @ 9:46am

Iqaluit has undertaken a project to divert water from the Apex River to its water supply in Lake Geraldine. This is an emergency measure after low water levels at Lake Geraldine raised alarm as to whether the city would have a secure supply through winter. To achieve the water diversion,…

August 22, 2018 @ 10:36am

Experts are testing drones equipped with sensor technologies to enhance the monitoring of water worldwide as part of the $8.5 billion MONOCLE project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Around 20 scientists from the University of Stirling, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and colleagues from across Europe are gathering…

August 22, 2018 @ 10:08am

A new report received by the Manitoba government has found that Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment (RCEA) was negligent with respect to an array of factors in its review of historical and contemporary impacts of hydroelectric development in the Nelson, Burntwood, Rat, and Churchill river systems. Yesterday, the province confirmed the…

August 22, 2018 @ 9:05am

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) has called on the federal government to fulfill its pledge for infrastructure investment in Ontario, including for green infrastructure to manage stormwater. RCCAO has said that the slow release of infrastructure funds can jeopardize the province's future economic prosperity. In addition,…

August 21, 2018 @ 10:42am

More than $2 million is available to watershed conservation projects in the Peace River Basin through the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) - a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Public Stakeholders and First Nations. One project that has received funding in the…

August 21, 2018 @ 10:18am

Liquid water is known to be an excellent transporter of its own autoionization products; that is, the charged species obtained when a water molecule (H2O) is split into protons (H+) and hydroxide ions (OH?). This remarkable property of water makes it a critical component in emerging electrochemical energy production and…

August 21, 2018 @ 9:40am

The federal government and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will deliver water to the communities of Esowista and Ty-Histanis. Announced by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Chief Moses Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation,…

August 21, 2018 @ 9:39am

A new Canadian centre specializing in the blockchain applications for industry has received approval for its application to run its operations with hydro-electricity from the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities for Newfoundland and Labrador. The Wabush-based BlockLAB Canada is touting the approval as a win for ensuring that the centre is one of the…

August 20, 2018 @ 12:03pm

Methane released by thawing permafrost from some Arctic lakes is likely to accelerate climate change, according to a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The study, 21st-century modeled permafrost carbon emissions accelerated by abrupt thaw beneath lakes, was published August 15th in the journal Nature Communications, focuses on the…

August 20, 2018 @ 11:40am

North American forest fires have achieved unprecedented scale in 2018. New research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grant for Networks will aim to provide water security solutions amidst catastrophic fires and other climatic disasters. As reported last week, a research team…

August 20, 2018 @ 11:04am

The Université de Moncton has announced an investment of more than $1.3 million for a water and wastewater infrastructure project on the university’s Moncton campus. “The Université de Moncton is an important driver of development for our province, and this is why your government is proud to contribute to its…

August 20, 2018 @ 9:59am

Newfoundland and Labrador has released a flood risk mapping study of the Waterford River and its major tributaries. The new study was undertaken in November 2015 as an update to the previous 1988 study. The study mapped the river from its originating point in the eastern tip of the Town…

August 17, 2018 @ 11:46am

Canada and Quebec have supported water infrastructure in the municipality of Saint-Boniface with more than $5.2 million in financial assistance under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Pierre Giguère, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Maurice, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Marc H. Plante, Member of the National Assembly for…

August 17, 2018 @ 11:31am

Canada and Prince Edward Island have signed a bilateral agreement under the Investing in Canada plan, providing funding for infrastructure projects in the province for the next decade. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island; and Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and…

August 17, 2018 @ 11:16am

B.C.’s Climate Change Adaptation Program has announced $6 million in federal and provincial government support, over the next five years, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The program builds on previous government-supported work and is focused on building resilience to climate change at the farm level and at the wider regional…

August 17, 2018 @ 10:13am

Private venture capital fund, XPV Water Partners announced today that it has invested in Alberta-based Mobiltex Data Ltd., an IoT product and service provider that monitors corrosion protection in pipelines and other critical distribution and storage infrastructure assets. Mobiltex was founded and has been led by Jerry Chilibecki and Dale Poloway of Calgary, Alta.…

August 16, 2018 @ 3:45pm

The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board has launched a website, increasing accessibility and transparency in the province’s regulatory role over the aquaculture industry. “The review board website provides a platform to publicly post information about the board’s mandate, composition, procedures, notices of upcoming hearings and the decisions it issues,” said…

August 16, 2018 @ 10:20am

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has announced that nearly $900,000 in grants have been awarded to seven U.S. organizations to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. Grant recipients will use the funding to install long-term structural practices to limit sediment or nutrient runoff and implement…

August 16, 2018 @ 9:30am

A gap in Canadian regulations governing greywater disposal in the Arctic could lead to a significant increase in pollution in highly sensitive waters in the future if nothing is done, a new report commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada has found. The amount of untreated greywater dumped in Canadian Arctic waters…

August 16, 2018 @ 7:30am

The Environmental Damages Fund has redistributed money from an environmental offender to benefit water conservation efforts in Quebec. Announced by Environment and Climate Change Canada, over $5 million in funding was distributed to four environmental projects based in the Quebec region. The funds come from the largest Environmental Damages Fund award…

August 15, 2018 @ 10:41am

Yesterday, B.C.’s  Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced that the drought condition of East Vancouver Island had been elevated to Level 4. As a result, a maximum reduction of water use is recommended by the province and regulatory action may become necessary. West Vancouver Island…

August 15, 2018 @ 10:02am

Canadian chicken farmers have reported a 45 per cent reduction in water consumption following the release of a recent lifecycle assessment by the Chicken Farmers of Canada. The assessment was designed to measure the environmental and social performance of Canada's chicken sector, from hatching egg to processor. The 45 per…

August 15, 2018 @ 9:00am

Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre announced that Jeanette Jackson has been appointed as its new managing director. Ms. Jackson will be responsible for strategic and operational oversight of Foresight’s staff and programs, including Foresight Launch and Growth as well as the ARCTIC Innovation Challenge program. The ARCTIC program has identified mining…

August 15, 2018 @ 8:37am

Long-term groundwater monitoring can be a complex, and potentially costly, practice requiring frequent sampling and laboratory analysis. A new method developed by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Savannah River National Laboratory allows for a low-cost method of real-time monitoring using commonly available…

August 14, 2018 @ 10:21am

The latest Actuaries Climate Index data, reported by organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States, showed that the five-year moving average of climate extremes across the two countries reached a new, record high in autumn 2017. “Increased precipitation and continuing rising sea levels drove Actuaries Climate…

August 14, 2018 @ 10:01am

Stanley, New Brunswick has received support from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to improve the village’s wastewater system. T.J. Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique — Mactaquac and Barbara MacDonald, Deputy-Mayor of Stanley, announced joint funding of more than $1 million to improve wastewater treatment in Stanley. “The Village of Stanley's…

August 14, 2018 @ 9:13am

Five members of the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute are among the ten researchers campus-wide to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects to further their water research. Monica Emelko, Trevor Charles, Juewen Liu, Michael Power, and…

August 13, 2018 @ 11:49am

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has raised alarm over the lack of funding being directed towards the impacts of drought, flood, and conflict on the security of people worldwide, especially those already living under vulnerable circumstances. The FAO’s mid-year report raised alarm that some of the world's…

August 13, 2018 @ 11:29am

Newfoundland and Labrador has announced over $14 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding through the Small Communities Fund to support 20 infrastructure projects on the west coast of the island, eighteen of which are water-related. Premier Dwight Ball was joined at the announcement by Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry…

August 13, 2018 @ 11:02am

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, and the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) support $11.6- million project to improve the regional water system. Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook; the Honourable Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs for Nova Scotia; and Steve Streatch, Councillor for Waverley–Fall River–Musquodoboit Valley, announced joint funding for phase two of…

August 13, 2018 @ 9:53am

Campbell River, B.C. has approved recommendations for the use of 3.5-acre site that will help mitigate the effects of climate change induced sea level rise. Given Campbell River’s flooding history and anticipated climate change, experts expect that what have been temporary flooding events will become more regular and more severe…

August 10, 2018 @ 10:13am

New funding announced this week from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), included $750,000 grant that will help the City of Kitchener, Ontario incorporate state-of-the-art stormwater management features at the new RBJ Schlegel Park. Kitchener’s investment in green infrastructure is intended to forward a reputation for leadership in environmental sustainability and…

August 10, 2018 @ 9:42am

Engineers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States are developing ionic water treatment technology that saves money and energy by selectively removing only hazardous contaminants and ignoring those that are harmless. The platform technology could be used to treat drinking water and wastewater from industrial applications like oil and gas…

August 10, 2018 @ 9:20am

This week, Saltworks Technologis Inc. sent the final shipment of 45 containers that will become a SaltMaker Evaporator Crystallizer at Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meliadine Gold Project in the Canadian sub-arctic. The SaltMaker will act as the desalination plant for the mine, treating saline mine shaft water to produce freshwater for…

August 09, 2018 @ 11:38am

Groundwater and surface water contains a myriad of microorganisms and very little has been known about how the water-based bacterial community develops in those waters. This knowledge is important to predict the potential effect on the quality of the water after it is stored and distributed. That's why researchers from Austria…

August 09, 2018 @ 10:45am

In response to a sewage discharge in the state of Maine, New Brunswick’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government have made a public advisory regarding water quality in the Saint John River. “While this sewage discharge happened within the state…

August 09, 2018 @ 9:45am

Documents published by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment(CCME) regarding the Canadian Soil and Groundwater Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health – Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are available for public review and comment until September 7, 2018. PFOS is present in numerous products such as firefighting…

August 09, 2018 @ 7:11am

A new study led by researchers at Indiana University (IU) has found that modifications, such as dams and reservoirs in the United States and Canada, do not isolate rivers and streams from the effects of climate change. Published August 6th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Natural…

August 08, 2018 @ 11:47am

Federal, provincial, and municipal governments are investing more than $24,000 in the installation of water sampling stations for Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick. “Your government understands the importance of water infrastructure maintenance for the good and health of all New Brunswickers,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “When we invest strategically, we maximize…

August 08, 2018 @ 9:35am

Ware Malcomb, an international design firm, has announced that David Newson has joined the firm as engineering manager for the Toronto office. In this position, Newson is responsible for the overall growth and management of Ware Malcomb’s civil engineering services throughout the Canadian market. “We are excited to have someone…

August 08, 2018 @ 8:14am

Add just enough fertilizer, and crops thrive. Add too much, and you may end up with contaminated surface and groundwater. That's what researchers at the University of Manitoba have demonstrated in a new study published in Agricultural and Environmental Letters. Excess nutrients from farms can be transported to groundwater reservoirs by…

August 08, 2018 @ 8:00am

Last week, the Minister responsible for Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency (WSA), Dustin Duncan, announced a new long-term flood mitigation program for provincial communities. The Flood Damage Reduction Program (FDRP) is intended to be a proactive and preventative mechanism to help communities implement with long-term flood mitigation projects. “Since the start…

August 07, 2018 @ 11:01am

The Region of Waterloo in Ontario was one of 32 North American water utilities that have been recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients through the Utility of the Future Today program. The Utility of the Future program…

August 07, 2018 @ 10:58am

Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced nearly $7 million in funding for water, wastewater, and road projects. Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Mike Doyle, Mayor of Harbour Main-Chapel's Cove-Lakeview revealed $6.9 million in joint support for water, wastewater, and road improvements in 11 municipalities across the…

August 07, 2018 @ 10:25am

Yesterday, the Government of Canada reaffirmed its commitment to stem to the spread of aquatic invasive species, announcing new funding for research, education, and public outreach on the problem of zebra and quagga mussels. Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake County  announced that Simon Fraser University (SFU) will receive $100,000 over four years to…

August 07, 2018 @ 10:06am

New research from an international team, led by water engineers from the University of Exeter, has provided a method to incorporate ecological processes into water treatment facilities, allowing for a more environmentally friendly design. Published in the journal Science Advances, the technique described in the paper, Evolving wastewater infrastructure paradigm…

August 03, 2018 @ 9:57am

Canada and Quebec are investing in drinking water services for the Quebec City region. Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and Michel Matte, Member of Quebec's National Assembly for Portneuf, announced an investment of more than $976,000 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to replace water…

August 03, 2018 @ 9:22am

The Government of Canada has announced new funding for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program to be distributed over the next four years. Lake Winnipeg generates millions of dollars of revenue through hydroelectricity, recreation, and commercial freshwater fishing. And, it's a significant cultural, social, and economic resource to Indigenous Peoples and communities…

August 03, 2018 @ 9:14am

EXP has announced the appointment of Robert Andrews, former CEO of the Ontario Clean Water Agency, as sector leader for Ontario infrastructure. Throughout his career, Andrews has assembled and led multi-disciplinary teams carrying out large, complex, and innovative water and transportation capital programs. He has played key roles in engineering,…

August 02, 2018 @ 10:59am

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have committed funding to an improved wastewater system in the Town of Shippagan. Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie–Bathurst; Wilfred Roussel, Minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs; and Anita Savoie Robichaud, Mayor of the Town of Shippagan, announced close to $340,000…

August 02, 2018 @ 9:44am

International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) has received new federal funding. Yesterday in Kenora, Robert D. Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, announced $4 million in funding over four years for IISD-ELA to support data collection, analysis, and efforts to make this data available to the…

August 02, 2018 @ 9:32am

Huu-ay-aht First Nations have begun $150-million watershed renewal program in the Sarita River watershed, the most important of the 35 streams and rivers in the nations' traditional territory. Huu-ay-aht's ḥahuułi (traditional territories) includes Barkley Sound, the Alberni Inlet, and the Sarita River watershed, which extends over approximately 190 square kilometers.…

August 02, 2018 @ 9:17am

Located in northeast Alberta, the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD) is one of the most magnificent wetlands in the world. Serving as the junction of four major North American waterfowl migratory routes, millions of ducks and geese descend to feed and nest here each summer. Collaborative Water Program graduate Mitchell Kay, PhD candidate…

August 01, 2018 @ 12:06pm

Countries are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but  serious gaps remain and require  urgent action, according to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The report looks at surveillance, education,…

August 01, 2018 @ 10:08am

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the Model Policy on Scientific Integrity, with an intention to foster a culture that supports and promotes science. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, welcomed the Model Policy on Scientific…

July 31, 2018 @ 12:41pm

Pollution Probe has announced the appointment of Christopher Hilkene as chief executive officer effective August 1st, 2018. Hilkene has been serving as Pollution Probe’s interim CEO since December 1st, 2017. “In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex world, Pollution Probe must be both a credible voice in the solutions dialogue…

July 31, 2018 @ 11:23am

Canadian researchers have found that atmospheric mercury can make its way to High Arctic environments from as far away as China, and as the Arctic warms, that mercury can be deposited into lakes posing a threat to the health of the environment, animals, and people. “Mercury in certain forms is…

July 31, 2018 @ 10:59am

Last week, at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) summit, representatives of the British Columbia government had the opportunity to meet with United States legislators to discuss the future of the Columbia River Treaty. “I was able to hear directly from a wide variety of stakeholders from U.S. and Canada…

July 31, 2018 @ 9:54am

According to new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, softening agents added to pipes in order to keep them clear of mineral buildup may amplify the risk of pathogens being release into drinking water. “The groundwater that supplies many cities may be high in magnesium and calcium,” said…

July 30, 2018 @ 10:39am

The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced investments in water infrastructure in Lewisporte. Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame; Derek Bennett, Member of the House of Assembly for Lewisporte–Twillingate; and Betty Clarke, Mayor of Lewisporte, have announced more than $2.1 million in joint funding to improve potable water service in the town of Lewisporte. “The…

July 30, 2018 @ 9:58am

Last week, Iqaluit’s city council was updated on the city water supply and other water related issues, including the proposed amendment of bylaw 200, which includes private hauling of water. Following our piece on Iqaluit’s water supply challenges, council heard that the Lake Geraldine’s water level is lower than usual…

July 30, 2018 @ 9:57am

Vancouver’s City Council has approved three recommendations to help prepare the city's vulnerable areas for sea level rise by planning for and implementing coastal flood protection. The recommendations focus on engagement, development, and design along thec coastline, ensuring sea level rise is considered in future and ongoing developments. “Vancouver faces…

July 27, 2018 @ 11:29am

As announced in June, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) made an investment in Forward Water Technologies (FWT) through BIC’s Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI). With this investment, FWT has located its micro-pilot-unit (MPU), a pre-commercial development scale-up of a proprietary forward osmosis technology, at the Western Sarnia-Lambton…

July 27, 2018 @ 11:01am

The Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA) has received a response from a joint submission with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. OOWA released the following statement upon receipt of a response from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change…

July 27, 2018 @ 10:41am

Business consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan has released an analysis, Global Outlook of the Water Industry, that finds Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled smart meters and digital solutions are driving the global water market as rising water stress is creating a demand for advanced technologies. The need for sustainable solutions is boosting investments in the development…

July 27, 2018 @ 9:52am

Moncton, New Brunswick has advised its residents, as well as those in the Dieppe and Riverview, that the presence of blue-green algae has been confirmed within the Turtle Creek watershed. This is the second year in a row that the city has had to manage a blue-green algae outbreak within…

July 26, 2018 @ 11:05am

Rice plants engineered to have fewer stomata are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change, finds new research from the University of Sheffield. Much of humanity relies on rice as a food source, but rice cultivation is particularly water intensive, using an estimated 2,500 litres of water…

July 26, 2018 @ 10:42am

Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation (GBGLF) has issued an alert and called for Ohio and the U.S. EPA to begin Grass Carp eradication measures immediately. GBGLF chair, Mary Muter, returned on June 22 from the annual conference of International Association of Great Lakes Researchers (IAGLR) with disturbing news: The Invasion…

July 26, 2018 @ 9:43am

Local community leaders toasted the official commissioning of the Town of Amherst, Nova Scotia’s new water reservoir on July 23rd. "This is a great day for our community. This new reservoir has increased the water pressure in areas of the town that previously experienced low water pressure while also improving…

July 25, 2018 @ 11:45am

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for technologies to assist in the interception and removal of phosphorus from agricultural runoff in the Thames River and Lake Erie basin. From 2018 to 2020, the PRC “expects to make total awards worth between $10,000…

July 25, 2018 @ 11:18am

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is accelerating partnership opportunities in converting renewable raw materials into value-added bio-based products while fostering the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster development. Last week, BIC hosted eight Italian delegates in Sarnia-Lambton to highlight the development of clean, green, and sustainable technologies. The delegation included representatives from small…

July 25, 2018 @ 10:22am

Last week, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced, with a number of scholars whose work addresses water-related issues being supported through the funding program. Named after former Governor General Georges Vanier, the scholarship aims to recognize outstanding doctoral students, providing $50,000 per year for up to three years. Up to…

July 24, 2018 @ 12:09pm

As Water Canada reported last June, Nunavut faces a water security crisis. In his third term, Iqaluit city councillor Joanasie Akumalik has renewed city council’s attention on the issue of declining water levels in Lake Geraldine, the source of the city’s freshwater, and prompted a move towards solutions, such as…

July 24, 2018 @ 11:13am

In a statement released last Friday, the Government of Ontario announced that it had made changes to the building code in the Lower Don Lands to accelerate development in the area. The changes made to Ontario Regulation 388/18 allow for the concurrent work in the Lower Don Lands to implement…

July 24, 2018 @ 9:54am

In partnership with UNESCO and UNECE, Global Water Partnership-Central Africa (GWP-CAf) organized a sub-regional workshop to support the implementation of SDG 6 in Central Africa in Douala, Cameroon, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Water and Energy of Cameroon from July 4–6th, 2018. The objectives of this meeting were…

July 23, 2018 @ 12:11pm

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for healthy agricultural crops, but when applied in excess can result in negative impacts to surface and groundwater sources. Most routine tests done in commercial soil testing labs do not measure available nitrogen in the soil because they are time-consuming and expensive. As a result, farmers…

July 23, 2018 @ 11:30am

Following last week's announcement of new funding for Great Lakes projects, ALUS Canada has described some of the projects to which its $600,000 in funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Great Lakes Protection Initiative (GLPI) will be directed, with the overall goal to improve water quality in Lake Erie.…

July 23, 2018 @ 10:59am

A new study released by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) displays the success of environmental remediation in the Detroit River. The river, which forms part of the border between the U.S. and Canada and flows into Lake Erie, has come a long way from its reputation as…

July 20, 2018 @ 10:48am

Fredericton has been selected to receiving funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the city. Today, Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton; Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier of New Brunswick; and Mike O'Brien, Mayor of the City of Fredericton, announced more than $1.7 million in funding to…

July 20, 2018 @ 10:09am

A research team from the University of Waterloo, members of whom took first place at the the 2017 AquaHacking Challenge, have published research in the journal Nature that details progress on artificially intelligent water quality monitoring software. In the paper, Quantification of cyanobacterial cells via a novel imaging-driven technique with an…

July 20, 2018 @ 9:42am

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna visited Port Colborne, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie, today to announce an $8.95 million investment over four years for 36 projects aimed at improving the health of the Great Lakes. Minister McKenna joined a group of Great Lakes mayors, students, First Nations, local media, and…

July 19, 2018 @ 7:39pm

Yesterday, the federal government purchased a substantial length of shoreline by way of the Driftwood Cove property in the Bruce Peninsula. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, along with Beth Gilhespy, chief executive officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC), announced that with…

July 19, 2018 @ 11:38am

The Government of Nova Scotia has appointed a prosecutor to focus on environmental law, after announcing its intention to do so in February of this year. Brian Cox, a senior Crown attorney in Halifax, has been appointed to the special prosecutions section of the Public Prosecution Service. [caption id="attachment_5000053358" align="alignnone"…

July 19, 2018 @ 10:18am

The Governments of Canada and Quebec have announced financial support for improvements to the wastewater system in the Chaudière-Appalaches region that will help ensure public health and protect the province's waterways. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Paul Busque, Member of the National Assembly for Beauce‑Sud, announced an investment…

July 19, 2018 @ 9:31am

U.S. Consul General Juan Alsace is retiring after 32 years of service to the country. Juan and his wife Nancy will start the next chapter of their lives in Milwaukee where he plans to continue supporting efforts to protect the Great Lakes. On July 9th, Alsace hosted a reception with…

July 17, 2018 @ 8:00am

New research has suggested that Indigenous peoples and local communities dramatically outperform other methods to protect sensitive environments. The report, Cornered by Protected Areas, was co-authored by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) was released as…

July 16, 2018 @ 12:20pm

The Government of Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council have entered into formal discussions to recognize the Indigenous rights and self-determination of the community. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council, announced the start of discussions on July 12th. NunatuKavut, which means…

July 16, 2018 @ 10:50am

New reports find insufficient international progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, with a decided focus on SDG 6 for clean water and sanitation. The Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation, released last week is an in-depth look at SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. In a…

July 13, 2018 @ 12:02pm

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) has announced the communities that will receive financial support for structural flood mitigation projects. Communities throughout the province are to receive a total of $9.5 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding for these projects, such as pump stations and dikes. “When we released…

July 13, 2018 @ 10:06am

BI Pure Water has secured a $350,000 federal grant to develop a production version of its new advanced oxidation process (AOP), Biperliminate, for wastewater treatment. Now, the company is seeking a suitable site to deploy the technology to move beyond the pilot phase. BI Pure Water's Biperliminate process is deemed suitable…

July 13, 2018 @ 7:30am

Human exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants has increased exponentially over the last three decades and recent studies have linked this exposure with reduced human fertility. In a letter to the governments of Canada and the United States released today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has made five recommendations urging…

July 12, 2018 @ 2:37pm

Canada Energy Partners Inc. has announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent for the sale of its Portage a-20-D Water Disposal Well in northeast British Columbia to an arm's length undisclosed buyer, for $1 million. The Portage a-20-D well is a disposal well operated by CEP to inject wastewater from oil…

July 12, 2018 @ 12:14pm

Earlier this week, Statistics Canada released the results from the latest Industrial Water Survey (2015), which shows an overall decrease of water use nationally. The three main industry groups covered by the survey had a total water intake of 27.5 billion cubic metres in 2015, down seven per cent from 2013.…

July 12, 2018 @ 11:36am

At the directive of the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has assembled a new expert panel to examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government. The panel will address the question: "What are the top climate change risks facing both Canada…

July 12, 2018 @ 9:51am

In a major nod to the quality of Canadian beef, McDonald’s Canada announced today that it will be the first company to serve Canadian beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus line-up. This means that for the first time ever, McDonald’s three million daily guests who consume more…

July 12, 2018 @ 9:21am

SaskWater’s 2017–18 annual report has outlined the corporation’s finances throughout the year and demonstrated how SaskWater is meeting its mandate. “This past year, SaskWater has built new relationships and delivered crucial infrastructure upgrades,” said Minister Responsible for SaskWater Bronwyn Eyre. “It has continued to supply safe, reliable, and sustainable water and…

July 11, 2018 @ 10:45am

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has joined the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo and the City of Toronto to launch a pilot Toronto Home Resilience Program. The pilot program, open from July to September of this year, will provide emergency preparedness and flood risk reduction education to up to…

July 11, 2018 @ 10:08am

Stormwater retention ponds aren't a significant source of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide emissions. This according to a new study, Sediment chemistry of urban stormwater ponds and controls on denitrification, published in the journal Ecosphere. Some scientists have questioned whether there may be a trade-off to nitrogen trapping stormwater ponds, since…

July 11, 2018 @ 9:00am

Eighty eight percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important and are willing to pay more to ensure their restoration, according to the second large survey conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed…

July 10, 2018 @ 11:50am

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have announced seven new infrastructure projects for the City of Saint John. Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay; Ed Doherty, New Brunswick Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saint John Harbour; and Don Darling, Mayor of Saint John, today announced joint…

July 10, 2018 @ 11:11am

As part of their ongoing commitment to improving collaboration on land use planning initiatives, the Government of Yukon and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have agreed to restart the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process. The Commission will be re-established by the fall of 2018. “Since we now have clarity from the…

July 10, 2018 @ 10:26am

At the end of June, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency, supported by the African Development Bank, the Regional Economic Communities, and other stakeholders met in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with the objectives of crafting measures to accelerate infrastructure delivery, as well as enhance access to infrastructure financing through…

July 10, 2018 @ 9:00am

What we do on the land surface can have a significant impact on groundwater below. Although nitrate contamination of groundwater used for drinking water is a growing health concern, very few studies have been able to demonstrate a quantitative link between land use practices and nitrate contamination, until now. Tanya Louise…

July 09, 2018 @ 10:17am

A study jointly conducted by Ocean Wise and Metro Vancouver, and published in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, found microplastics shed from laundered clothing a substantial contributor to local pollution. The study documented microplastic particles in a Metro Vancouver wastewater treatment plant, with 71 per cent of the material observed…

July 09, 2018 @ 9:36am

Aqua Q has announced the launch of its new corporate brand in Canada focused on smarter drainage solutions. The new brand reflects a change in strategic focus of division of infrastructure company, Armtec LP, following the sale of its steel drainage division assets which closed on June 29, 2018. The Aqua Q brand will…

July 09, 2018 @ 7:01am

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have managed to accelerate the process of removing radioactive strontium from contaminated water using electrospun sodium titanate fibres. The research takes electrospun ion exchange fibres, which are known to efficient and sustainable materials for separating radionuclides and heavy metals, and determines a methodology to…

July 06, 2018 @ 11:29am

British Columbia has released its 2018 report on the Crown Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP). The report was released on July 5th, 2018, and details work done over the past two years to investigate and remediate sites that have been contaminated by historic industrial activities. The program has investigated a total…

July 06, 2018 @ 10:45am

The Council of the Township of Centre Wellington has approved a resolution requesting that Ontario extend the province-wide moratorium on commercial water bottling until January 1st, 2023 in light of the approaching end date of January 1st, 2019. If the province-wide moratorium is not extended, Centre Wellington is asking the…

July 06, 2018 @ 9:38am

Failure to limit global warming to the two degrees Celsius will lead to sea level rise and dire global economic consequences, new research has warned. Published in Environmental Research Letters, Flood damage costs under the sea level rise with warming of 1.5 °C and 2 °C, led by the UK National Oceanographic Centre…

July 05, 2018 @ 11:45am

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources for the Northwest Territories, Robert C. McLeod announced today that 12 new environmental monitoring and research projects are receiving funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP). Total funding for these new projects is $760,000. “The Government of the Northwest Territories…

July 05, 2018 @ 10:50am

The K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) are working towards an agreement that will provide greater cooperation in the management of regional water resources, the extension of water services to K’ómoks lands south of Royston, and collaboration on water licence applications. The two parties have stated…

July 05, 2018 @ 9:39am

This morning, Andrew Parsons, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, was joined by Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, to announce over $46 million for municipal infrastructure projects in the city. “We are pleased to be working with the City of St. John’s to…

July 04, 2018 @ 10:41am

Saskatchewan’s local leaders now have access to the new Municipal Peer Network to help them resolve conflict or complex issues. The new network connects municipal administrators and elected officials with highlyexperienced peers, who can provide guidance, coaching, and advice to help resolve issues locally, use best governance practices, better understand…

July 04, 2018 @ 10:21am

Kevin Fancey, president of Wolseley Canada Inc., announced the acquisition of AMRE Supply Company Limited, a market leading supplier of plumbing, HVAC, appliance, electrical and property maintenance parts, equipment and supplies required by tradespeople, homeowners, service contractors, and professional property operators. “AMRE’s success is the result of three generations of…

July 04, 2018 @ 9:20am

Trace concentrations of synthetic chemicals expelled in effluent and discharged to lakes, rivers, and streams are found in extremely small concentrations, just nanograms or micrograms, but the toxicity is not well understood in human bodies and the broader ecosystem. Further, little is known about the effects of byproducts created during…

July 03, 2018 @ 11:15am

Last week’s reveal of the Québec government’s Water Strategy, has been followed by the announcement of $1.8 billion in Green Infrastructure spending through the federal government’s Investing in Canada program. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec City, and André Fortin, Québec's Minister of Transport,…

July 03, 2018 @ 10:42am

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has committed nearly $9 million to water and wastewater infrastructure in St. John’s and Labrador City Federal, provincial, and municipal representatives were on hand to make the announcements of funding in the respective cities. Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and MHA for…

July 03, 2018 @ 9:44am

Today, Doug Ford was sworn in as the 26th Premier of Ontario, bringing with him a cabinet of 21 experienced MPPs. The Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) provided the following observations and analysis to its members about what the new changes may mean for people operating in the environmental sector.…

June 29, 2018 @ 4:59pm

This week, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, announced the provincial water strategy for 2018–2030 and its 2018–2023 action plan. With the Strategy, the Québec government is launching a suite of measures, including major investments of more than $ 550 million and the establishment…

June 29, 2018 @ 10:37am

The City of Regina has reached substantial completion of its third force main installation project as part of an investment in critical wastewater infrastructure. This announcement was made by Michael Fougere, Mayor of the City of Regina, who was joined by the Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency…

June 29, 2018 @ 10:05am

Yesterday, federal, provincial, and territorial environment ministers, responsible for parks, protected areas, conservation, wildlife, and biodiversity, met to advance cooperation on shared priorities to protect nature and biodiversity. The ministers agreed to a Natural Legacy Declaration to guide action toward meeting Canada's conservation targets while working in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.…

June 29, 2018 @ 9:25am

Public consultations on the future of Nova Scotia’s Coastal Protection Act, launched on June 26th. “Nova Scotia is a leader in the fight against climate change. We have increased our sources of renewable energy, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions, and we are putting in place a cap and trade…

June 28, 2018 @ 10:18am

First Nations, provincial, and municipal representatives gathered in Lake Country district of the Okanagan Valley on June 25th, 2018 to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned during this year’s spring freshet and the resultant flooding. The 2018 Flood Recovery meeting was organized by water resources engineer Don Dobson, of Dobson…

June 28, 2018 @ 9:38am

A whopping 85 per cent of Canadian organizations are investing in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Few of them, however, are managing the risks associated with technology, such as cybersecurity threats and lack of talent. These are just a few of…

June 28, 2018 @ 8:59am

Researchers at Duke University have found that nanomaterials used in agriculture could lead to more algae outbreaks in wetlands and other freshwater bodies. In the last ten years, nanomaterials have been increasing in use via agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides, ideally decreasing the amount of toxins sprayed on agricultural fields.…

June 27, 2018 @ 12:33pm

It was announced yesterday that Canada’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience had released its findings after being appointed in August 2017. The report, Measuring Progress on Adaptation and Climate Resilience: Recommendations to the Government of Canada, addresses what is required to effectively manage climate risks across the…

June 27, 2018 @ 12:08pm

The governments of New Brunswick and Canada will invest $1.14 million in two flood mapping projects to help communities within the province predict the impact of flooding. “These projects will provide valuable tools to help implement the province’s Climate Change Action Plan,” said New Brunswick’s Environment and Local Government Minister…

June 27, 2018 @ 10:40am

Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Québec, has been appointed to the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council, the flagship, $625-million program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, funded by the Government of Canada. DeSousa will sit on this Council as a municipal elected official and will represent the province of Québec. The appointment reflects three of the six…

June 27, 2018 @ 9:46am

The Government of Canada has announced that it will support a project to restore coastal habitats in New Brunswick for the next five years. Work will be focused on improving fish ladders and water control features. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of…

June 26, 2018 @ 10:22am

New Brunswick has made available $770,000 under the Environmental Trust Fund for 27 projects in the Acadia Peninsula region in 2018–19, including for flood risk action plans and a water quality improvement project. “The Environmental Trust Fund is an important mechanism for New Brunswick community groups, organizations, municipalities, and institutions…

June 26, 2018 @ 9:50am

AECOM has announced that Marc Devlin, a material science engineer by training, has joined the company as executive vice president and region executive of AECOM’s Design Consulting Services business in Canada. In this position, Devlin will leverage his substantial engineering and management experience within Canada’s transportation and power groups, amongst…

June 26, 2018 @ 9:40am

Burlington, Ontario-based Terratec Environmental, a division solutions provider Terrapure is the recipient of the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) 2018 Exemplary Biosolids Management Award. The company was awarded for providing a sustainable option for managing biosolids during winter months when farmland application is prohibited and storage is complicated. Instead of disposing of a nutrient-rich…

June 25, 2018 @ 12:53pm

On Friday, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) closed a $450 million green bond issuance. Proceeds  from the bond will be used to finance hydroelectric projects. “Today’s bond offering is the first in the Canadian energy sector where a utility has issued green bonds to finance renewable and clean power projects that…

June 25, 2018 @ 11:16am

A report released last week by the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board (the Board) has provided a detailed account of the historic 2017 flood and the Board’s actions under Plan 2014 to regulate Lake Ontario outflows in the face of high inflows and record-breaking precipitation. The report, titled Observed Conditions & Regulated Outflows in 2017, found that extreme weather and water supply conditions were the primary…

June 25, 2018 @ 10:56am

In partnership with the Government of Canada, Eel Ground First Nation has implemented a water and wastewater infrastructure plan that should end a long-term boil water advisory by December 2018. Work is underway to upgrade the water and wastewater treatment systems on Eel Ground First Nation's Big Hole Tract reserve.…

June 25, 2018 @ 10:12am

In municipalities across Canada, infrastructure is aging, capital and operating costs are rising, and service delivery is strained by growing populations and shifting conditions. Solutions may be all around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, often…

June 24, 2018 @ 6:48am

A delegation of Canadians led by Stéphane Dion, Prime Minister Trudeau’s Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe and Ambassador to Germany, participated in the High-Level International Conference on the UN Water Decade for Action that took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 20-22 June 2018. In his keynote address, Dion…

June 23, 2018 @ 12:58pm

The Town of Ajax announced the passing of one of its founding, visionary leaders this week. Mayor Bill Parish (1924-2018) was a member of the first Ajax Council and served six one-year terms as Mayor from 1958 to 1963. As one of the original protectors of the Ajax waterfront, he…

June 23, 2018 @ 12:12pm

A new gift to the University of Guelph is meant to help the next generation of researchers protect one of the world’s most vital resources: water. Edward Y. (Ted) Morwick, an honorary U of G graduate and lawyer-turned-businessman, has pledged $1 million for scholarships for graduate students in water resources…

June 22, 2018 @ 6:38pm

It was a night to remember, as water industry professionals from across Canada and around the world gathered on June 20th in Vancouver to celebrate the 2018 Water’s Next Awards. The Water’s Next Awards recognized the best-of-the-best in the Canadian water industry; the only national awards program commemorating the efforts…

June 22, 2018 @ 6:15pm

Oxford, Nova Scotia will receive upgrades to its drinking water infrastructure with support from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Patricia Stewart, Mayor of the Town of Oxford, made the joint announcement this week of funding to maintain reliable…

June 22, 2018 @ 11:36am

On Wednesday, the House of Commons passed a newly updated Fisheries Act that now aims to protect fish populations and safeguard fish habitat. Bill C-68, introduced in February, is now headed to the Senate. The proposed legislation directs the minister of fisheries and oceans to manage fish stocks sustainably, restoring the…

June 22, 2018 @ 11:22am

A partnership was announced this week between Vancouver-based Ostara and Krevox to build a nutrient recovery facility at the Cielcza Sewage Treatment Plant to aid in the reduction of phosphorus being emitted to the Baltic Sea. The facility was recently awarded the Circulate Energy Award during WEX’s Global Water & Energy…

June 22, 2018 @ 6:00am

The people of the First Nations of Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan, Dauphin River, and Pinaymootang are close to returning home after being displaced by severe flooding of the Lake St. Martin-area of Manitoba in 2011. Minister of Indigenous Services, commended the leadership and members of the flood-impacted First Nations as…

June 21, 2018 @ 3:53pm

Yesterday, Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, congratulated Chief Mi'sel Joe and the community of Miawpukek First Nation for their work in lifting a long-term drinking water advisory. The Miawpukek First Nation (Miawpukek Mi'kamawey Mawi'omi) is a Mi'kmaq community of approximately 920 members located at the mouth of the Conne…

June 21, 2018 @ 3:33pm

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, First Nations leaders and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, welcomed a new agreement between the Government of Canada and 14 Central and North Coast First Nations to work together to protect coastal waterways along the Pacific North Coast of British Columbia. The Reconciliation…

June 21, 2018 @ 3:02pm

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) honoured William D. Taylor on Tuesday with its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented at IAGLR’s 61st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, the award recognizes important and continued contributions to the field of Great Lakes research over a period of 20 years or…

June 19, 2018 @ 6:45pm

Work is underway on an 800-metre watermain extension project in the community of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, located approximately 10 kilometres east of Belleville, Ontario. Announced by Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Don Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte…

June 19, 2018 @ 4:54pm

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced that they will cost share up to $540 million in new flood management infrastructure for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels. The announcement was made by Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, and Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. The Government of Canada will provide $247.5 million for the…

June 19, 2018 @ 4:39pm

TransAqua, the Cities of Moncton and Dieppe, and the Town of Riverview in New Brunswick have signed a Service Agreement, the first of its kind in the region. The Agreement defines the operating relationship between TransAqua and the TriCommunities and recognizes the collective interest in the advancement of an effective,…

June 18, 2018 @ 10:48am

A new report from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the U.S. water sector, has generated a detailed and data-driven look at careers therein, finding that while there are looming shortages and a need for diversity in the water workforce, these jobs provide tremendous economic opportunity. Renewing the Water Workforce:…

June 18, 2018 @ 10:36am

On Friday, the Government of Canada’s Build in Canada Innovation Program announced that it would invest in a Sudbury-based water filtration technology. Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, made the announcement that Activated White Ltd. of Sudbury, Ontario, received a $104,075 contract for its Activated White Portable Water Filtration System. “By partnering with home-grown companies…

June 18, 2018 @ 9:40am

Ontario-based EMAGIN was selected as the winner in the Best Market Strategy award category at the BlueTech Forum, which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 6–7. The BlueTech Forum is a “boutique industry event which brings together the world’s leading water technology companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from…

June 18, 2018 @ 9:28am

Canada and Yukon have committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Northern Canadians have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, and John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services, announced funding for upgrades to the Watson Lake lagoon under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government…

June 15, 2018 @ 9:25am

The joint federal‒provincial funding program, Small Communities Fund, will support bank stabilization of the Bécancour River in the Municipality of Lyster. Announced by Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $60,000 for the stabilization and development of…

June 15, 2018 @ 9:15am

Canadian Water Network, in partnership with PUB, Singapore’s Water Agency, is pleased to announce the recipients of a new travel scholarship to attend Singapore International Water Week to accelerate technology transfer and advance global progress on sustainable water management. Three Canadian municipal water leaders have been selected: Susheel Arora, Director of Wastewater & Stormwater…

June 15, 2018 @ 8:00am

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the protection of 48 hectares (120 acres), including 2.5 kilometres of historic Rideau Waterway shoreline, on Whitefish Lake. A collection of towering granite ridges, rich forests and pristine shoreline, this piece of Whitefish Lake is at the heart of the Frontenac Arch,…

June 14, 2018 @ 12:00pm

At the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax, Ontario, Canadian and US mayors celebrated the strong, integrated relationship on environment and economy between our two countries and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region as a whole. The mayors cautioned against isolationist policies towards trade and…

June 14, 2018 @ 11:29am

As flood waters recede throughout the province, and with another wildfire season on the horizon, the Province of British Columbia and the Canadian Red Cross have announced a new initiative designed to help people and families affected by disaster better transition into long-term disaster recovery. “Catastrophic events like floods and…

June 14, 2018 @ 11:06am

Construction crews worked through the winter to complete the City of Thompson, Manitoba’s new Wastewater Treatment Plant. As of yesterday, only a few hundred cubic meters of concrete remained to be poured of the 1900 total cubic metres that make up the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s lower levels, where the majority…

June 14, 2018 @ 10:16am

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has released a set of twenty inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs, offers a guide for countries on how to…

June 14, 2018 @ 9:27am

New research demonstrates water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties, yet, different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel, Switzerland and their colleagues in Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications. From a chemical perspective, water is a molecule in…

June 13, 2018 @ 11:56am

A new study from the Columbia Institute has argued that British Columbia's public-private partnerships (P3s) model for developing public infrastructure projects has often been a costly mistake. In the report, Private-Public Partnerships in British Columbia, the authors note that from 2003 to 2016, British Columbia committed $18.2 billion in multi-decade…

June 13, 2018 @ 11:22am

The Province of Nova Scotia has committed to determining what’s required to remediate a former construction and demolition site in Harrietsfield, Halifax Regional Municipality. Nova Scotia Lands Inc. will commission a site assessment this summer to determine the extent of contamination, how long it will take to remediate, and how…

June 13, 2018 @ 9:51am

Although a record 693 quarter sections of Saskatchewan agriculture lands were brought into drainage compliance in the 2017–18 fiscal year, Saskatchewan’s Provincial Auditor says there is significant work to do to bring unapproved drainage works into compliance. In her 2018 Report – Volume 1, Chapter 12, Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson reported that…

June 13, 2018 @ 9:37am

Newfoundland and Labrador has awarded a contract for a flood risk mapping study, a flood forecasting model, and a flood forecasting service for the lower Churchill River. The contract was awarded to KGS Group for $931,000, and work is anticipated to be completed by March 31st, 2019. The information will…

June 12, 2018 @ 11:03am

Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations…

June 12, 2018 @ 10:24am

Research from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has calculated the lost time from work and the mental health impacts resulting from basement flooding. Of all extreme weather events in Canada, flooding is currently the costliest, causing millions of dollars in property damage. The research conducted by the Intact Centre on…

June 12, 2018 @ 9:48am

Earlier this year, the Government of Alberta committed $10 million to help communities along river basins prepare for floods. The funding included $2 million for short-term flood-prevention equipment, supplies, and mitigation efforts to protect critical infrastructure, homes, and businesses. “It’s crucial that we support our communities across the province so…

June 12, 2018 @ 9:25am

Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team field tested a prototype water harvesting device in the Arizona desert, which was able to extract water out of the air without any power source other than sunlight. The successful field test of their larger, next-generation harvester proved what the team had…

June 11, 2018 @ 10:16am

On Friday, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $2 million in protecting coastal habitats in B.C.’s Fraser River estuary and successful conservation initiatives executed by Parks Canada. Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Public Services and Procurement, made the announcement on behalf of…

June 11, 2018 @ 9:37am

On Saturday while many Torontonians were breezily enjoying Lake Ontario's waterfront, 16 teams of tech-savvy students were busy presenting solutions to Great Lakes water challenges at the 2018 AquaHacking Semi-Finals Challenge at RBC WaterPark Place. Over the last three months, some of the brightest young innovators from universities across North…

June 11, 2018 @ 8:15am

The Government of Yukon and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council will be working with local community members on developing potential zoning regulations in the Shallow Bay area, located north of Whitehorse on the southern tip of Lake Laberge, in an effort to protect the area’s wetlands. A committee is being formed of…

June 08, 2018 @ 11:41am

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has launched ErieStat, a website that tracks progress toward the binational shared goal of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 per cent, and reports how much of the nutrient is entering the lake from select rivers. “Our Great Lakes Commission team works hard to help state, provincial, and federal…

June 08, 2018 @ 10:33am

The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a project of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), released results of a study on non-indigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from U.S. and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior. Operators of the lakers proposed the study as a means of complying with…

June 08, 2018 @ 10:18am

Tides Canada announced yesterday that its president and CEO, Ross McMillan, has decided to leave his position at Tides Canada towards the end of 2018. McMillan has worked with Tides Canada for 18 years. Tides Canada was founded in 2000. That same year, its first shared platform project—the Rainforest Solutions…

June 08, 2018 @ 9:35am

Canadian plastics recycling veterans and entrepreneurs Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have combined the market presence of their three extended plastics processing and recycling companies, Merlin Plastics Group, ReVital Polymers, and Emterra Group, to launch North America's largest plastics recycling consortium—Circular Polymers Group (CPG). These companies currently operate 38 multi-materials handling…

June 07, 2018 @ 11:26am

At the end of May, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) announced a private investment into Forward Water Technologies (FWT). The announcement was made in conjunction with FWT and GreenCentre Canada (GCC). The investment will support the commercial scale-up of a proprietary forward osmosis technology that holds the potential to alleviate the…

June 07, 2018 @ 10:36am

ALUS Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation presented two Innovation Awards, each worth $10,000, during an awards presentation held at Y U Ranch in Tillsonburg, Ontario. The Innovation Awards recognize researchers and producers of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches. The winner of the Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award for…

June 07, 2018 @ 9:35am

New research identifying climate vulnerability hotspots has found that the number of people affected by multiple climate change risks, such as water supply risk, could double if the global temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius, compared to the Paris Agreement targeted rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The research was led…

June 06, 2018 @ 12:09pm

Construction has commenced on a new wastewater system for the Town of Bienfait, Saskatchewan, a more than $2.86-million infrastructure project funded in part by the federal and provincial governments that will position the community for growth. “It’s great to celebrate the start of construction on this important wastewater treatment system…

June 06, 2018 @ 10:59am

British Columbia has implemented a flood mitigation activity, commissioning work at five locations west of Chetwynd, replacing culverts with bridges in order to permit safe travel along Highway 97, particularly in the event of heavy rain and flooding. The ministry is investing $26.8 million on this flood mitigation strategy. These…

June 06, 2018 @ 9:42am

British Columbia’s Interior Health (IH) has launched a real-time, interactive water advisory map, enabling people to search the entire IH region for current drinking water advisories. Users can also learn more about IH water suppliers, types of advisories, and the reasons for these advisories. Given the challenges to water suppliers…

June 05, 2018 @ 9:54am

Taber, Alberta has signed a utility services agreement to operate Lantic Inc.’s wastewater treatment plant, which came into effect June 1st, 2018. Lantic Inc. approached the town in 2017 about the possibility of a public-private partnership where the company would pay the town to provide skilled workers to operate the…

June 05, 2018 @ 9:33am

Indigenous Services Canada has released a May 2018 update on the federal government’s progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories for public water systems on reserves. Ongoing investments from the federal government in water and wastewater infrastructure are helping to eliminate long-term drinking water advisories on these systems. One long-term…

June 05, 2018 @ 9:15am

Clearford Water Systems Inc. has acquired a privately owned local water utility in Ontario's Niagara Region that provides safe drinking water for approximately 300 residents in the Lake Erie basin. The utility's assets include regulatory permits and permanent infrastructure for water intake from Lake Erie, a drinking water treatment plant, and a water distribution…

June 05, 2018 @ 8:52am

On Friday, the federal government released a new Climate Lens component for its infrastructure funding program, Investing in Canada. Announced by Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the assessment tool will require stakeholders to report on how proposed projects contributes to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate…

June 04, 2018 @ 11:45am

Ferrero Canada Ltd. has announced a donation of $100,000 to the City of Brantford to help restore the city’s waterfront trails that were damaged during the February ice-jam flood. On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, the City of Brantford declared a state of emergency in response to the flood event that remained in effect…

June 04, 2018 @ 11:03am

Today, a number of environmental organizations have released a declaration that calls on the government of Canada to eliminate plastic waste in Canada by 2025, while the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) announce their own industry targets. Released by Environmental Defence, Ecology Action Centre, the…

June 04, 2018 @ 9:53am

The International Joint Commission is very pleased to announce that David Burden has accepted the position of Director of the Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office and will lead the binational regional office for the next four years. In his previous role as Central and Arctic Regional Director General with the Government of Canada’s Department of Fisheries…

June 01, 2018 @ 3:57pm

Oregon State University scientists have created a tool that can accurately predict the flow rate of Arctic rivers based on the makeup and abundance of bacteria in the water. Their successful genohydrology approach is important, because many Arctic rivers are remote and quite rugged, making deployment of flow meters to…

June 01, 2018 @ 10:19am

Rainmaker Worldwide has now delivered its first Water-to-Water technology to Cape Town, South Africa. The Company is working with an international distributor with local presence in Cape Town as its sales and technical partner. It is broadly acknowledged that the ongoing critical issues regarding water in Africa require new approaches…

June 01, 2018 @ 7:00am

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that following their efforts the Senate version of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which has passed the an essential Senate Committee check, includes an increase in the authorized spending levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The senators said the new authorized levels…

May 31, 2018 @ 11:17am

The Government of Prince Edward Island has taken steps to improve transparency and accessibility to a broad range of data with launch of an open-data portal. The  open-data portal includes a total of 52 existing and new government datasets, such as expenditure and revenue budget estimates and forecasts, civil service…

May 31, 2018 @ 10:55am

Canada has announced a new investment of $12.3-million in water cleantech. This money will forward the work of two Canadian companies working to improve water consumption and quality in Alberta and British Columbia. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the federal investment of $26.3 million in four…

May 31, 2018 @ 10:13am

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has recently changed the measurement standard for E. coli at public beaches, permitting more of the bacteria per measurement volume. Now the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Environmental Defence, and Swim Drink Fish Canada have called for the Ministry to make the changes…

May 31, 2018 @ 9:38am

Earlier in May, the White House released an updated timeline on its plan to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. According to the document, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are expected to release…

May 30, 2018 @ 10:58am

Yesterday, the Office of Canada’s Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, released his 2018 spring reports. Report 5 indicated that Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has failed to make sufficient use of available data to overcome issues in First Nations communities, including with respect to water resources. “I want to stress the need for…

May 30, 2018 @ 10:25am

British Columbia’s Saltworks Technologies was engaged by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to demonstrate their zero-liquid discharge SaltMaker at an on-site location in the U.S. The USBR has been intercepting saline water from entering an important American watershed and looked to Saltworks to demonstrate a full-scale solution for…

May 30, 2018 @ 9:53am

Okotoks, Alberta’s town council has approved a recommendation for the town to resume direct control of its water and wastewater utilities. This ends the town’s long-term contract with EPCOR, which has been the service provider for the past 13 years. “Okotoks has changed significantly since the contract was signed with…

May 29, 2018 @ 11:33am

Atlantic First Nations Chiefs have selected the first members to serve as the board of directors for the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority. Through the collective work of the Atlantic Chiefs, the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC), in partnership with Dalhousie University, Halifax Water, Accelerator Inc.,…

May 29, 2018 @ 11:03am

Last week, the U.S.-based Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) filed a legal action under the Great Lakes Compact to challenge the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) approval of the City of Racine’s request to divert 7 million gallons per day (MGD) of Great Lakes water outside the Great Lakes Basin.…

May 29, 2018 @ 9:43am

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a low-cost membrane that effectively separates oil and water on demand. The technology could pave the way for faster cleanups of oil spills and improved treatment of industrial wastewater in the future. The research will be published in the June 30th…

May 28, 2018 @ 11:36am

The chair of Global Water Partnership, Oyun Sanjaasuren, has announced her resignation effective June 15th, 2018. “My expectation, and desire, was to serve out my three-year term as GWP’s chair until July 2019. However, I have a career opportunity to join the Green Climate Fund as their director of external affairs. Because…

May 28, 2018 @ 10:42am

As part of the construction of a new 240-metre permanent bridge over New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River, the river channel will receive a substantial realignment. “The bridge and channel construction will complete the final stage of restoring the Petitcodiac River to its natural state,” said Premier Brian Gallant. The new bridge…

May 28, 2018 @ 9:41am

Eddy Home has been selected to pilot its smart water technology, which provides real time information to home owners, in UPPlift: Toronto’s first-ever Urban Pilot Program. The program, launched earlier this year, focuses on bridging the gap between emergent smart city technologies and building and infrastructure operators seeking innovations to…

May 25, 2018 @ 10:56am

With a $243-million partnership between the federal and provincial governments, communities in British Columbia will see increased investments in water infrastructure through the Environmental Quality program, a funding stream under the Investing in Canada plan. “It is essential that British Columbians are able to access clean and safe drinking water,”…

May 25, 2018 @ 10:21am

Amina Stoddart, EIT, Ph.D. of the Centre for Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie University has won the ASTM International Standards Development Award for her work in demonstrating the importance of the photoelectrochemical oxygen demand (peCOD) parameter. Throughout Stoddart’s Ph.D. research, she had the opportunity to experiment with and test the…

May 25, 2018 @ 9:55am

Clearford Water Systems Inc. has released financial results for its three months ended March 31st, 2018, which show growth in the company’s revenue streams. The first fiscal quarter of 2018 was the first full quarter of results since the acquisition of Koester Canada in November 2017. During the first quarter, the Clearford was focused…

May 25, 2018 @ 9:31am

New research from the University of Alberta has produced a helpful field tool that allows offline, in-the-field environmental managers to harness the power of artificial intelligence in their work to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). In their research, Evaluation of machine learning methods for predicting eradication of…

May 24, 2018 @ 11:12am

A new global, satellite-based study of global freshwater distribution found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of factors, including human water management practices, human-caused climate change, and natural climate cycles. The NASA-led…

May 24, 2018 @ 10:03am

The federal government will invest in coastal restoration in the Arctic by supporting research and restoration of nearshore ecosystems in the Beaufort Sea. Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced yesterday, on behalf of the Government of Canada, that Aurora College will receive $410,000 over 5 years for research to help…

May 24, 2018 @ 9:09am

The shape of water wins Oscars on Hollywood movie screens and is an engaging subject in real life too. Twenty photographs released by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Acfas as part of the Science Exposed photo contest are proof. The Science Exposed contest is devoted…

May 23, 2018 @ 11:36am

The Government of British Columbia has underscored its commitment to work with Indigenous peoples in the spirit of respect and collaboration by introducing a set of draft principles designed to guide the daily work of provincial government employees. Last September, POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and…

May 23, 2018 @ 11:33am

City of Powell River Council has approved the route of the pipeline between Westview and the new Townsite wastewater treatment facility, as well as the design concept for the facility itself. At its Thursday, May 17th meeting, councillors voted unanimously for the conveyancing route of the pipeline through Willingdon Beach Trail,…

May 23, 2018 @ 10:35am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released a report detailing the important contribution rural municipalities make and outlining the challenges these communities face. This includes challenges in providing adequate, long-term access to water and wastewater service that meet human and environmental needs. The report, Rural Challenges, national opportunity — Shaping…

May 23, 2018 @ 9:58am

The Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1), a flood-mitigation project to protect Calgary from a 2013-level flood, has been certified by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) as conforming to the agency’s guidelines. Now the project has entered the final, one-year regulatory approval process. Construction will require three years, with the reservoir…

May 22, 2018 @ 11:45am

New Brunswick will expand a water monitoring protocol to eight provincial park beaches for the upcoming swimming season. The protocol is in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. “The Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality have established guideline values that strike a balance between potential health risks and the…

May 22, 2018 @ 9:54am

On Friday, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, alongside Vernon Saddleback, Chief of Samson Cree Nation, took part in a sod-turning ceremony in Samson Cree Nation to mark the start of construction to upgrade the community's wastewater facility. “We are very excited about this wastewater project as it will have…

May 22, 2018 @ 9:20am

Scientists have developed a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would be different if they formed under the conditions predicted for the late 21st century. While each storm's transformation would be unique, on balance, the hurricanes would become a little stronger, a little slower-moving, and a lot wetter. In…

May 22, 2018 @ 7:49am

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities has launched the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), a 10-year national program that will invest $2 billion in projects that help communities better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, seismic events, and droughts. DMAF will support large-scale infrastructure projects with a minimum cost…

May 18, 2018 @ 10:25am

The Royal Society of Canada has declared Arctic sustainability and the role of digital technologies in society to be two of the most pressing issues of our time, in time for G7 political summit. Each year since 2005, the National Academies of the G7 countries have delivered joint statements in time for…

May 18, 2018 @ 9:10am

Okanagan Valley’s mayors gathered yesterday at the UnH20 Gardens to talk water conservation. Following a difficult year of flood, record-breaking temperatures, and as talk turns to the possibility of another drought this year, there was a strong commitment to participate in the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s annual WaterWise program. “It…

May 18, 2018 @ 6:07am

Clean drinking water is coming to Southeast Kelowna.  City Council has approved a budget amendment to cover a $22 million project shortfall for Kelowna Integrated Water Project – Phase 1. The amendment includes funding for the city’s portion from Utility reserves as well as city financing for South East Kelowna…

May 17, 2018 @ 9:59am

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, unveiled a nationwide contest for Canada's aspiring female cleantech entrepreneurs this week. Delivered in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District, the challenge will provide five women $115,000 a year for 2.5 years for living and travel expenses and one grand prize winner will receive $1 million to…

May 17, 2018 @ 9:45am

The Canadian Canoe Museum will bring people even closer to the water and Canadian heritage now that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation has announced a $7.5 million gift to build a modern new facility at the water's edge. In March 2015, the Peterborough, Ontario-based heritage centre announced plans to relocate to the…

May 17, 2018 @ 8:57am

EPCOR has successfully completed the performance testing and final facility requirements of Regina's Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project, as confirmed by independent certification firm BTY Group. The project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3) in 2016. "EPCOR delivered the facility on time and under budget, meeting all the City's requirements…

May 16, 2018 @ 9:16am

A partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the Tallcree Tribal Government, the governments of Alberta and Canada, and Syncrude Canada have led to the creation of a 3,300-square-kilometre conserved area in northeast Alberta. When added to other contiguous conserved lands in the area it is now part of the…

May 16, 2018 @ 8:46am

Labatt Breweries of Canada is providing 100,000 cans of emergency drinking water for New Brunswick as part of its Canadian Disaster Relief Program. The water will go to on-the-ground responders in communities along the Saint John River in New Brunswick that have been faced with the worst flooding in decades. Two trucks carrying cases…

May 16, 2018 @ 8:27am

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) added the Midland Painted Turtle to a growing list of species found to be at risk in the region between Toronto and Windsor, Canada's most species-rich biodiversity hotspot. Painted Turtles take about 10 years to mature, and lay small numbers…

May 16, 2018 @ 7:39am

A record 693 quarter sections of land were brought into drainage compliance in the 2017–18 fiscal year in Saskatchewan, the provincial government has announced. This represents an increase of over 110 per cent from the year previous and a five-fold increase from 2014–15. “We have introduced the most significant changes…

May 15, 2018 @ 10:50am

Yesterday, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced spending on a number of new projects, including for asset management plans, stormwater and drainage feasibility assessments, and wastewater systems. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the FCM announced over $3 million in funding…

May 15, 2018 @ 10:22am

Environmental Defence is celebrating the end of winter with a record number of Canadian of beaches and marinas achieving the Blue Flag eco-certified designation. Overall, 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada are welcoming the upcoming beach and boating season by raising the flag. This includes Canada's first ever coastal flag, flying at Aboiteau…

May 15, 2018 @ 9:58am

The 2019 International IWC Master Scholarships for the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program is open for application; deadline August 1. The IWC Master Scholarships granted each year to international students and include: Up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (Type A - each valued at 92,645AUD* including tuition fees and living costs);…

May 15, 2018 @ 9:07am

The federally funded Digital Technology Supercluster announced the appointment of Sue Paish as CEO today. Paish will be responsible for building and leading the Supercluster that will establish B.C. and Canada as global leaders in digital technology. Paish brings a wealth of experience across multiple industries, including water, and a…

May 14, 2018 @ 7:03pm

The City of Regina has announced the commencement of its 2018 summer construction season. Through the construction season, the city will invest $85.3 million in transportation and water projects. In particular, water, wastewater, and drainage projects will receive $50 million in funding, with the remainder being dedicated to residential roads,…

May 14, 2018 @ 10:39am

The Government of British Columbia has announced dedicated annual funding for B.C.'s Invasive Mussel Defence Program to help protect the province’s waterways from the environmental, economic, and social impacts these invasive species can have. “It’s imperative that we keep these destructive species out of our province and not allow them…

May 14, 2018 @ 10:03am

Last week, the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) congratulated Bracebridge Generation Ltd. on the completion of the Cascade Falls Generation Station. OWA, government, Wasauksing First Nation, community supporters, and industry partners celebrated of the grand opening of the facility on Friday May 11th, 2018 in Parry Sound, Ontario. “This project is an excellent…

May 14, 2018 @ 9:29am

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for District of Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia has issued evacuation orders to 1390 addresses, nearly 2800 residents, as of May 10th amid historic flooding. Floodwaters in the areas have exceeded the recorded high levels set in 1948. Forecasts show the Granby River may be at…

May 11, 2018 @ 3:03pm

British Columbia will act to mitigate flooding and wildfires in 2018 based on recommendations from a report on the 2017 spring floods and wildfires. As the province responds to ongoing flooding, and in advance of the 2018 wildfire season, the government will take up recommendations from the report, Addressing the…

May 11, 2018 @ 9:48am

Strong winds, flooding, heavy snow, and ice from the mid-April ice storm in southern Ontario resulted in more than $190 million in insured damage, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The costs of insured damages from extreme weather across Ontario continue to rise, reported IBC. The vast majority…

May 11, 2018 @ 9:12am

The City of Kelowna has announced the contractor for the first phase implementation of its integrated water system and provided details on how it will be integrating its two existing systems. Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc. will initiate work on the main transmission line in the South Mission with an…

May 11, 2018 @ 8:54am

Water levels in the St. John River have been falling over the last three days according to recent data from New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO) as part of its River Watch 2018 program, leaving the province to deal with the flood's aftermath. “A great number of New Brunswickers have…

May 10, 2018 @ 11:13am

The idea of using energy from the sun to evaporate and purify drinking water is ancient. The Greek philosopher Aristotle reportedly described such a process more than 2,000 years ago. More recently, researchers at the University of Buffalo are bringing this technology into the modern age, using it to sanitize…

May 10, 2018 @ 10:45am

This week, BC-based Saltworks announced a successful pilot of its Flex EDR technology, which produced strong results in freshwater recovery from recycled injected water. The Flex EDR, an advanced electrodialysis reversal technology, was tested on produced water at an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) site in Alberta. At EOR sites, polymers are…

May 10, 2018 @ 10:43am

Today, the City of Toronto announced the beginning of its construction season with over $350 million in spending on water projects through 2018. Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, announced the beginning of the season with more than 200 projects, including 60 major projects,…

May 09, 2018 @ 12:11pm

Nine Alberta oil sands technologies will receive more than $70 million through the Oil Sands Innovation Challenge to support economic growth in the oil sands sector, including projects to reduce water use. The funds are provided by the Alberta government through Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), an organization that accelerates the…

May 09, 2018 @ 11:33am

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) has announced that it plans to invest an all-time record $43.6 million in its water management infrastructure in 2018–19. The investment will ensure the integrity of its sixty-nine dams and 130 kilometres of conveyance channels through a comprehensive rehabilitation and maintenance plan. “Our water infrastructure…

May 09, 2018 @ 11:05am

Yesterday, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, chaired a first roundtable in Ottawa with Canada Port Authorities to discuss the port authority system. In the coming weeks, Transport Canada will host a series of roundtables and meetings with Indigenous peoples, provincial governments, municipalities, broader domestic and international marine stakeholders, and Canadians. The roundtables…

May 09, 2018 @ 10:19am

A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of various shopping bags, including five varieties of disposable or “single-use” bags and four varieties of “reusable” bags, found that the common plastic shopping bag has the least impact economically and environmentally and that a ban would generate more plastic pollution. The report was produced…

May 09, 2018 @ 9:54am

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO), has continued to issue warnings and information as flooding persists throughout the province, amid growing sanitation concerns due to overwhelmed wastewater infrastructure. NBEMO stated in their most recent River Watch 2018 dispatch that “Water will remain at historically high levels in the southern…

May 08, 2018 @ 10:21am

According to new research, the Government of Canada has a strong public mandate to improve science-based decision making in environmental assessments (EAs), while industry does not generally favour increased scientific rigour in EAs. Published in the scientific journal FACETS, examining over data gathered through the government’s 2016–17 panel tour, the…

May 08, 2018 @ 9:26am

Climate change action and sustainable communities were among the top five priorities identified by Canadians who responded to the nation-wide survey about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Global Compact Network Canada released the results as part of its third annual survey to better understand the perspectives of Canadians and Canadian…

May 08, 2018 @ 9:22am

Every year, Water Canada's Water’s Next awards program honours the incredible achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that successfully work to make a positive change to water in our country and abroad. This year we received 59 nominations. Drawing on the advice of the esteemed group of water experts…

May 07, 2018 @ 5:53pm

Last Friday, Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, attended a commissioning ceremony for the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System. The commissioning ceremony provided an opportunity for the governments of Canada and Alberta to recognize the importance of investing in modern,…

May 07, 2018 @ 10:28am

Guelph, Ontario-based insurance and investment co-operative, The Co-operators, has announced the addition of storm surge coverage to its Comprehensive Water product. Waves caused by storms and hurricanes, known as storm surges, present a significant flood risk, especially in coastal regions where extreme weather patterns have noticeably intensified with the changing…

May 07, 2018 @ 9:39am

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has announced twenty new projects valued at more than $36 million. Water-focused projects include brine desalination and watermain improvements. The funding is the result of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program (AOIP), a cross-provincial collaboration between Ontario and Alberta. Projects are funded by OCE with additional funding on select projects by Alberta Innovates (AI), Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)…

May 07, 2018 @ 9:19am

Former state Senator and Office of the Great Lakes director Patricia Birkholz has died at age 74 following a battle with cancer. Ms. Birkholz brought her passion for the Great Lakes from her home in the coastal town of Saugatuck, Michigan to her long career marked by advocacy for natural…

May 04, 2018 @ 2:24pm

The Canadian Coast Guard will provide assistance with flood relief efforts in New Brunswick, the province announced yesterday. “It is clear that due to flooding there will be houses and families isolated. We will be managing a long and complex event, and we will need to support New Brunswickers in…

May 04, 2018 @ 9:30am

 Photo: Road washout in the Modeste subwatershed flood in August 2016. Credit: County of Wetaskiwin The Government of Alberta is investing $720,000 in farmlands through ALUS Canada as part of a new grant program to improve flood resiliency and water quality in the province. Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips…

May 04, 2018 @ 8:26am

Livestock Water Recycling, an Alberta-based technology provider in agriculture nutrient recovery, is one of 11 ag tech companies selected to present on-stage at the AGRI Tech Venture Forum happening next week in Toronto. The forum gathers ag tech leaders and the tech commercialization community to accelerate the adoption of agriculture…

May 04, 2018 @ 7:00am

The White River First Nation is calling on the Yukon Government and the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board to conduct a Panel Review (the highest level of assessment) for the proposed Coffee Creek gold mine project by mining giant Goldcorp. Over the course of the adequacy screening process, WRFN…

May 03, 2018 @ 9:17am

Solenis and BASF have signed an agreement to combine BASF's paper and water chemicals business with Solenis to jointly create a customer-focused global specialty chemical company. The combined company intends to operate under the Solenis brand in two specialty chemical businesses: paper technologies and industrial water technologies. The transaction is expected…

May 03, 2018 @ 8:55am

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, an annual summer event that provides on-land and on-water programming with the goal of promoting Toronto's waterfront areas, has announced that it will bring the incrediball installation to the city. The incrediball art installation will maintain the tradition of using art as a mechanism to engage the public…

May 03, 2018 @ 8:44am

Photo: Nathan E. Stewart spill off the Bella Bella coast. Credit: Heiltsuk Nation. A B.C. First Nation and Canadian marine and offshore company announced that they have teamed up in a unique partnership to help prevent and respond to marine incidents on Canada's West Coast, improving marine emergency response capacity in Indigenous and…

May 02, 2018 @ 11:51am

Fertilizer Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan have signed a three-year extension to their 2016 Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship that will address nutrient pollution in surface waters. "As one of Canada's largest crop-producing provinces, creating opportunities for farmers to access sustainable agriculture practices is critical," said Saskatchewan Agriculture…

May 02, 2018 @ 11:20am

The findings of a national review of contaminants in municipal wastewater were released this week by Canadian Water Network, highlighting opportunities for a more strategic, risk-based approach to investments to address uncertain risks. The expert panel noted that keeping contaminants out of municipal systems through source control is more effective…

May 02, 2018 @ 10:18am

A new report from the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) working group, a collaboration among sixteen international financial institutions, proposes a methodology to increase banks’ understanding of how climate change and climate action could impact financial risk assessment. UNEP FI commissioned Oliver Wyman, the international consulting firm, to produce…

April 30, 2018 @ 1:37pm

Global Water Partnership (GWP) has published a discussion paper, Engaging the Private Sector in Water Security, which aims to recognize the importance of including the private sector in any multi-stakeholder initiative. The focus of the paper is the intersection between Synergizing Corporate Water Stewardship (CWS) and Integrated Water Resources Management…

April 30, 2018 @ 12:07pm

A new study led by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has analyzed what it would take for river-observing satellites to provide improved mitigation of flood damage and reservoir management globally, in near real-time. The study, Global estimates of river flow wave travel times and implications for low‐latency satellite…

April 30, 2018 @ 11:26am

Last week, Ontario municipalities announced federal-provincial investments to support water infrastructure in Thunder Bay, Regional Municipality of Durham, and the township of Red Rock. Both Thunder Bay and Durham received funding through the Canadian Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), while Red Rock’s funding came from the Investing in Canada fund.…

April 30, 2018 @ 9:58am

Nova Scotia has announced that Boat Harbour in Pictou County will undergo a detailed Class II environmental assessment process under the province’s Environment Act. Environment Minister Iain Rankin concluded that the Class II process is necessary for the cleanup project, because of its size and multiple contaminants in the soil…

April 27, 2018 @ 10:42am

Twenty new conservation officers were sworn in yesterday in Victoria, British Columbia and will begin their postings this fall throughout the province. “We recognize the need for additional conservation officers to help protect our natural resources and lessen human-wildlife conflicts. For too long, there has been a lack of frontline…

April 27, 2018 @ 10:06am

Rural regions in Canada face many challenges when it comes to managing drinking water systems. New research from the University of Saskatchewan examines the potential to manage drinking water using a framework that the author is calling “new regionalism,” involving innovation, multi-level governance, place, and integration. "The new regionalism-based approach to drinking water recognizes…

April 27, 2018 @ 9:55am

New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) will invest about $8.4 million in environmental projects through 2018 and 2019. This includes 227 community-based environmental initiatives worth more than $6.6 million, as well as almost $1.8 million in province-wide projects. “The Environmental Trust Fund is an important mechanism for New Brunswick community…

April 27, 2018 @ 9:39am

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has presented Steam Whistle Brewing with its National Water Wise Award for the brewery’s commitment to water conservation and purification in its core operations. “One of the key ingredients in Steam Whistle’s success is clearly the impressive approach towards green initiatives throughout…

April 26, 2018 @ 1:14pm

Educational institutions in Saskatoon have highlighted the work of students to reduce water consumption through the Student Action for a Sustainable Future (SASF) program. One of the highlights from SASF projects comes from Saskatoon Misbah School where students conducted audits that focused on conserving water during a cleansing process called…

April 26, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Yesterday, Powell River, BC, announced that its design for a new wastewater treatment facility is almost complete. The final two decisions—the conveyance route from Westview and the exterior design of the facility itself—will be decided on by City of Powell River Council in the coming weeks. At the Committee of…

April 26, 2018 @ 11:53am

The Ganges River is the focus of a new collaboration between IC-IMPACTS and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), in close association with highly respected Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi. Working together, the three organizations have identified sites in the city of Varanasi…

April 26, 2018 @ 6:18am

The Government of India has made a commitment to clean up the Ganges River, which is regarded as the most important river in India with significant economic, environmental, and cultural value. Called the Clean Ganga Project, this commitment led to efforts to modernize and improve wastewater management by the India Central…

April 25, 2018 @ 4:17pm

Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a press release regarding Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand's three reports that were tabled in Parliament yesterday. “These reports demonstrate failure in critical areas,” said May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Wild salmon populations remain endangered on both the Atlantic and Pacific…

April 25, 2018 @ 11:23am

In her spring report to the federal government, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand has concluded that the federal government must establish an implementation and benchmarking plan if it is serious about meeting commitments to the 2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report stated, "We concluded that…

April 25, 2018 @ 10:46am

At the start of April, Ryerson University welcomed Steven Liss as the new vice-president, research and innovation. An internationally recognized researcher from Queen's University, in the area of environmental biotechnology and water and wastewater microbiology, he will guide the Ryerson research enterprise. From 1988 to 2007 he was a faculty member in…

April 24, 2018 @ 6:22pm

The city of Sudbury is has awarded Pickering, Ont.-based Diameter Services a contract to develop a plan to give citizens real-time access to their water use, taking it one step closer to being a "smart city." Diameter Services is a consulting firm that focuses explicitly on water meters independent of the…

April 24, 2018 @ 9:19am

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath unveiled her party's election platform, Safer Province, Healthier Environment, last week which included a promise to develop a provincial water strategy. "Andrea Horwath and the NDP will develop a Provincial Food and Water Strategy, to promote health through access to healthy food, put public access to drinking water first,…

April 23, 2018 @ 12:46pm

The Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation pleaded guilty in the Provincial Court of British Columbia to depositing a deleterious substance into water into British Columbia's Williston Lake, which is frequented by fish. The pollution discharge was in violation of the pollution-prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. The company was ordered to pay a penalty of $900,000,…

April 23, 2018 @ 9:39am

Farmers make up one-third of the global population. Together, they have the opportunity to play a major role in reducing impacts on the environment by adopting sustainable agriculture practices. Fertilizer Canada, the industry association that represents fertilizer producers, is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture for farmers through innovative, science-based methods…

April 23, 2018 @ 9:15am

Axine Water Technologies has signed a wastewater services agreement with a leading supplier of computer storage technologies and solutions. Under the multi-year agreement, Axine will install, monitor, and service a wastewater system at the customer’s manufacturing facility in California. The Axine system will electrochemically treat toxic wastewater contaminated with organic solvents…

April 20, 2018 @ 10:17am

Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott offered her congratulations to Cowichan Tribes this week on the completion of an award-winning culvert and roadway project that has supported the return of salmon to the Quamichan Creek. The Government of Canada invested $1.1 million through the First Nation Infrastructure Fund for the project. Chief William (Chip) Seymour…

April 19, 2018 @ 9:37am

IKEA Canada has been named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the 10th consecutive year for its commitment to sustainability practices, including water conservation. The designation from Mediacorp Canada Inc. recognizes employers who lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations and incorporate sustainable business…

April 19, 2018 @ 9:20am

A Commonwealth proposal to create a Blue Charter of principles for sustainable ocean development has been greeted with the enthusiastic support of governments, the Queen, the Prime Minister of Fiji, and partners at this week’s UN Ocean Conference. The Blue Charter includes a proposal to reduce our dependency on single-use…

April 19, 2018 @ 8:50am

Canadians pay close attention to international affairs; they are concerned about climate change and famine; they see their nation as a positive force in the world and are prepared to do more to maintain that influence. These are some of the opinions revealed in the results of a recent Environics…

April 18, 2018 @ 1:30pm

Photo: Roof purlins being welded and the control valve chamber. Source: Campbell River. The B.C. coastal city of Campbell River is celebrating the near-completion of its largest infrastructure project to date—the Campbell River Water Supply Centre—after careful planning and staging by city staff. “It was a seamless transition as we…

April 18, 2018 @ 9:46am

The City of Penticton, B.C. is exploring options to transition away from an ailing composting facility to handle wastewater biosolids to a new solution that can meet current and future needs. City council has recommended that a request for proposal be issued by public works to review the existing treatment method and…

April 18, 2018 @ 9:18am

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has approved $300,000 in funding to 18 projects to help conserve and improve the quality of water in the valley. Directors approved the Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) grants at their last board meeting, April 3.  Recipients were notified last week. There were 23 applications with…

April 18, 2018 @ 8:41am

The Town of Ladysmith's recently upgraded wastewater treatment plant has received an Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) award for Engineering Excellence. The award submission was brought forward on the Town's behalf by Opus International Consultants (Canada) Ltd., the engineering firm responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of the upgraded…

April 17, 2018 @ 11:05am

Work is underway to develop international guidance to help new technologies address global sanitation challenges, starting with the world’s first international workshop ISO agreement. New technologies such as community-scaled faecal sludge treatment units, which treat the waste at a community level, are emerging, yet in order for this new technology…

April 17, 2018 @ 8:46am

PureBlue’s Aqualyst, a U.S.-based business and technology catalyst that provides customized services to accelerate, commercialize, and scale high-impact water technologies and technology businesses is accepting applications for its 14-week program. The program helps early to mid-stage companies in North America expand pilots, sales, licensing and/or an exit with less capital,…

April 17, 2018 @ 8:05am

A new expert panel report released on April 11 by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) shows that lack of investment in R&D and fundamental research is putting Canada's prosperity at risk. The report entitled, Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada, shows R&D investment as…

April 17, 2018 @ 7:30am

The Government of Canada is asking technical experts who focus on drinking water to provide feedback in the consultation process for the drinking water guidance document on the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality encourage the adoption of a multi-barrier source-to-tap approach to…

April 16, 2018 @ 2:36pm

Scientists in Canada, the United States, and Europe are looking to rewrite the textbook on microbial ecology, advocating a new approach to studying the most abundant form of life on Earth. When it comes to microbe species, they argue, niche is much more important than names. "Traditional ecology tells us species…

April 16, 2018 @ 2:24pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) for Lake Huron 2017-2021, part of a binational effort to restore and preserve the Lake Huron ecosystem. Summarizing knowledge of many resource management agencies, conservation authorities, scientists, and non-governmental organizations, the LAMP report concludes that the…

April 16, 2018 @ 9:10am

Echologics, supplier of permanent leak detection technology, announced that it will deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) Smart City solution over Bell’s broadband wireless network for the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The solution will wirelessly monitor the City’s water pipeline network to help reduce water loss and mitigate the…

April 16, 2018 @ 6:14am

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced life for New Brunswickers have reached a joint funding agreement for water infrastructure. Karen Ludwig, MP for New Brunswick southwest, Rick Doucet, minister of Energy and Resource Development and Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, along with James Webb, deputy mayor of the Village of Fredericton…

April 13, 2018 @ 1:44pm

The federal government has announced that it will create a Sustainable Finance Expert Panel to consult with Canada's business leaders, including insurers, on opportunities related to sustainable finance, including climate-related disclosures. The Expert Panel builds on the work of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCDF), led by Michael Bloomberg, that was…

April 13, 2018 @ 10:04am

Danone Canada announced today that it has become the country's largest consumer-facing Certified B Corporation, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Danone's acquisition of WhiteWave Foods. The B Corp Certification is part of Danone Canada's ambition to become one of the country's best-performing food and beverage companies, pursuing the Danone One Planet, One Health vision,…

April 12, 2018 @ 10:00am

The Ontario government has eliminated the fees that businesses previously had to pay to access government procurement contracts. Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement at the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council's Diversity Procurement Fair in Toronto this week. Businesses can now submit bids for free…

April 12, 2018 @ 9:34am

Quebec-based H2O Innovation announced a new partnership with Senrio, Inc., a provider in IoT visibility and security solutions. The partnership will help H2O Innovation provide a greater level of awareness and visibility into IoT device health and safety for customers using the Intelogx performance monitoring software for water and wastewater plants. With Senrio Insight and…

April 12, 2018 @ 9:05am

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was in Mississauga yesterday following a meeting of the Economic Strategy Tables. Bains announced $14.1 million in federal funding to be spent on the development of five clean technologies, including two that are focused on water. Among the companies supported in the announcement were ClinnUp…

April 12, 2018 @ 8:41am

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Public Safety Canada, and Dalhousie University released a study yesterday assessing the risks and level of preparedness to water security in Canada. Entitled, Strengthening the Resilience of the Canadian Water Sector, the report examines physical threats to water security, including water quality, water quantity,…

April 11, 2018 @ 8:10am

A new workforce diversity initiative was launched this week to support women and girls in apprentice-based trades in New Brunswick. The program includes training, support, and barrier removal for careers in water and wastewater. “By having more women enter the workforce, we are strengthening our economy,” said Labour, Employment and…

April 11, 2018 @ 8:00am

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) held a joint news conference with representatives from the provincial government, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and City of Kelowna to announce significant funding and a unique partnership to help valley communities plan and prepare for future flood events. The partnership chose Kinsmen Park in Kelowna, the…

April 10, 2018 @ 4:33pm

Canada and Nova Scotia have announced their bilateral agreement under the Investing in Canada plan, which will see the federal government invest more than $828 million in the province over ten years. Announced by Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, and President of the Treasury Board, and Stephen McNeil,…

April 10, 2018 @ 1:06pm

In its April Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, British Columbia’s River Forecast Centre (RFC) has declared that the amount of snow pack indicates an increased seasonal risk of flooding in the South Interior and Kootenay. The Fraser River Basin is also at some risk of experiencing flood conditions, despite…

April 10, 2018 @ 12:46pm

New research has found that an approximate change of one degree Celsius in summer air temperature caused dramatic changes to Lake Hazen, the High Arctic’s largest freshwater lake. Published at the end of March in the journal Nature, The world’s largest High Arctic lake responds rapidly to climate warming, features…

April 10, 2018 @ 11:26am

This week, British Columbia is raising public awareness of disaster mitigation with Tsunami Preparedness Week, offering residents information and opportunities to better prepare in the event of a tsunami striking coastal communities. This past January, the public was reminded of the threat posed by tsunamis to coastal communities in B.C.…

April 09, 2018 @ 11:31am

Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) has released a report on conversation in Canada and recommended changes with respect to achieving Canada Target 1, protecting 17 per cent of the country’s terrestrial areas and inland waters by 2020. The report, We Rise Together – Achieving Pathway to Canada Target 1 through…

April 09, 2018 @ 11:07am

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Staff Notice 51-354 Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project. The report summarizes the findings of the CSA’s previously announced project to review the disclosure by reporting issuers of risks and financial impacts associated with climate change and outlines its plans for future work. “We…

April 06, 2018 @ 11:57am

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada has released an emergency notification app, expanding the National Public Alerting System (NPAS) to include smartphones and other such wireless devices. Alert Ready will provide emergency notification to Canadians about potential hazards, such as flash flooding and water contamination. Providing an informative and reliable…

April 06, 2018 @ 11:36am

Indigenous Services Canada has announced the elimination of a number of long-term drinking water advisories for First Nation communities in Saskatchewan. Investments in water and wastewater infrastructure are working to eliminate long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve and to prevent short-term advisories from becoming long-term. Minister of…

April 05, 2018 @ 1:29pm

The government of Canada announced the creation of a new team of fisheries managers to increase the capacity of Canada's Sea Lamprey Control Program to reduce Sea Lamprey numbers and advance protections for Great Lakes fisheries this week. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Terry Sheehan,…

April 05, 2018 @ 10:05am

The U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, was in Toronto yesterday for an Empire Club of Canada luncheon speaking about Canada-U.S relations, NAFTA, and our countries' strong cultural, economical ties and similarities. The speech highlighted the success of cooperative Great Lakes management as proof that the current pressures to resolve NAFTA conflicts…

April 05, 2018 @ 8:04am

Minister McKenna and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto today to announce a joint initiative between the Prairie Climate Centre, University of Winnipeg, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders…

April 04, 2018 @ 2:22pm

Today, BC-based Saltworks Technologies announced that the company has been chosen to deliver two full-scale saline water treatment systems for a precious metals mine in the Canadian North. The zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plants will desalinate mine shaft water and enable the site to achieve their treatment goals. “Contributing to an important…

April 04, 2018 @ 11:10am

Ontario’s York Region has posted another year of successful drinking water quality, having 99.93 per cent of water quality tests complying with provincial water quality standards. The results were presented to the Regional Municipality’s Committee of the Whole on March 1st, the results confirmed by Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s…

April 04, 2018 @ 10:47am

Yesterday afternoon, Alberta and Canada announced a bilateral agreement providing more than $3.3 billion in federal funding, with a significant green infrastructure component. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Sandra Jansen, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of the bilateral agreement that will provide more funding through…

April 04, 2018 @ 9:59am

The City of Toronto's targeted testing of tap water in 2017 indicated significantly lower lead levels, a result of a Corrosion Control Plan implemented from 2009 to 2017. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that fewer than 10 per cent of water samples can exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb)…

April 03, 2018 @ 10:01am

Columbia Basin Trust has announced support for 12 climate action projects with over $540,000 through the first year of its three-year Climate Action Program. A number of projects will help communities improve adaptive measures for water resources as the climate changes. “Taking action on climate change is a high priority among many…

April 03, 2018 @ 9:48am

Canada and British Columbia have announced the outcome of their bilateral agreement, which includes $4.1 billion in federal funding. Announced yesterday Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena, the bilateral agreement that will provide more federal funding through the Investing in Canada plan over…

April 03, 2018 @ 9:19am

On March 19th, the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) hosted a provincial Lobby Day at Queen’s Park to launch their new Asset Management Planning (AMP), The State of Ontario Water and Waster Infrastructure. The report examines the water and wastewater infrastructure assets of 30 municipalities across the province…

April 02, 2018 @ 1:59pm

The State of Michigan has awarded $500,000 to the winners of the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge, which sought solutions to the incursion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Last week, Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Ab Initio Software LLC in Lexington, Massachusetts, was selected as the grand prize…

April 02, 2018 @ 12:43pm

Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN), a network of citizens, scientists, and conservation professionals, has released data on phosphorus hotspots gathered from its 2017 field season. In 2017, LWCBM volunteers and staff collected water samples across southern Manitoba using scientifically vetted protocols. Collected samples are analyzed by a laboratory to measure…

April 02, 2018 @ 10:34am

Two research projects in water-related domains have been awarded a combined $390,000 from the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). One project addresses small-scale UV purification for small, rural, and marginalized communities. The other is focused on removing agricultural pollutants from the water cycle. The Innovation Council is a Crown agency that…

March 29, 2018 @ 1:05pm

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced new funding to help municipalities close staffing gaps and support those working on climate change and resilience initiatives. FCM's climate change staff grants will provide funding to supplement the salary of a new or existing municipal employee…

March 29, 2018 @ 12:17pm

Ontario Budget 2018 will support the health of water resources and water infrastructure through a number of spending programs. Indeed, Budget 2018 devotes considerable detail to Great Lakes issues. “From population growth and climate change to harmful pollution and invasive species, today’s cumulative pressures are overwhelming the province’s water basin,”…

March 29, 2018 @ 10:49am

The Yukon government has updated its funding program for municipalities to ensure predictable and sustainable funding over the next five years. In part, the revised framework addresses support for regulatory compliance in water services. The Comprehensive Municipal Grant (CMG) was updated following a review by a joint Government of Yukon…

March 29, 2018 @ 9:42am

During last week’s World Water Day, the launch of the Decade for Action on Water, and the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Water Partnership (GWP), and Oregon State University, released a review of research on water stress and human…

March 28, 2018 @ 12:05pm

A collaborative report from Canada’s federal and (most) provincial auditors general was presented to the House of Commons yesterday. The report indicates that Canada is not on track to meet its 2020 climate change goals. “Meeting Canada’s 2030 target will require substantial effort and actions beyond those currently planned or…

March 28, 2018 @ 11:11am

Saint John Water will soon begin its transitional treatment phase in anticipation of the Loch Lomond Drinking Water Treatment Facility becoming operational this summer. Beginning mid to late April, Saint John Water will begin the interim treatment of the current east side drinking water supply to adjust the pH of…

March 28, 2018 @ 10:19am

On March 26th, Guelph, Ontario’s city council approved two new credit programs for the city’s water and wastewater customers. The new programs will provide forgiveness on high water bills from unknown residential leaks and cost relief on wastewater charges for business customers who use or evaporate water during operation or…

March 28, 2018 @ 10:02am

Sharp Management, of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been accredited by the Canadian Standards Association to enter and sell carbon offset in the provincial market with 55,071 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence. The company generates its green value from proprietary engineered wetlands for wastewater treatment. “As an environmentalist, my dream has…

March 27, 2018 @ 4:47pm

New research supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Hydro-Quebec has improved the accuracy in measuring the relationship between lake size and eutrophication and the volume of greenhouse gases emissions from lakes globally. The paper, Greenhouse gas emissions from lakes and impoundments: Upscaling in…

March 27, 2018 @ 10:03am

Today, the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders released its third report, which calls for a high-profile campaign to encourage women-led entrepreneurship. The Council's third report, Attracting Women Entrepreneurs, Encouraging Women to Start Businesses, expressed confidence that such a campaign would boost the two countries' competitive advantage…

March 26, 2018 @ 4:11pm

Last week, the Province of British Columbia and the Nicola First Nations, signed the Nicola Watershed Pilot Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an agreement to explore opportunities to engage governments and stakeholders in the management of water in the Nicola watershed. In recent years, the watershed has experienced complex water management…

March 26, 2018 @ 10:09am

The Government of Canada is testing aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water sampling and monitoring kit for possible use in the Canadian ballast water surveillance programme. The programme is being led a research scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada out of the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, in Burlington,…

March 26, 2018 @ 8:00am

The Province of Quebec has committed to funding approximately half the cost of a green infrastructure project in Montreal that aims to store and filter a large amount of rainwater annually in a neighbourhood redevelopment project. Today, the société de développement Angus (SDA), a Quebec-based organization focused on sustainable urban…

March 23, 2018 @ 5:13pm

A new app provides New Brunswickers with access to flood forecast data for the St. John River basin on their mobile devices. The River Watch Mobile app was launched by volunteers at Civic Tech Fredericton, a non-profit group that works to facilitate knowledge sharing and works collaboratively to build digital…

March 23, 2018 @ 10:28am

Indigenous Canadians spoke out on World Water Day 2018, the start of the International Decade for Action — Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028. They called for a shift in how our society, and societies globally, value water. Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, addressed the…

March 23, 2018 @ 10:03am

Water featured prominently at a strategy session held in Montreal yesterday (March 21, 2018) as part of federal efforts to shape Canada’s future economic growth through innovation. The Economic Strategy Table themed around Regulations to Drive Innovation explored how the regulatory environment and standards can better support the development and…

March 22, 2018 @ 12:34pm

Imperial Oil is under pressure to disclose its water-related risks to shareholders, yet the company maintains that it is already doing enough to be transparent. SHARE, a Canadian leader in responsible investment services and research and Fonds de Solidarité des Travailleurs du Québec (FTQ) filed the request seeking disclosure of comprehensive, comparable,…

March 22, 2018 @ 10:57am

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia will receive funding from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) to support upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret's; Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs; and David Mitchell, Mayor of the Town of Bridgewater, today…

March 22, 2018 @ 10:49am

Stormwater runoff and climate change continue to put a strain on the watersheds of the Toronto region, according to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). These are the findings of the 2018 Toronto and Region Watershed Report Cards that are being released today, on World Water Day, by TRCA. "The report cards are a great…

March 22, 2018 @ 10:06am

A new report by Canadian Water Network (CWN) highlights the mounting financial pressures facing Canadian water utilities. Balancing the Books: Financial Sustainability for Canadian Water Systems acknowledges the widening gap between customer expectations and water system revenue to fully recover costs and provides customizable approaches for municipalities to achieve sustainable…

March 22, 2018 @ 9:00am

Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a $10.6 million Municipal Capital Works investment as a part of its three-year municipal infrastructure program. As a result of the funding, 48 communities will cost-share projects to improve water and wastewater systems, roads, and community-oriented infrastructure. The municipal share in these projects will be…

March 21, 2018 @ 1:06pm

British Columbia-based SHARC International Systems Inc.—formerly International Wastewater Systems Inc.—has announced that its SHARC subsidiary, SHARC Energy Systems (SHARC), will form a joint venture with Scottish Water Horizons to expand and accelerate deployment of a wastewater heat recovery systems across Scotland. The joint venture, called Bandwidth Energy Ltd., has been…

March 21, 2018 @ 12:48pm

Today, the fourth AquaHacking Challenge has launched. AquaHacking 2018 is calling on North American youth (18-35) and sector experts to unite in solving pressing issues in the health of Lake Ontario. As part of the Challenge, multi-disciplinary teams will unite to develop cleantech engineering, web, and mobile solutions that are functional, marketable,…

March 21, 2018 @ 12:31pm

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has posted The Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life: Carbamazepine. Carbamazepine (CBZ), sold under the tradename Tegretol among others, is a medication used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain. It is used in schizophrenia along with…

March 20, 2018 @ 2:35pm

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced the not-for-profit organizations that will receive funding to assist 72 municipalities across Canada strengthening their resilience to the effects of climate change. Resilience efforts include improved stormwater and wastewater management. The organizations will act as FCM’s climate…

March 20, 2018 @ 11:26am

Alert Labs, Kitchener, Ontario-based maker of smart sensors, is now supporting First Nations communities to make drinking water safe. For the month beginning March 22 on World Water Day, until Earth Day on April 22, the company is donating $25 for every online sale of their water sensor, Flowie, to…

March 20, 2018 @ 11:26am

At its 2017 annual Performance Update, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) showcased advances towards its goal of accelerating the pace of environmental performance in Canada's oil sands, including reductions in GHGs and water use. To date, members of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) have voluntarily shared 981 distinct…

March 20, 2018 @ 10:59am

Prince Edward Island’s Alternative Land Use Service (ALUS) contributes to healthy wetlands and water bodies in the province in many ways, such as providing support for alternative watering systems to its livestock producers. Brothers Johnny and Gary Gallant run Ferme Gallant Ltée, a third-generation dairy farm located in St. Timothy,…

March 20, 2018 @ 10:36am

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), B.C. has announced the completion of the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project, which permits long-term financing to ensure the necessary funds to complete the project. At the close of the AAP on March 16 at 4:30 pm, 31 eligible…

March 20, 2018 @ 9:38am

On Friday, the City of Winnipeg released its 2018 State of the Infrastructure Report. This release marks the first time the city has been able to strategically categorize its assets and grade their physical conditions. The city’s current asset inventory has a replacement value of approximately $35 billion, and an…

March 19, 2018 @ 11:29am

The Government of New Brunswick has announced an additional $1.7 million in funding to help improve local emergency preparedness and double the number of regional emergency management co-ordinators. The additional funding is in response to Clerk of the Executive Council Judy Wagner, who released recommendations in review of the province’s…

March 19, 2018 @ 11:07am

The Government of Yukon announced preparations for the next phase of remediation work at the Marwell Tar Pit site in Whitehorse, which will begin this year, to protect the health of soil and groundwater at the site. The seasonally dependent work will include site preparation, excavation of contaminated soils, segregation…

March 19, 2018 @ 10:53am

For the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), west-coast leaders from the U.S. and Canada met to pledge joint action on critical issues, such as climate change and environmental protection. Last week, the Premier of British Columbia, the governors of Oregon and Washington, and the California secretary for…

March 19, 2018 @ 10:33am

The Canadian Water Quality Association has announced that Anne Baliva will be the new executive director. Baliva served as program manager of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) in 2015/16. For the last nine years, and through various volunteer experiences, Anne has embraced and immersed herself in the not-for-profit space. Her…

March 19, 2018 @ 5:00am

Manitoba has introduced Bill 16, the Climate and Green Plan Implementation Act, which includes the Water Protection Amendment Act. “Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions, keep jobs here, and stimulate innovation in clean energy, our economy and workforce,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires.  “We’re providing a blueprint for…

March 16, 2018 @ 12:27pm

In advance of World Water Day 2018 and the launch of the Water Action Decade 2018–2028, the United Nations and its High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) have called for a fundamental shift in global water management. On March 14th, the HLPW, composed of 11 Heads of State and a…

March 16, 2018 @ 11:27am

The lead author of a study focused on the impact of precipitation, thaw and development on Calgary's second-largest river basin suggests that climate change and urban development along the Elbow River may be a recipe for frequent flooding disasters in the future. Babak Farjad and his team investigated the combined…

March 16, 2018 @ 10:54am

The British Columbia government is moving forward with an independent scientific review of hydraulic fracturing to ensure it is meeting the highest safety and environmental standards, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall announced yesterday. The review will be carried out by a three-member independent panel. The members will…

March 16, 2018 @ 10:51am

Canada and New Brunswick have announced their bilateral, which includes funding for green infrastructure in the province. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, announced the signing of the bilateral agreement that will provide more than $673 million over the next…

March 16, 2018 @ 10:06am

Yesterday, Ontario released its first progress report on its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), which details progress and actions taken to meet environmental targets, specifically reducing GHG emissions. The CCAP and the carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below…

March 15, 2018 @ 11:19am

The Haida Nation and Transport Canada have revised a regional plan for B.C.’s coastline to ensure that ships in need of assistance have a designated location to stabilize their condition and reduce the hazards to navigation, human life, and coastal waters. The revised Places of Refuge Contingency Plan for the…

March 15, 2018 @ 10:39am

Recipharm has announced that its 2017 International Environmental Award will be presented to Karen Kidd, professor in Biology, and Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health. Dr. Kidd’s research, which involves multiple partners including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and…

March 15, 2018 @ 10:08am

Yesterday, Ontario’s WaterTAP released a new report at the GLOBE Forum 2018, Water: The next frontier on the path to a low carbon economy, which asserts that clean water technology is vital to meeting GHG targets. The report recommends a continuing focus on clean water technology as a reliable, cost-effective way to…

March 15, 2018 @ 9:41am

New research from Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences has strengthened the connection between low-level exposure to lead and cardiovascular disease. While municipalities have recently pushed to eliminate older lead piping from municipal systems and at residential connections, the new study suggests underscores the risk factor in delaying the…

March 14, 2018 @ 11:49am

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have published the results of a study on how people perceive the taste of recycled wastewater in a blind taste test. The safety of recycled wastewater is well-established and after years of drought in California, drinking recycled wastewater has gained momentum. Public…

March 14, 2018 @ 11:09am

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced 67 initiatives across Canada that will receive funding to support work on green infrastructure and other projects. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the FCM announced the funding to be distributed through…

March 14, 2018 @ 10:13am

At the request of the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the City of Guelph has signed a reciprocal agreement with Nestlé Waters Canada to share data on groundwater in the area of of Guelph and the Guelph-Eramosa Township. The agreement will give Nestlé access to analysis from…

March 13, 2018 @ 12:01pm

Ontario’s Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has developed an economic discussion paper entitled, Economic Instruments to Motivate Stormwater Management on Private Lands, which grew out of research, field studies and demonstration projects, and the work of the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP). A companion to the white paper on the Drainage…

March 13, 2018 @ 11:17am

Ontario has announced that 78 communities will be receiving support for a variety of projects, including replacement and rehabilitation of water systems, through the Community Infrastructure Fund. Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North announced the funding in Dorion Township yesterday where investments will go to a bridge replacement project.…

March 13, 2018 @ 10:01am

Returns from the federal Gas Tax Fund have made a large impact on municipalities in British Columbia. Combined, East Kootenay, Nanaimo, Nelson, North Cowichan, and Squamish will receive nearly $20 million for water-related projects. Both the City of Nelson and the Regional District of East Kootenay will receive $6 million.…

March 12, 2018 @ 11:20am

Bioretention is the process in which contaminants and sedimentation are removed from stormwater runoff using grass buffer strips, sand beds, ponding areas, organic layers, plants, or other media. A new national standard for the construction of bioretention systems in Canada has been posted for public review by the CSA Group, a global provider of…

March 12, 2018 @ 11:04am

The City of Winnipeg has launched new open data tools that will help members of the public learn more about capital projects underway and still seeking funding in the city, which includes the status and timelines of major and minor water infrastructure projects. “Today’s announcement marks another significant step forward…

March 12, 2018 @ 10:53am

On Friday, Mayor Matt Brown of London, Ontario marked the successful completion of the HELP Clean Water (Huron-Elgin-London Project Clean Water) project, a multi-year, multi-million-dollar regional infrastructure program designed to provide plentiful and reliable water to more than 500,000 people in Southwestern Ontario. The project has taken 14 years to move from…

March 12, 2018 @ 10:02am

Nova Scotia’s Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette introduced amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter on March 8th that will impact wastewater energy reuse in the city. The changes are aimed at improving environmental targets in the city and cover two areas: a district energy system for the Cogswell redevelopment…

March 09, 2018 @ 10:26am

Albertan residents are invited to provide input on land use in the North Saskatchewan Region, which will directly impact watershed management in the province. The provincial government is seeking public feedback to help develop the final North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP), which will enshrine government policies that guide environmental protections,…

March 09, 2018 @ 10:16am

With the introduction of its Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act today, the Government of Nova Scotia is revising aquaculture regulations to improve outcomes for the industry. The province has stated that properly regulating the aquaculture industry is a priority in order to achieve both economic and sustainability objectives. “Aquaculture is…

March 09, 2018 @ 10:02am

Kamloops, B.C. has commissioned a stakeholder group to review a potential biosolids strategy that would determine the best uses for the approximately 12,500 tonnes produced annually by the community. City staff have been working with Stantec Consulting Ltd. to devise a long-term plan for management and beneficial reuse of the…

March 09, 2018 @ 9:43am

With Cape Town moving towards Day Zero, the question of how cities manage water is drawing greater attention from decision-makers and the public internationally. Currently, no global database of municipal water management information exists. As such, today the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School…

March 08, 2018 @ 2:35pm

The North American fertilizer industry has pledged $6 million to continue research on ways that farmers can strengthen fertilizer best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient loss to the environment. Donors intend that this funding be leveraged with public sector dollars to maximize its reach. As such, Fertilizer Canada has urged…

March 08, 2018 @ 1:08pm

The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are forwarding infrastructure for Northern Canadian communities, with over $200 million for green infrastructure projects devoted to reducing greenhouse gases, climate change resilience, and water management. Yesterday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Wally Schumann, territorial Minister of Infrastructure; Caroline Cochrane, territorial Minister of Municipal…

March 08, 2018 @ 12:49pm

Water Canada and the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG) have partnered with Illustrator Nathan Wright and KSB Pumps (Canada) to presents a fresh, new comic featuring everyone's favourite lump of non-flushables: Fatberg. The term "fatberg" refers to the congealed lumps of grease, wet wipes, and other non-flushable items that end…

March 07, 2018 @ 6:36pm

Scientists have reduced water evaporation from plants by manipulating a component of the chloroplast that harvests light. The research was undertaken to find a way to reduce water consumption from agricultural crops and improve crop resilience to global temperature increases. Published in Nature Communications the research is part of the…

March 07, 2018 @ 11:35am

Slate Falls Nation has opened a new water treatment plant, allowing the Nation's Band Council to lift 11 long-term drinking water advisories (DWAs) that had been in place since 2004. On Monday, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, joined Lorraine Crane, Chief of Slate Falls Nation at the official grand opening…

March 07, 2018 @ 10:19am

In spite of good progress in water hygiene during the recent decades, contaminated water still causes millions of diseases every year. Most of these diseases are caused by enteric viruses, and better water disinfection methods could help prevent discomfort and even save lives. A new study from the University of…

March 07, 2018 @ 10:15am

A new study published in the Journal of Water Management Modeling, Automating Model Builds for Sequence Optimization of Flood Mitigation Investment Phases, provides insight into how open source data and software can improve flood mitigation project planning by creating modular, flexible plans. Authors Adam S. Erispaha, EmNet, and Christine Brown,…

March 06, 2018 @ 12:24pm

Prince Edward Island’s City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford and Town of Cornwall have partnered to promote Fix a Leak Week, which encourages the public to find and repair leaks in their homes or businesses to help conserve water. Fix a Leak Week, which was originally initiated by the US…

March 06, 2018 @ 10:37am

AGAT Laboratories has appointed Scott Preston to the position of vice president. Preston holds Environmental Management and Technical Diplomas as well as other related technical and professional development training from a variety of organizations. Since joining AGAT in 2013, Preston has been leading the significant growth of AGAT Laboratories operations…

March 06, 2018 @ 10:13am

Kitchener, Ontario has announced the creation of a sustainability office and the appointment of its first sustainability officer, Claire Bennett, who will begin her role at the city on April 3rd, building on the city’s work in managing stormwater and lowering GHG emissions. Bennett has spent the last seven years…

March 06, 2018 @ 9:59am

Ontario has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas in the communities of Chatham and Thamesville after extensive flooding throughout the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The floods in Chatham and Thamesville were caused by heavy rainfall and warm temperatures that melted deep snow in the Thames River…

March 05, 2018 @ 10:47am

Saint John, New Brunswick formally launched its Open Data portal in conjunction with International Open Data Day this past Saturday, March 3rd, including data on its floodway and flood risk areas in the city. The portal has been online for a few months as city staff continued to build its…

March 05, 2018 @ 10:36am

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada hosted its third annual meeting of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council in Toronto, on March 2, 2018. The group discussed ways to strengthen economic connections between Canada and Asia, including opportunities to promote Canada's clean technologies and environmental services. The meeting was held so that…

March 03, 2018 @ 5:25pm

Ontario has announced three funding programs to assist Ontario-based researchers. Funding will be available for up to 289 research projects across the province under the three programs. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, made the announcement today. “The Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards help provide…

March 02, 2018 @ 3:18pm

Yukon’s Premier and Finance Minister, Sandy Silver, delivered the 2018–19 budget yesterday in the Legislative Assembly. Local construction activity within the Territory will continue to be supported by public spending, in particular for key infrastructure, such as water and wastewater services. As such, the budget features a five-year capital plan…

March 02, 2018 @ 1:18pm

The City of Thunder Bay has released its 2017 Drinking Water Quality Annual Report, meeting or exceeding all provincially mandated parameters for drinking water quality. “Our City’s water is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This report confirms testing continues to show day after day— residents can…

March 02, 2018 @ 10:23am

The world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence is now available in Canada. Xylem, a leading global water technology company has developed a new smart, interconnected wastewater pumping system under the Flygt brand that senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapts its performance in real time and provides…

March 01, 2018 @ 1:45pm

The Province of British Columbia has called for input from residents on the next steps to defend B.C.’s land, coast, and waters from oil spills. “We understand the personal connection British Columbians have with our environment and how passionate we all are in making sure it is not put at…

March 01, 2018 @ 10:18am

Ottawa’s BluMetric Environmental Inc. has announced revenue of $7.6 million and net income of $101,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, ended December 31st, 2017. In the last quarter, BluMetric continued to focus on key markets and key clients to support its growth. The mining, government, food & beverage, military, industrial wastewater, and…

March 01, 2018 @ 9:50am

The word around the water cooler is that Budget 2018 was successful in continuing the federal government’s investment in land and freshwater protections improving access to clean drinking water for First Nations communities. Association of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde noted that First Nations successfully advocated for $11.8 billion over 6…

February 28, 2018 @ 11:50am

A tiny snail could be a big help to researchers measuring water quality along the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic coast. Eastern mudsnails live in coastal areas from Nova Scotia to Georgia. In many of these areas, human activities have brought large amounts of nitrogen to coastal habitats. Nitrogen is an…

February 28, 2018 @ 11:25am

Ontario's Clearford Water Systems Inc. announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Sustainable Water Investments Inc. (SWI), a Vancouver-based investment vehicle. SWI was formed and capitalized by a European bond issuance platform. Through the bond, SWI has agreed to arrange the financing, up to 100 per cent…

February 28, 2018 @ 11:15am

Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the 2018-19 federal budget today in Ottawa today. The budget featured a wide range of new spending, including many line items of relevance to Water Canada readers. Infrastructure One major change was a delay in infrastructure spending. There will be $7.2 billion less spending on infrastructure…

February 27, 2018 @ 7:33pm

On Friday, February 23rd, the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA) submitted a Request for Review to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) in collaboration with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA). OOWA’s and FOCA’s joint submission to the ECO requests that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs review the efficacy of the provisions…

February 27, 2018 @ 2:38pm

Georgetown, Prince Edward Island has received funding from the Canadian Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for its new wastewater lagoon, which has helped secure its economic and residential future. “We are really excited about this,” said Dorothy MacDonald, Georgetown’s chief administrative officer, pointing to the town’s new wastewater lagoon, which…

February 27, 2018 @ 10:40am

Ducks Unlimited Canada (UDC) is honouring National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 26th to March 2nd, by elevating the stories of conversation success in combating invasive species. "Winning the battle against invasive species takes science, engineering and people who are committed to pitching in on the ground," said Karla Guyn,…

February 27, 2018 @ 9:59am

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre has released its February flood outlook, which found that the threat of widespread major spring flooding is low in most areas of the province. “The combination of drier soil conditions in the fall and below-average winter precipitation means there is currently a low risk of…

February 26, 2018 @ 10:44am

The City of Penticton, British Columbia has partnered with other Canadian municipalities, as well as the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) to help raise awareness of flushable wipes and their damage to city wastewater systems. So-called flushable wipes serve as a…

February 26, 2018 @ 9:42am

A low-cost, efficient one-step method to remove the anxiety drug Diazepam from recycled water and wastewater, using titanium dioxide nanofibers has been developed by researchers headed by University of Johannesburg’s professor Vinod Kumar Gupta. Diazepam (Valium) is used worldwide. It is a member of the benzodiazepine drug group. Prescription drugs…

February 26, 2018 @ 9:13am

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is moving into the next phase in developing practical ways to reduce the amount of phosphorus getting into local waterways from agricultural and municipal drains. “We have involved a lot of skilled people who are eager to do their part to improve local…

February 23, 2018 @ 4:10pm

The governments of Canada and Ontario have released the final Lake Erie Action Plan. The plan identifies more than 120 federal, provincial, and partner actions that make use of mandatory and voluntary approaches, to help achieve the goal of reducing phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent from 2008…

February 23, 2018 @ 2:36pm

Surrey, B.C. continues proactive measures to mitigate sea level rise in anticipation of changes through 2200 with a coastal flood adaptation strategy. “While the coastal flooding threat is not imminent, it is predicted that the sea level will rise by one metre in 2100, and two metres by 2200, which…

February 23, 2018 @ 11:09am

Canada has announced $2.4 million in funding to support the work of ZIP Committee of Sud-de-l’Estuaire in its efforts to protect coastal habitats in the St. Lawrence Estuary. Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian…

February 23, 2018 @ 10:46am

Yesterday, British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced that his government will leave the matter of its rights to protect its coastal waters from potential oil spills to a court ruling. This comes after proposed restrictions in January on the transport of diluted bitumen through the province caused backlash from Alberta…

February 23, 2018 @ 10:12am

Hundreds of young designers, developers, and subject matter experts from across Canada joined thousands of participants in more than 35 international cities on February 10-11, 2018 to tackle endemic challenges facing our world’s oceans and fisheries. First organized by the Department of State in 2014, the 2018 Fishackathon was produced…

February 23, 2018 @ 9:44am

Swim Drink Fish Canada has launched a third version of its beach and water quality app, Swim Guide 3.3, and continues to work towards open data on water quality across the country. To date nearly 2 million users have accessed the Swim Guide, a free app that helps people find…

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00pm

On Earth Day 2018, the Earth Day Network (EDN) will launch an ongoing effort to end plastic pollution. Yesterday, EDN announced that this April 22nd they will be focused on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution, by encouraging support for a global effort to eliminate single use plastics along…

February 22, 2018 @ 10:56am

With approval from the Saint John Common Council, orthophosphate will temporarily be added to the city’s west-side water supply in order to stabilize scale formation on copper pipes. After receiving reports from west side customers of leaking pipes following the transition from surface to ground water in September 2017, Saint…

February 22, 2018 @ 9:48am

The Trudeau government has made progress in its efforts to reverse the impacts of muzzling under the previous government, says a new survey report released by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). But much more work needs to be done, says the union that represents over…

February 22, 2018 @ 8:11am

Yesterday, B.C.’s Saltworks Technologies announced that its achieved zero liquid discharge at a US chemical plant, treating saline wastewater to 99.9 per cent recovery. The trial came after the U.S. chemical facility engaged Saltworks to rapidly deliver a pilot program that would remove salt from their effluent, helping to meet…

February 21, 2018 @ 12:52pm

Alberta has released a draft of its Moose Lake 10-kilometre Management Zone Plan (10KMZ), intended to recognize the significance of the traditional lands to the First Nation and Métis people of Fort McKay. The plan outlines proposals for management requirements and regulatory controls that would maintain the treaty rights and opportunities…

February 21, 2018 @ 12:07pm

Researchers at Concordia University applied new research in asset management and were able to cut lifecycle costs for road and water networks in Kelowna, B.C. by 33 per cent. The technical paper, Multiobjective Framework for Managing Municipal Integrated Infrastructure, was published by the Journal of Construction and Engineering Management and…

February 21, 2018 @ 10:48am

At last week’s council meeting for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), specifications for the design, construction, and financing of ongoing flood mitigation projects in Fort McMurray were addressed. Since 2013, the RMWB has installed several flood mitigation structures. Recently, there was some uncertainty about the most effective design…

February 20, 2018 @ 12:04pm

The governments of Canada and Alberta announced investment in a disaster mitigation project for the Town of Peace River, to protect the town and its water infrastructure from landslides. A landslide in June 2016 significantly impacted utility lines, roadways, and buildings surrounding the 99 Street slope. The funding announced today will go toward building an anchored…

February 20, 2018 @ 10:46am

The District of Tofino has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for the District of Tofino Flood Mapping Project. The project will map flood plains, sea level rise planning areas, and identify tsunami evacuation routes and safe areas. The funding comes from the Flood Risk Assessment,…

February 20, 2018 @ 10:27am

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is working with the Town of Deer Lake and the Town of Reidville on plans for the safe removal of debris from a Protected Public Water Supply area. In April 2017, the department received complaints from a resident who had observed…

February 20, 2018 @ 9:59am

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is enhancing community partnership and water level monitoring on the lower Churchill River by installing new monitoring stations and initiating a Community River Watch Program. Seven new water level and climate monitoring stations have been activated in the Churchill River watershed and three new…

February 16, 2018 @ 12:00pm

The Regional Municipality of York has updated its Corporate Asset Management Policy, improving the coordination and affordability in the management of over $5 billion in water and wastewater assets. Since the region initially adopted its Corporate Asset Management Policy in 2013, its total asset holding have risen to over $11 billion…

February 16, 2018 @ 10:42am

Island Water Technologies Inc. (IWT) has announced a $500,000 seed capital investment by Island Capital Partners and Natural Products Canada for water technology commercialization. The deal comes on the heels of a string of successes for IWT, including its recent acceptance into esteemed water accelerator, Imagine H2O, as well as commercial…

February 16, 2018 @ 10:13am

At its February 12th, 2018 meeting, the City Council of Orillia, Ontario awarded a contract to Wamco Municipal Products to complete the installation of smart meters for water use. Installation of the technology will take place throughout 2018. The smart meters will assist the city and its residents in integrating…

February 16, 2018 @ 9:54am

Ontario has recognized innovative leadership in rural communities through the inaugural Rural Ontario Leaders Awards, winners of the award include innovative freshwater users. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the recipients of the awards at a ceremony in Newcastle at the Rural Ontario Summit. “I am…

February 15, 2018 @ 1:25pm

The Government of Canada announced yesterday that it will support the development of new tool that can aid Ontario farmers in determining the efficacy of drainage tiles on their land. The aim of the tool is to mitigate risks that threaten the viability of farms, such as unpredictable weather. The…

February 15, 2018 @ 11:19am

Nova Scotia has announced that the province will soon hire a prosecutor to focus on environmental law, including enforcing protections of the province’s water supply. defending the health of rivers and streams and safeguarding the province’s water supply. “We want to ensure that companies and individuals are following the legislation…

February 15, 2018 @ 10:23am

Yesterday, Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science launched the new Cleantech Strategy, which includes renewed support for existing accelerator programs, such as the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP). The new cleantech strategy will help cleantech companies launch products and services, find new customers, and scale up in a…

February 14, 2018 @ 10:18am

Yesterday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced six federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the largest of which invests in the sector's climate and water sustainability. The Partnership is a $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will guide government investments in the sector over the next five years. Developed with input from provincial and territorial…

February 14, 2018 @ 9:51am

Last week, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-69, which would introduce the Impact Assessment Act, replacing the Environmental Assessment Act. “Previous reforms to environmental laws and regulations eroded public trust and put our environment and communities at risk,” said the government’s statement on the Bill. “In response, the government…

February 13, 2018 @ 3:06pm

Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released its report, Fertilizer Application Patterns and Trends and Their Implications for Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, which analyzes existing data on phosphorus transmission to Lake Erie. The report has concluded that commercial fertilizer and manure applications are the largest sources…

February 13, 2018 @ 1:45pm

Saskatchewan has discovered the wisdom of an old bioremediation tool for dealing with overburdened rural wastewater treatment systems: short-rotation willow coppice (SRWC). At the recent Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities annual convention, Glenn Baxter, a village councillor in Val Marie, a community in the province’s southwest, came across Bionera, a company that…

February 13, 2018 @ 11:32am

  The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation Board of Directors (OFNTSC) has appointed Melanie Debassige as the new Executive Director for the OFNTSC. Her appointment to the role will begin on February 12, 2018 at the Toronto Service Centre. “The Corporation is pleased that we have found such a…

February 13, 2018 @ 9:35am

Ontario’s EMAGIN has been selected from over 80 companies to participate in the first United Utilities Innovation Lab as a solution in the Future of Water Category. The Innovation Lab will enable EMAGIN to showcase its solution under different operating conditions and across multiple processes. The team will be embedded…

February 12, 2018 @ 2:12pm

PEI has recognized its water successes, acknowledging its Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program and the successful completion of flood prevention infrastructure. The Evangeline Community Pasture is located near the community of Wellington. It amounts to about 240 hectares of grazing lands and can accommodate 700 head of cattle. “It…

February 12, 2018 @ 12:31pm

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) has released its preliminary spring runoff outlook for 2018. With the dry conditions in the summer and fall of 2017, combined with below-normal winter precipitation thus far, a below-normal spring runoff is expected across southern Saskatchewan this year. Conditions are near-normal across northern areas of…

February 12, 2018 @ 11:51am

Slate Falls First Nation now have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water after ending long-term drinking water advisories that have been in effect since 2004. Eleven long-term drinking water advisories were lifted by the community on February 5th, 2018, after final testing was completed earlier this year. Minister of Indigenous…

February 12, 2018 @ 9:41am

Canada’s Department of Indigenous Services announced today that a long-term drinking water advisory in Tsal'alh First Nation in British Columbia was lifted on February 5th, 2018. Located in the Central Interior-Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia, Tsal'alh First Nation’s advisory was in effect since November 30, 2016. "I am pleased…

February 09, 2018 @ 10:49am

The Government of Northwest Territories has released its 2018–19 Budget projections, which include $500,000 in new spending for water infrastructure projects and the same for the territory’s climate change adaptation program. Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the budget, highlighting a $1.713 billion budget for departmental spending that addresses the…

February 09, 2018 @ 10:30am

The District of Sechelt’s Water Resource Centre has been certified LEED Gold, in part for the innovative use of a greenhouse to help filter wastewater. Andrew Ambrozy, national business development manager, Maple Reinders, presented the District of Sechelt, by way of the council, with the LEED Gold certificate. “The last…

February 09, 2018 @ 9:57am

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) has released a report examining the human footprint in the province, providing insights to human activity within watersheds and the changes to the province from human-made waterbodies, among other activities. The report, The Status of Human Footprint in Alberta, details the threats to biodiversity as a result…

February 08, 2018 @ 11:39am

A deep lake cooling system that provides district energy in Toronto will be expanded in a joint venture from Allied Properties REIT, Enwave Energy Corporation, and RioCan REIT. The thermal energy storage facility consists of two 6-million-Litre tanks underneath The Well, a mixed-use residential, commercial, and retail development project. The…

February 08, 2018 @ 10:21am

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded a contract to an Alberta-made cleantech solution, a portable device to measure water contaminants. The contract, in the amount of $267,467, was awarded to to FREDsense Technologies, of Calgary, Alberta, for its Field Ready Electrochemical Detector (FRED®). The device features an electrochemical biosensor that uses…

February 08, 2018 @ 9:26am

Yesterday, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that aim to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect Canada’s fish populations and their habitat. The proposed amendments would restore the protections to all fish and fish habitats that were lost…

February 07, 2018 @ 1:45pm

In a report to its City Council, Kingston, Ontario has found it is well on track to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target, but that it will need additional measures to meet its 2030 target of a 30 per cent reduction, including biogas generated from wastewater processing. Since the implementation…

February 07, 2018 @ 12:25pm

A study released last week from the University of Toronto has uncovered new insights into the role of Arctic freshwaters in the global carbon cycle. The study looked at how dissolved organic carbon (DOC) stored in Arctic permafrost, which is being released into Arctic watersheds as a result of physical…

February 07, 2018 @ 11:57am

Saint John Water has partnered with external experts to better understand why some customers have experienced copper pipe leaks after the commissioning of the South Bay Wellfield in September 2017. Since the commissioning, Saint John Water has received 107 reports of leaking pipes from customers serviced with the new ground…

February 07, 2018 @ 10:39am

A proponent has been selected to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) the Capital Regional District (CRD) Residuals Treatment Facility located at the Hartland Landfill. Maple Reinders announced that Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG), a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a development partner, has…

February 06, 2018 @ 2:11pm

The federal government will fund a floodplain mapping project in Ontario, announced Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, this morning. Over 18 months, $46,000 will be given to the province of Ontario under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) to support updated floodplain mapping of the Mariposa…

February 06, 2018 @ 12:53pm

Today, the Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Jane Philpott, and Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, announced a water main extension project, which will expand the distribution of treated drinking water to two federally-operated schools on reserve. The tendering process is already underway. Construction is…

February 05, 2018 @ 2:13pm

Canada and Yukon are investing $15 million in water infrastructure to ensure Northern Canadians have access to reliable and modern water services. Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell; Yukon Minister of Community Services, and John Streicker,; and Mayor of Dawson City, Wayne Potoroka announced $15 million in joint federal-territorial funding under the Small Communities Fund to…

February 05, 2018 @ 10:23am

On Friday, Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for British Columbia, announced approximately $10.7 million in federal and provincial funding to support work on 30 flood mitigation projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). Through…

February 05, 2018 @ 10:00am

The Province of Alberta will support a partnership between the Kainai First Nation and The Rockies Institute to boost climate change education, research, and planning in the water-stressed community. The Kainai First Nation will use a grant, funded by Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, to work with The Rockies Institute to…

February 05, 2018 @ 9:30am

Yesterday, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced that it has cancelled the National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF). Projects that were funded through 2019 will remain in place, but no further projects will receive funding. From September 2014 and March 31st, 2017, NWCF contributed nearly $25.5 million in funding to…

February 02, 2018 @ 2:49pm

During the 28th UN-Water Meeting held in Rome this week, the Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy were officially launched. The guidelines were formulated for use by “officers responsible for formulating and implementing government strategy to improve water information, with the aim of advancing water policy, planning, management…

February 02, 2018 @ 2:26pm

The City of Lacombe, Alberta has been selected as the successful proponent to the North Red Deer Wastewater Services Commission’s Request for Proposal for management and operations services. “Council was pleased with our team’s efforts in assembling the proposal, and the tremendous job done by City administration and our operations staff…

February 02, 2018 @ 12:05pm

Leaders from the Government of Yukon and affected First Nations met in Dawson on January 29th to discuss next steps for finalizing the Regional Land Use Plan for the Peel watershed. Premier Sandy Silver; Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai; Minister of Environment Pauline Frost; Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta…

February 02, 2018 @ 11:39am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced the recipients of the 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards. The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada. Municipalities are being recognized for delivering innovative solutions in eight categories: asset management, brownfields, climate change, energy, sustainable…

February 01, 2018 @ 12:24pm

The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 IAGLR Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a person who has made a notable impact on Great Lakes research with an outstanding body of work over many years, recognizing important and continued contributions to the field over…

February 01, 2018 @ 11:43am

Yesterday, the State of Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder announced the creation of a new Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp with founding members: Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Together, these jurisdictions represent more than 90 per cent of Great Lakes surface area. The partnership will commit strategic and…

February 01, 2018 @ 10:37am

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the annual call for proposals for seven existing environmental funding programs that will provide over $15 million to help Canada address climate change, conserve the natural environment, and protect fresh water. Projects that could be funded under the program…

February 01, 2018 @ 10:04am

Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante, and the chair of the executive committee in charge of finance, Benoit Dorais, have presented Montréal's Three-Year Capital Works Program for 2018–2020, outlining major investments in water infrastructure. The program covers a variety of projects and programs that the city plans to carry out or undertake…

January 31, 2018 @ 1:45pm

The Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) has released its annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report for 2017, Ontario’s Climate Act: From Plan to Progress, which found that the province is improving in managing GHGs, but that it has progress to make, some of which can be achieved through…

January 31, 2018 @ 12:58pm

From September 25–29th 2017, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conducted its 114th convention and voted on a number of resolutions to bring forward to the provincial and federal governments, a number of which are concerned with management of water resources within the province. A few resolutions had to…

January 31, 2018 @ 11:41am

British Columbia announced that it is preparing a second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response, and recovery from potential oil spills and protect waterways and the broader environment. The first phase of the regulations was approved in October 2017. The Phase-1 regulations apply to pipelines transporting any quantity of…

January 31, 2018 @ 10:15am

First Nations leaders have told the federal government that their plan to end 91 Drinking Water Advisories (DWAs) in First Nations communities doesn’t go far enough, omitting seven communities that need to be included. Last week, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services, held…

January 30, 2018 @ 12:19pm

The Alberta government is instituting measures to protect Beaver Pond and requiring additional wetland monitoring related to the construction of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Following recommendations of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), the minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, signed a Ministerial Order directing Alberta Transportation and KGL…

January 30, 2018 @ 11:27am

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, has released its 2018 Global Supply Chain Report, which highlights the efforts of corporations from around the globe to curb emissions and water use. One hundred companies appear on the A List, which has been produced at the request of 99 CDP supply chain…

January 30, 2018 @ 10:33am

Kitchener, Ontario’s EMAGIN Inc. was selected as the winner of the Innovate@IWS Industrial award at the International Water Summit (IWS), which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from January 15–18th. According to the competition’s host, Isle Utilities, “the competition and pavilion showcased the best of the best in…

January 30, 2018 @ 9:43am

With the passage of Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, in December, the elevated role of provincial Conservation Authorities (CAs) has garnered the attention of Ontario municipalities struggling with the tax burden of supporting CA operating budgets and those concerned about the accountability and transparency of…

January 29, 2018 @ 11:35am

Saskatoon’s Delco Automation, a provider of process automation and control systems in the water sector, received a minority equity investment from BDC Capital. The investment is a part of $57 million in recent minority equity investments into high-growth, mid-sized Canadian businesses made by BDC Capital. The investment arm of Business…

January 29, 2018 @ 10:04am

The federal ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada has begun a study on the Ottawa River watershed, and it is engaging Canadians on this initiative. The study is in response to Motion M-104—from Member of Parliament, David McGuinty—which was adopted by the House of Commons, on May 3, 2017.…

January 25, 2018 @ 6:09pm

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has completed installation of its interim UV treatment system at its chlorination station ahead of schedule, delivering the system Friday, January 19 which helped avoid a boil water notice over the weekend. The system was expected to begin operation in February. “The UV treatment…

January 25, 2018 @ 10:14am

DTAH announced that the company has been selected as part of a collaborative team to design and implement the infrastructure and integrated public realm that will support future city-building initiatives within Toronto’s Port Lands. The Toronto’s Port Lands project will play a major role in establishing a framework for Villiers Island—setting…

January 25, 2018 @ 9:21am

In its third Environmental Performance Review of Canada, the OECD has released its latest analysis of Canada's progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on climate change mitigation and urban wastewater management. Despite Canada's vast expanses of wilderness, clean air, and abundance of natural assets, the OECD…

January 24, 2018 @ 3:32pm

The Premier of Prince Edward Island, Wade MacLauchlan, has written a letter to his Nova Scotia counterpart and the federal government expressing his concern for any effluent treatment facility that would discharge treated water into the Northumberland Strait. In his letter to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change…

January 24, 2018 @ 11:26am

The District of Squamish has had to switch its Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to backup operations after a mechanical failure in a clarifier tank. District Public Works senior staff met with Council yesterday to discuss the need for emergency repairs required. The rotating steel structure in the circular clarifier…

January 24, 2018 @ 10:28am

Montreal’s Deschênes Group Inc. (DGI) has acquired Corix Water Products (CWP), a division of Corix Infrastructure Inc. The acquisition has given DGI access to the U.S. market and is expected to push the company's sales past the billion-dollar mark. The acquisition, effective as of January 1, 2018, has expanded the geographic…

January 23, 2018 @ 12:10pm

Canada’s Asian Carp Program will receive up to $20 million over five years due to a new government investment. Announced by Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the funding represents a significant commitment…

January 23, 2018 @ 11:52am

Researchers in Japan have found that a certain species of moss is capable of removing lead from water in substantial quantities. Funaria hygrometrica was found by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan to have absorbed lead up to 74 per cent of its dry weight…

January 23, 2018 @ 10:30am

In Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador erosion of the banks of the Humber River are causing concern for residents and municipal water and sewer infrastructure. While water levels have been slowly dropping in both the Humber River and Deer Lake, there has been significant, ongoing concerns over two local roads. And…

January 23, 2018 @ 10:08am

On Friday, the District of West Kelowna announced that construction had begun on a $3.5-million project at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will expand the outfall into Okanagan Lake. The new outfall line will go from the plant, crossing Whitworth Road and through the City of West Kelowna’s Pebble…

January 22, 2018 @ 3:07pm

Canada has announced that it will make investments, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), in innovative sensors and web-based platforms for better irrigation and crop management that could help yield more crops while reducing the amount of pesticides used. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the…

January 22, 2018 @ 2:44pm

In the summer of 2017, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) held a workshop that sought to apply old piece of provincial legislation, the Drainage Act, to 21st century stormwater management. Now, the CVC has released a summary paper, following the October technical white paper, Making Green Infrastructure Mainstream: Exploring…

January 22, 2018 @ 10:30am

Following on last week’s announcement from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) regarding Atlantic Canada flooding, the IBC has released an online tool to increase consumer knowledge of home insurance coverage from water infiltration. Accessible on the Infoinsurance.ca web site, this online animation tool features a home beset by all kinds of…

January 22, 2018 @ 9:39am

Today, Wolseley Canada Inc. announced the appointment of Kelly Martin to the position of Chief Financial Officer; the promotion of Brian Scott to the position of vice-president, Waterworks; and Yves Bélanger to the position of vice president of supply chain. In her new role, Martin will be responsible for the overall…

January 19, 2018 @ 1:50pm

Canada’s Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, was in Yellowknife this week to speak with the territory’s legislators about his office’s report on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies from October 2017, which indicated the hazards of changing precipitation to the territory, among other things. The audit focused on the work of…

January 19, 2018 @ 12:12pm

A pilot project that supports First Nations government internships in northern B.C. has received a significant boost thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Government of Canada. The Trust and the Department of Indigenous Services Canada have committed a total of $480,000 over the next three…

January 19, 2018 @ 11:28am

Ontario’s York and Durham regional municipalities have completed a study requested by the province’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on strategies to further improve the phosphorus discharge from the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (Duffin Creek Plant) entering Lake Ontario. The Duffin Creek Plant is located on the waters…

January 19, 2018 @ 11:12am

Chamber of Marine Commerce president Bruce Burrows posted the Chambers' "2018 wish list for legislative and policymakers to build on the economic momentum of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping in Canada and the U.S" this week. In the document, he stated, “2017 was a year of significant cargo increases…

January 18, 2018 @ 11:21am

Over three-quarters of British Columbia’s population live in urbanized watersheds. These watersheds are a cornerstone of ecological and human health as well as economic and social activity. Important as they are, urban waters are threatened. Concerns about water quality, low flows and flooding, and habitat loss are increasingly common in…

January 17, 2018 @ 5:43pm

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) will be presenting Canada’s Lystek International Ltd. with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Award (GEELA) at a special award ceremony held at EPA’s headquarters in Sacramento, California to honour the impact of its biosolids solution. The award will be presented to the company in…

January 17, 2018 @ 2:35pm

Imagine H2O has announced the startups that will take part in the 2018 accelerator program, including two Canadian firms, Island Water Technologies and H2nanO. From over 200 companies in 36 countries that applied to the organization’s 9th annual program, 13 companies have been selected to participate. Through the evaluation process,…

January 17, 2018 @ 2:21pm

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging residents affected by flooding in Atlantic Canada to call their insurance representatives immediately if they have damage to report. "We have seen the devastating effects that flooding can have on communities across our region," said Tom O'Handley, manager, government relations, Atlantic, IBC. "Warming temperatures and melting snow are…

January 17, 2018 @ 9:18am

The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing in Alberta water and wastewater services, with four new projects being funded by the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, were joined by Vermilion Mayor Caroline McAuley to…

January 17, 2018 @ 8:49am

While it has been observed that increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 are causing the world's oceans to grow more acidic over time, new research offers first evidence that elevated atmospheric CO2 levels are causing increased acidity of freshwaters. The research also suggests that freshwaters may acidify faster than ocean water.…

January 17, 2018 @ 8:45am

Canada and Quebec have announced financial support for a project to improve water-related infrastructure in Montreal West. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce‒Westmount, and Kathleen Weil, Minister Responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions, Minister Responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebeckers…

January 17, 2018 @ 8:36am

At the end of December, the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) announced that it had received a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, which will support IAGLR’s Great Lakes restoration work on the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs). Billions of dollars have…

January 15, 2018 @ 12:25pm

Last week, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that it would invest in coastal science and technology education for secondary students, with an emphasis on Indigenous and rural students. With support from the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, secondary school students will learn about careers in dynamic…

January 15, 2018 @ 11:57am

Disposal of organic waste and on-site treatment of wastewater into public sanitary sewers can be a challenge and cost for a variety of industries—including producers of medical marijuana. That's why Aurora Cannabis has completed a strategic investment in Micron Waste Technologies for the treatment of organic waste generated in the cultivation…

January 15, 2018 @ 10:36am

Gowling WLG is pleased to announce the launch of Canada North, a practice group of lawyers who are dedicated to serving clients in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and the northern regions of many provinces. Encompassing a breadth of legal areas—including corporate commercial, environmental, mining, Indigenous, procurement, and energy law, as well…

January 12, 2018 @ 12:47pm

The Government of British Columbia has released an intention document that outlines potential policies to improve water management and the protection of the environment by developing livestock watering regulations under the province’s Water Sustainability Act. An intentions paper, the document proposes new regulations that would improve livestock watering practices on range…

January 12, 2018 @ 12:29pm

Yesterday, Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, launched the 2018 winter season at Fundy National Park and announced $1.7M in new infrastructure funding for water distribution. “The return of winter operations at Fundy is amazing news! Not only will it allow…

January 12, 2018 @ 11:57am

The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is a state-owned corporation which conducts research to inform fisheries management and conservation decisions across the country. The KMFRI was in need of a way to quickly compare water quality parameters, both in the field and the lab. In December 2017, Ontario-based MANTECH introduced a new…

January 11, 2018 @ 3:48pm

CULTEC, Inc. and Armtec LP have announced that an agreement has been reached for Armtec to be the exclusive distributor in Canada for CULTEC’s stormwater management products including the Contactor, Recharger, and CULTEC StormFilter series of products. Yvon Lespérance, VP of business development and marketing for Armtec said, “CULTEC is…

January 11, 2018 @ 2:50pm

Today the federal government and the government of New Brunswick announced support for water and solar projects in Atlantic Canada. Improved stormwater infrastructure in New Maryland, NB will help curb flooding.   Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton; the Honourable Stephen Horsman, New Brunswick Deputy Premier and Minister of Families and Children;…

January 11, 2018 @ 1:41pm

The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has announced the appointment of Ellen Stitt as the newest member of its board of directors. Stitt graduated from the Water Quality Technician program at Durham College in 2013 and brings a wide variety of practical experience as an operator of both drinking water and wastewater…

January 11, 2018 @ 12:28pm

Prince Edward Island Premier Wade McLaughlan has announced changes to the provincial cabinet following the announcement that Allen Roach and Alan McIsaac would not be running in the next provincial election. The Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) that has taken on new portfolios are: Jordan Brown, MLA for Charlottetown-Brighton…

January 11, 2018 @ 12:23pm

Today, Toronto Mayor John Tory joined leaders from all three levels of government at the water’s edge to mark the start of construction on the Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project. The Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project is designed to optimize water and stormwater infrastructure by stabilizing the shoreline…

January 11, 2018 @ 12:03pm

Today, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $600,000 in clean water technologies to benefit oil sands work in Western Canada. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will receive almost $600,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and $200,000 from Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to design and…

January 10, 2018 @ 3:22pm

The Government of Saskatchewan concluded its invasive mussel monitoring program for 2017 with no confirmed findings of invasive mussels in 90 waterbodies sampled throughout the province. “Prevention is of the utmost importance,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Our government focuses on public awareness through education and targeted signage about our…

January 10, 2018 @ 11:25am

On Monday, the City of Nelson, B.C. approved updates to its 2007 Water Master Plan and agreed to the final adoption of the 2018 Water Sewer rates in the Fees and Charges Bylaw during a regular city council meeting. Since 2007, Nelson has been able to achieve a 30 per…

January 10, 2018 @ 10:42am

Halifax Water has successfully completed the initial deployment of the largest water meter installation project in its history and is moving ahead with full deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, the utility announced yesterday. In the summer of 2017, Halifax Water began the rollout of AMI technology to a few…

January 10, 2018 @ 9:59am

The Great Lakes will soon have a network of greater capacity to observe ecosystem changes thanks to a plan hatched by a University of Windsor researcher and funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. Aaron Fisk and his…

January 10, 2018 @ 9:51am

The government of British Columbia is conducting a review of the reliance on external professionals to evaluate the best practices of the natural resource sector, including watershed protection. Professional reliance is a regulatory principle that is used in several resource management domains in B.C., including forestry and mining. Experts are…

January 10, 2018 @ 9:36am

On December 29th, Canada submitted its 7th National Communication and 3rd Biennial Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The government noted that Canada is making strong progress toward meeting its 2030 climate target, according to the year-end report submitted to the United Nations. The extensive report to…

January 08, 2018 @ 11:45am

At the end of December, the government of New Brunswick released its final water strategy document for the province. The strategy was based on input from stakeholders, the public, and First Nations. “New Brunswick now has a long-term water strategy that articulates a set of specific goals and planned actions…

January 08, 2018 @ 10:51am

The mayor of Charlottetown, P.E.I., has responded to comments made during the November 29th debate of the province's new Water Act. Mayor Clifford Lee responded to what the city perceived as slights to the jurisdiction's efforts to reduce water consumption. The full statement follows. "I am disappointed with the lack of…

January 08, 2018 @ 10:28am

An international research team led by Oxford University has published a new paper in Science in which they chart a new framework to value water for the Sustainable Development Goals. They provide a four-part framework for valuing and managing water that requires parallel and coordinated action in measurement, valuation, trade-offs, and capable institutions…

January 05, 2018 @ 2:10pm

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has released a draft NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework (CCSF) for public comment. NWT Premier Bob McLeod wrote in his introduction to the draft framework that through public engagement in 2016–17, “People expressed their concerns about the impacts of climate change,” which included…

January 05, 2018 @ 12:12pm

High Five Basking in the halo of Canada 150 celebrations, 2017 was a year of political tension and turmoil when it comes to our water. It’s not that all that tension was bad, but the events that transpired created a sense of greater uncertainty about what lies ahead due to…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

1. Every Drop Counts in Ontario While Canada continues to lag behind other OECD nations with its approach to pricing carbon, we know that there is a tremendous opportunity to reduce vast amounts of energy across Canada through municipal water systems. That’s why the release of the Ontario’s Environment Commissioner’s…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

1. Liberal spending Since 2015, the Liberal government has taken bold steps to improve many aspects of water in Canada, clearer communications about science, stronger engagement with First Nations and pledges to end Drinking Water Advisories, and they’ve made it clear that water infrastructure is a top priority, too. So, it’s…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

1. National watershed assessment We rejoice when water is prominent in the mainstream media. When WWF-Canada released the first-ever national assessment of Canada’s freshwater underscoring the need for a national framework to manage water quality and freshwater resources in June, the national press and Prime Minister took notice. Elizabeth Hendriks,…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

1. Global trade agenda Welcome to 2017, where some have declared that Canada has lost control of its global trade agenda. There is great uncertainty around NAFTA, Brexit, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Latin America, and India and what these agreements will mean for Canadian trade. This uncertainty is…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

1. SAD lakes The Great Lakes had a tough year. Lake Erie is not looking so healthy, Asian Carp continue their inexorable marathon towards ecosystem disruption, and Donald Trump threatened the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Dismal this all may be, but the response to…

December 22, 2017 @ 11:07am

Iqalungmiut’s water and wastewater infrastructure has been improved by investments from the local government and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The funding supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first investment was for improvements to the City of Iqaluit's water and wastewater systems. The upgrades will improve reliability and…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:25am

Mishkeegogamang First Nation has successfully ended long-term and short-term drinking water advisories, continuing progress towards the federal governments pledge to end long-term DWAs. Yesterday afternoon, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, shared progress on this commitment. Mishkeegogamang First Nation has lifted short- and long-term drinking water advisories that have affected…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:11am

Photo credit: Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press. 1. National knowledge gaps on water and health In February, Water Canada reported on new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan that demonstrated significant gaps in our understanding of drinking water and health outcomes in Indigenous communities across…

December 21, 2017 @ 2:59pm

Frost & Sullivan's 2017 Global Outlook of the Water Industry suggests that the global water market for the year 2017 is estimated to have $652.4 billion in revenue, with the municipal segment exhibiting a 3.8 per cent growth rate from 2016. The analysis also shows the industrial segment coming in…

December 21, 2017 @ 1:16pm

  The Government of Canada has announced the addition of eight new locations under consideration as candidate sites for UNESCO World Heritage recognition, including one area of contention due to the supply of shale gas in the area. Although a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (or fracking as it is called…

December 21, 2017 @ 10:17am

A group of Canadian researchers conducted a study on how Canadian mainstream news media portrays drinking water security in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada. They found that there was limited coverage, which could undermine public and stakeholder interest in addressing water-related issues faced by many Canadian Indigenous…

December 21, 2017 @ 9:44am

Installation of a new 30-kilometre-long pipeline to help supply the City of Melville and area with a more reliable and sustainable water supply has recently been completed, marking a construction milestone in an ongoing infrastructure project. “It is great news that this critical project, which will significantly improve water services…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:55am

The Government of Canada has committed to leading by example on climate change and will actively pursue potable water use and stormwater management efficiencies in new buildings. The government announced today it has set a new target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels,…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:42am

The federal and provincial governments will support wastewater treatment for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte residents with funding from the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund (CWWF). Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington; Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and Chief R. Donald Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:10am

Construction has been completed on the City of West Kelowna’s Horizon Village Lift Station. More than 2,200 residents are benefitting from the Horizon Village Lift Station wastewater improvement project, which was completed with contributions from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia under the New Building Canada…

December 19, 2017 @ 11:50am

SNC-Lavalin has announced that the board of directors has appointed Kevin G. Lynch as chairman of the board, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Lynch will replace Lawrence N. Stevenson, who had announced his upcoming retirement from the board at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Elected as director and appointed…

December 19, 2017 @ 11:43am

The Village of Salmo, B.C. has announced the receipt of a grant for $150,000 to cover 100 per cent of the costs of a flood mapping project through the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. The grant will be used to develop an institutional understanding of the flood…

December 19, 2017 @ 11:33am

In its investigation report (P17H0019) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the lack of detailed inspection procedures contributed to the March 2017 crude oil leak into an Alberta creek. The leak caused no injuries and no evacuation was required. During a routine verification on March 20th, 2017, Enbridge employees discovered…

December 19, 2017 @ 10:40am

Earlier this month, Veolia Water Technologies announced that it will supply its proprietary HPD Evaporation and Crystallization technology to recover lithium from a mining waste stream, reducing environmental impact and producing a valuable by-product in sodium sulfate. North American Lithium Inc. is planning to re-start its hydromet mining operation in…

December 19, 2017 @ 9:54am

Scott King, originally from Guelph, Ontario, has been named the new president-elect of the board of the National Ground Water Association. As president-in-training, he will assume the office of board president when the current president’s term expires. King told WC, "I have been honoured by my colleagues on the NGWA Board…

December 18, 2017 @ 2:43pm

Last week, Quebec made progress on protecting its provincial waterways by investing in two infrastructure projects, announcing that the Town of Asbestos had completed a wastewater reservoir and that East Montréal will receive support for water lines. Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Shoi, made the announcements in the company…

December 18, 2017 @ 11:47am

On Friday, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, announced the opening of the 2018–2019 call for proposals for the new Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program. "Indigenous people have been clear—today's rapid acceleration of climate change is having a worrying and negative impact on their daily lives, their…

December 18, 2017 @ 11:21am

On December 15th, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will provide over $1 billion from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund over the next five years to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, which…

December 18, 2017 @ 10:49am

A team of researchers from Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada and McMaster University have found that fish living downstream from a wastewater treatment plant showed changes to their normal behaviour—ones that made them vulnerable to predators—when exposed to elevated levels of antidepressant drugs in the water. The findings, published…

December 18, 2017 @ 9:33am

Stantec welcomes Dr. Mehran Andalib to lead the firm’s wastewater engineering practice in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. and Eastern Canada. Based in Boston, Ma., Andalib is an industry leader in process analysis and optimization for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, resulting in more advanced and environmentally sound operations.…

December 15, 2017 @ 12:01pm

Yesterday, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board endorsed the Regional Water Supply Strategic Plan. The plan went through a public engagement process beginning in June and was considered by the Water Advisory Committee and approved by the Regional Water Supply Commission in October. This Strategic Plan for Regional Water Supply…

December 15, 2017 @ 11:35am

Diana Qing Tao has been appointed the new president of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). Tao has 15 years of experience in the fields of wastewater, water resources, and environment, both domestic and international. She specializes in the evaluation and optimization of sanitary and combined sewer systems for…

December 15, 2017 @ 11:19am

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced $45 million in Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans in support of 28 environmental initiatives led by local governments across Ontario. The Town of Perth will receive over $5 million for a capital project that will…

December 15, 2017 @ 11:09am

Krista Derrickson was recently appointed to the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) board of directors. Derrickson is a member of Westbank First Nation (WFN), and the manager of utilities at WFN. WFN is one of B.C.’s largest First Nation purveyors of water with more than 6,000 water connections on its…

December 15, 2017 @ 10:58am

Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott has congratulated Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN), ON, on progress towards an elevated reservoir, after the community awarded a contract for the construction of the water reservoir. Ceccetto & Sons Ltd. was awarded the contract through a public tendering process by the WRFN in Ontario.…

December 15, 2017 @ 10:04am

As the single-largest purchaser of Canadian goods and services, the Government of Canada has announced details of its plan to use procurement to help Canadian small businesses innovate and create employment opportunities for Canadians. Ministers Navdeep Bains and Bardish Chagger announced the $100-million Innovative Solutions Canada program that invites Canadian small businesses to develop novel…

December 14, 2017 @ 1:55pm

Ecofish Research, a Vancouver-based science and environmental consulting firm, is opening its doors to Cranbrook to better serve two of its biggest clients in the area, B.C. Hydro and Teck, as well as others in the Kootenays and Southern British Columbia region. The company has worked to reduce the impact…

December 14, 2017 @ 1:33pm

Yesterday, Canada announced measures for the protection of aquatic habitat for species at risk from degradation caused by human activities. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc signed eight Critical Habitat Orders under the Species at Risk Act. The approved orders will allow for further protection of eight…

December 14, 2017 @ 11:54am

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism are set to announce a new initiative today geared to help Canadian small businesses bring innovative solutions to market. The Globe and Mail reported that the Innovative Solutions Canada program will require…

December 14, 2017 @ 7:46am

Yesterday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for 72 initiatives in communities across Canada through three funding programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund…

December 13, 2017 @ 11:38am

Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG) has been named Preferred Proponent for the Capital Regional District (CRD) Residuals Treatment Facility. The project will be delivered under a design-build-finance-operate-manintain (DBFOM) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, with a 20-year operate and maintain period. The facility will incorporate the latest processes for stabilizing and drying…

December 13, 2017 @ 10:36am

Two Wilfrid Laurier University-led citizen science research projects are set to receive funding from Global Water Futures. The projects will help monitor changes that are occurring in Canada’s North. Colin Robertson, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is leading the project entitled Global Water Citizenship (GWC). While community-based…

December 12, 2017 @ 11:40am

Vancouver-based Carl Data Solutions Inc. has announced that its Polish subsidiary will develop artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor aging critical infrastructure and improve water systems. The subsidiary received a research and development grant through the European Union for approximately USD $300,000, which will fund exploration into new ways that data…

December 12, 2017 @ 11:37am

Pure Technologies Ltd. has announced that it has entered into a definitive arrangement agreement with Xylem Inc. whereby Xylem will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Pure, representing an enterprise value for Pure of CAD $509 million. The Purchase Price represents a 102.7 per cent premium to…

December 12, 2017 @ 10:38am

Granby, Québec’s Technologies Maid Labs has received $50,000 in government funding to take its water and wastewater software products into the U.S. market. In 2017, the Government of Canada adopted a plan to support Canadian entrepreneurs in their search for innovative solutions that will serve communities. The funding granted to Technologies Maid…

December 12, 2017 @ 10:21am

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is now accepting proposals for Project 607-2018 – Cumulative Effects Monitoring Programs – Key Elements Review. Proposals will be accepted until January 3, 2018,12:00 noon CST. Cumulative effects are changes to the environment that are caused by an action in combination with other past,…

December 11, 2017 @ 4:26pm

Access to Edmonton’s River Valley has been improved by infrastructure funding from the provincial and federal governments. On Saturday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined by David Shepherd, MLA for Edmonton-Centre, Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, and Larry Wall, Executive Director of the River Valley Alliance, to…

December 11, 2017 @ 10:24am

On Saturday, Canada and British Columbia announced the first annual progress report on the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the first pan-Canadian plan to address climate change, which highlighted national work on floodplain mapping. In the past year, governments have taken steps to support communities affected by…

December 11, 2017 @ 10:04am

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is moving forward with the installation of temporary ultraviolet treatment that is expected to reduce boil water notices by approximately 80 per cent. The UV system will be operational in February 2018 as an interim measure until the area’s new water treatment plant is built.…

December 11, 2017 @ 9:23am

Ontario has announced the first recipients of TargetGHG—a program that helps companies adopt leading-edge technologies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting entrepreneurs. One of the collaborative projects will target emissions from the water and wastewater sector. The province invested $74 million in TargetGHG through the Ontario Green Investment…

December 08, 2017 @ 5:07pm

The Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, released a report today analyzing federal spending on drinking water and wastewater treatment on First Nations reserves. In it, he suggests that the current government is grossly under-budget to meet the 2015 promise end to long-term boil water advisories on reserves within five years. The…

December 07, 2017 @ 2:56pm

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro posted a statement today inviting feedback on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion to protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  The study area is based on the locations with high concentrations of water resources…

December 07, 2017 @ 10:18am

Canadian biosolids and organics solutions provider, Lystek International, has been awarded a NSERC Engage Grant to collaborate with Dr. Gordon Price, an associate professor at Dalhousie University. Price is a leader in academic research in new technologies for waste bio-conversion and stabilization. NSERC Engage Grants give innovative companies, like Lystek,…

December 07, 2017 @ 9:39am

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, released the a photo and statement today after returning from a successful engagement with the Canadian companies on the clean-technology trade mission to China. Minister McKenna said, “Canadian companies have expertise and solutions to offer. For example, hundreds of millions of Chinese…

December 07, 2017 @ 9:21am

Jennifer MacIntyre, Canada's first female Ambassador for Climate Change, has stepped away from her post due to a death in the family. Minister Catherine McKenna issued a press statement to acknowledge Ms. MacIntyre's departure and her contributions to the country. Minister McKenna said, "I want to thank Jennifer for her amazing service. She…

December 07, 2017 @ 8:14am

Corporate giants and water leaders gathered in Johannesburg today to discuss the findings of the annual Global Water Report published today by Carbon Disclosure Project  (the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform). A Turning Tide: tracking corporate action on water security analyses water data from 742 of the world's largest companies including Nestlé, Burberry, and…

December 06, 2017 @ 11:26am

On Monday, the B.C. government has launched an independent review of this year’s unprecedented spring flooding and wildfire seasons. “Wildfires and flooding this year devastated many areas of our province, displacing tens of thousands of people,” said Premier John Horgan. “While we work hard to help the people and communities…

December 06, 2017 @ 10:53am

Canada Energy Partners Inc. (CEP) has reported that it has received a decision from the British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission (OGC) that will allow resumption of water disposal if certain conditions are met, after fears of a seismic event that could jeopardize a BC Hydro dam. The additional conditions…

December 06, 2017 @ 10:26am

The Columbia Basin Trust has announced a new five-year, $10-million Ecosystem Enhancement Program for the organization’s eponymous watershed. The Trust’s goal is to help maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems, such as wetlands, fish habitat, forests, and grasslands. While the Trust has other…

December 06, 2017 @ 9:53am

Edmonton’s Blatchford Redevelopment Project saw a productive year in 2017, installing thousands of metres of water and sewer mains for its district energy system. Over eight thousand metres of water mains, storm and sanitary sewers, and distribution piping for the District Energy Sharing System were installed and 1,400 metres of…

December 05, 2017 @ 11:19am

FluksAqua has partnered with London, Ontario to offer fat, oil, and grease (FOG) collection cups to municipalities across Canada and the United States by providing utilities with the collection cups in order to cut down on the creation of fatbergs in municipal water systems. The Your Turn FOG collection cup is intended to be…

December 05, 2017 @ 10:37am

Cold Lake, Alberta’s Council in its most recent meeting has discussed a number of obstacles to the expansion of the area’s water treatment plant. Council determined that it will notify the Cold Lake Regional Utilities Commission (RUSC) that it foresees a number of challenges as a result of increasing calls…

December 05, 2017 @ 10:17am

Over one hundred mayors and other elected officials have written a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, urging her government not to allow the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. Despite studies verifying the safety of the proposed Deep Geologic…

December 04, 2017 @ 12:38pm

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) recently announced the completion of its HMCS Quadra Forcemain Replacement Project. Construction of the forcemain restarted in September to replace the existing pipe running through the K’omoks Estuary that was more than 60 years old and at risk of failure. Once pump station upgrades are complete at HMCS…

December 04, 2017 @ 11:19am

The City of Prince George, British Columbia has conducted a review of drinking water quality at civic facilities and found it to be safe for consumption after concerns about lead concentration. While the water was declared safe to drink, users have been advised to briefly run faucets prior to consumption,…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:55am

Regina has announced an overall 2 per cent utility rate increase, effective January 1st, 2018, pending council approval later in December. The increase would support capital project investment in the city. “The city is always working to maintain a high quality of service, while ensuring that our services remain affordable…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:39am

Mississauga-based KSB Pumps Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply twelve large wastewater pumps for the Woodward Avenue Main Pumping Station in Hamilton, Ontario. “This contract required a combination of high pumping efficiency, good NPSH performance, and the ability to deal with solid materials in the un-screened wastewater and…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:18am

Yukon First Nations and environmental groups have won a landmark Supreme Court case. The judgment released on Friday upholds a land use plan that protects the majority of the Peel Watershed in northeastern Yukon. The decision, written by Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, is expected to be precedent setting for matters pertaining…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:03am

The federal government has announced $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, was in Toronto on Friday to make the announcement. Addressing a crowd near Harbourfront, including members…

December 02, 2017 @ 4:54pm

A team led by Oliver M. Brandes, co-director of the POLIS project on ecological governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, has presented a report to the Government of British Columbia on improving source water protection and nutrient management in the Hullcar Valley. Since 2014, the area…

December 01, 2017 @ 2:45pm

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced 19 communities that will participate in the next two-year cycle of the Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN). “This is a great opportunity to share ideas and best practices with municipalities across Canada to advance how we…

December 01, 2017 @ 11:55am

Yesterday, Manitoba announced legislation that would improve the health of lakes and waterways throughout the province by instituting a stronger watershed management regime through the new sustainable watersheds act. The new legislation includes provisions for protecting wetlands, improving approval processes and enforcement for drainage projects, and modernizing the conservation districts…

December 01, 2017 @ 11:42am

After more than two years of consultation with Islanders, the new Water Act came up for debate in the Legislative Assembly on November 29th. The historic act is the first of its kind in Prince Edward Island. It will provide water security, guide government decisions involving water management, and allow water challenges to…

December 01, 2017 @ 10:57am

Candiac, Québec has partnered with a real estate developer and a local, urban agriculture company for the ambitious Jardins Solaire, a green roof project that aims to install vegetable gardens on 74 new townhouses, featuring specialized irrigation design that reduces water consumption. In partnership with La Shop Agricole and the City of…

November 30, 2017 @ 12:11pm

Clearford Water Systems Inc. has announced the acquisition of Koester Canada Inc., an Ontario-based subsidiary of Koester Associates, Inc., for $7.8 million. Koester Canada's two divisions, the Koester Canada Design-Build and Koester Team Aquatic Operations Group, will be renamed Clearford-Koester Canada and Clearford Waterworks, respectively. Clearford expects to expand the Waterworks division…

November 30, 2017 @ 11:37am

As part of Export Development Canada's (EDC) Cleantech Export Week, EDC has announced its first Cleantech Export Stars, the top three Canadian companies that have bridged the gap between domestic and international success in the cleantech industry, including Ostara Nutrient Technologies, Inc. "The naming of our first ever Cleantech Export…

November 29, 2017 @ 11:15am

Yesterday afternoon, Québec announced its intention to create a vast protected area that will be 21 times larger than the Island of Montréal, increasing its protected land and freshwater to 11 per cent of the province and providing a habitat preservation for caribou in the region. The extensive Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan protected…

November 29, 2017 @ 10:41am

Cranberry farming is big business in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and B.C.. In fact, Canada is the second-largest producer of this tart red fruit in the world. Water plays a big role in cranberry farming. At harvest time, cranberry growers flood their fields (cranberry bogs) so the berries will float for easy…

November 29, 2017 @ 9:53am

In its First Triennial Assessment of Progress under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has called on Canada and the United States to set specific timelines and targets for making critical improvements to wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, reducing nutrient runoff, and eliminating releases…

November 28, 2017 @ 12:49pm

Canada’s public radio corporation, CBC/Radio-Canada, has completed an Environmental Performance report that shows an enterprise-wide decrease in water consumption. CBC/Radio-Canada’s latest environmental performance report is for the period from April 2016 to March 2017. Footprint decreases were recorded in most company categories with, most notably, fleet vehicle CO2 emissions dropping 10.7 per cent…

November 28, 2017 @ 10:52am

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has announced that in 2017 it has affected more than 150,000 acres of land and water across Canada to celebrate Canada 150. DUC acknowledged the assistance of supporters and partners across the country, with whom they worked to conserve and influence over 60,703 hectares of wetlands,…

November 28, 2017 @ 10:26am

The District of Saanich, B.C. has invited community members to provide feedback on the draft Saanich Agriculture and Food Security Plan. The plan provides a coordinated approach to support agriculture and improve food security in Saanich over the next 10 to 15 years, including sustainable water management objectives. Public input…

November 27, 2017 @ 11:05am

The federal government has announced that it will invest $1 million in monitoring northern waterways for cyanobacteria. Northern Ontario families will benefit from improved detection of disease-causing bacteria in local lakes and waterways as a result of a Government of Canada investment of $1 million. Administered through Federal Economic Development…

November 27, 2017 @ 10:24am

On November 24th, Waterlution’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Great Water Challenge (GWC) program, which features, Canada’s Great Water Adventure, a storybook written by dedicated volunteers and illustrated by an emerging young artist. Led by volunteer YAB members who serve as young water leaders from…

November 27, 2017 @ 9:55am

Following the fourth annual Chiefs of Ontario Leaders in the Legislature event in Toronto, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day released a joint statement that covers issues addressed during the leaders meeting, including the use of traditional knowledge to protect water resources. Over the three days, the…

November 24, 2017 @ 12:50pm

Nanaimo, B.C. has taken measures to oversee and change its project management practices following the November 20th release of a Deloitte Report on capital project management as part of the city's Core Services Review. City of Nanaimo Capital Project Planning, Design, Delivery and Operation Process Review by Deloitte assessed and…

November 24, 2017 @ 12:27pm

Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. has been selected by B.C.’s Capital Regional District (CRD) as the contractor for the Clover Point Pump Station. The Clover Point Pump Station expansion and upgrade is being constructed as part of the Wastewater Treatment Project and is a $25 million contract to design, build, and expand…

November 24, 2017 @ 12:03pm

The Grand River Conservation Authority has received $40,000 from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to contribute to the goals of the Lake Erie Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) Cambridge, Ontario MP Bryan May joined GRCA staff at the GRCA headquarters to make the announcement on behalf of Minister…

November 24, 2017 @ 9:52am

A recent study in the Journal of Water Management, investigated best management practices (BMPs) in stormwater management. The research, Water Quality Performance of In-Series BMPs, examined “the possible flow paths followed by stormwater as it passes from one BMP to another, and evaluate the overall pollutant removal rates by focusing…

November 23, 2017 @ 1:17pm

As Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party (NDP) and Saskatchewan Party (SP) are in the midst of leadership campaigns, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) engaged the leadership candidates for their positions on important municipal infrastructure and services. In the letter sent to the eight leadership candidates SUMA cites the importance of…

November 23, 2017 @ 11:41am

The Government of Alberta and the Government of the Northwest Territories have released a report regarding year one of implementation of the Alberta-Northwest Territories Transboundary Water Management Agreement to maintain the ecological integrity of our shared waters. Working Together to Manage Our Shared Waters is the inaugural annual report of the bilateral committee responsible…

November 23, 2017 @ 10:46am

The Canadian Council of Environment Ministers (CCME) has released the Water Quality Index 2.0 application and CCME Water Quality Index User’s Manual 2017 Update, replacing the Water Quality Index 1.2 published in 2011. The revised and updated index provides a consistent approach to summarizing complex water quality data and facilitating its communication. It incorporates scope—the number…

November 22, 2017 @ 3:22pm

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is pleased to announce that, as of November 10, 2017, two major components of the Erickson water system infrastructure replacement project have been completed. The original 11km long 1929 Arrow Creek main line is now fully pressurized, and the Erickson open water storage…

November 22, 2017 @ 11:25am

The District of Sparwood, British Columbia has commenced work on locating a new community drinking water supply near Cummings Creek. An Environmental Assessment Report joint submission by the District and Teck earlier this fall included the replacement of Well #3. Wells #1 and #2 remain unaffected, and Teck has agreed…

November 22, 2017 @ 11:03am

Canada and the U.S. have a long legacy of strong diplomatic ties that have been fostered through security, trade, and co-management of the Great Lakes. Acknowledging that the link between Canada and U.S. states in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region is crucial to both nations' prosperity, a group of mayors, business representatives,…

November 21, 2017 @ 7:17pm

Yesterday, New Brunswick Power announced that a fish passage has been completed at Tobique Generating Station. Improved survival rates of wild Atlantic salmon and other fish species on the St. John River watershed is the goal of a downstream fish passage, which was unveiled yesterday. The passageway NB Power $9…

November 21, 2017 @ 5:23pm

Canada’s Manulife Financial Corporation is the first life insurance company to enter the green bonds market. Manulife has completed its previously announced offering in Singapore of 500 million Singapore dollars principal amount of 3.00 per cent subordinated notes due November 21st, 2029 and having a first call date of November…

November 21, 2017 @ 5:18pm

Today, Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $155-million program that will fund clean technology projects in the areas of energy, mining and forestry, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental outcomes. The new Clean Growth Program is the first of its kind to promote and require collaboration with…

November 20, 2017 @ 5:37pm

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)—one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council—has released its fourth assessment addressing Arctic climate issues. The report entitled, Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic, highlights the dramatic pace of changes that are occurring in the Arctic environment and how those changes impact the rest…

November 20, 2017 @ 5:29pm

Manitoba Infrastructure will soon launch a comprehensive review of its service delivery model, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced on Friday. “In the coming months, we will be launching a series of consultations with industry, municipalities, Indigenous communities, other jurisdictions and the public,” said Schuler, who spoke at an event hosted…

November 20, 2017 @ 11:09am

Newfoundland and Labrador has signed a Municipal Stewardship Agreement with the Town of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity to protect wetlands around the community and coastal habitat. A ceremony held in the community on Friday marked the official signing of the agreement and was attended by Derrick Bragg, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Land…

November 20, 2017 @ 10:29am

An audit of Halifax Water examining its management of drinking water safety was released by the Municipal Auditor General (MAG) on November 10th. In her report, Auditor General Evangeline Colman-Sadd, CPA, CA, found that the utility’s performance met requirements for drinking water safety on a day-to-day basis. Areas that the…

November 20, 2017 @ 10:10am

In a November 2nd report to Council, York Region provided a status update of some of its priority infrastructure projects, including $2.4 billion in water and wastewater projects over next 10 years. “Although planning the Region’s infrastructure has many complexities, our goal is simple,” said York Region chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson.…

November 20, 2017 @ 9:21am

Earlier this week, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced that Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, will lead basin-wide stakeholder engagement sessions on water quality issues in Lake Winnipeg. Of the $70.5 million dollars allocated to freshwater protection in budget 2017, $25.7 million is being directed to…

November 17, 2017 @ 9:51am

The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced just over $7.5 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding for the construction of a new water treatment plant for the Hamlet of Sandy Lake in the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, and, Reeve of the Municipal District of Opportunity,…

November 17, 2017 @ 9:50am

As a part of Ontario’s action on Climate Change, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science has announced the opening of the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) Technology Validation Stream. The Technology Validation Stream (Stream 1) will support Ontario companies or eligible academic organizations with proof of concept and/or prototype…

November 16, 2017 @ 5:25pm

Canadian biosolids and organics solutions provider, Lystek International Ltd., has announced that it has been awarded a US $1.5 million grant through the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program. The mandate of the EPIC program focuses on funding for the creation of new energy solutions, fostering regional innovation, and…

November 16, 2017 @ 2:19pm

The Government of Nunavut has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to produce a feasibility study to determine solutions for the replacement of aged and failing water infrastructure in Rankin Inlet. Both the Williamson Lake Pump House (WLPH) and the Nipissar Lake Pump House (NLPH) are in need of replacement. In…

November 16, 2017 @ 1:27pm

Saint-Pascal, Quebec has invested in safer shoreline assets at Camp Richelieu with $8,750 in funding from the Government of Canada. The investment was announced today by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), on the occasion of the inauguration of shoreline…

November 16, 2017 @ 11:31am

Yesterday, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will receive an investment of over $2.7 million to bolster their expertise in water security and agricultural technologies. Goodale made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science…

November 16, 2017 @ 10:16am

A group of local organizations have come together to develop the first ever "smart" stormwater technology pilot focused on reducing the risk of basement flooding during extreme weather events. The stormwater technology pilot is a partnership project which includes the Environment Network, Greenland Engineering Consultants, Huronia Security and Monitoring, The Town of…

November 16, 2017 @ 8:30am

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is now accepting applications to its 2018 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. This is the 13th year for the program, providing $300,000 to water projects in the Okanagan. The grants are distributed according to the percentage of tax each region pays…

November 15, 2017 @ 11:32am

University of Alberta researchers are tackling the problem of rural and agricultural water testing by introducing a handheld sensor that can detect E. coli in situ. One of the largest obstacles to decisive action on water quality threats, whether E. coli or cyanobacteria, is the time it takes to verify…

November 15, 2017 @ 9:50am

A new report from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC), Murky Waters: Taking a snapshot of freshwater sustainability in BC, examines the successes and failures of the provincial government’s progress on its on ensuring water health throughout the province. A primary finding of the authors was that the…

November 15, 2017 @ 9:27am

Federation of Canadian Municipalities president Jenny Gerbasi issued the following statement after leading Canada's municipal delegation at the COP23 climate change conference, hosted by Fiji with meetings held in Bonn, Germany. "At home and on the international stage, Canada's local leaders are strengthening the global movement for climate action. Since…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:31am

A new interactive map released this week provides the highest resolution of agriculture croplands worldwide ever published. The study has the potential to be a powerful tool for decision-makers to support global food and water security. Led by the USGS, the work is part of the Global Food Security-Support Analysis Data @ 30-m…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:17am

Ville de Gatineau has received a positive response from Quebec's ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to its request for a collective waiver. That waiver is for the reconstruction of flood affected homes considered total losses owing to the spring flooding in May 2017. During the spring floods,…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:10am

Canada's history, culture, and patterns of human development are a reflection of the nation's rivers. Although Canada once had an abundance of wild, large, and free-flowing waterways, over time, these water bodies have been altered and engineered to capture hydro-electricity, to divert water for agriculture and land development, and to create artificial…

November 14, 2017 @ 6:00am

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, associated with Enterprise car rentals, has announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy to conserve rivers and regionally important watersheds around the world. A portion of this donation includes support for TNC Canada, focused on bolstering Indigenous land and water management leadership in Canada.…

November 13, 2017 @ 3:28pm

The federal government has submitted a statement regarding Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) oversight of tailings ponds in Alberta to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The government report is in response to a June petition from Environmental Defence Canada, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Daniel T'seleie to the…

November 13, 2017 @ 2:47pm

Market research from Technavio suggests that the global pinch valve market will grow at a rate of 5 per cent CAGR between 2017 and 2021. The report looks at market segmentations based on end-users in the food and beverage industry, healthcare industry, water and wastewater industry, chemical industry, and other.…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:48am

Canada and Quebec have invested in a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay Français by refitting a flood control dam. David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced that the governments will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:08am

Applications for funding of the fourth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program will be accepted Nov. 15th to Dec. 15th, 2017, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced yesterday morning. Previous funding has successfully support small-scale water projects across the province. “I encourage local…

November 10, 2017 @ 11:26am

Higher-than-normal freshet flows in spring 2017 caused changes to Mission Creek in Kelowna, B.C. that require repair and refinement of the floodplain and fish habitat restoration work completed in 2016. [caption id="attachment_5000042787" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Mission Creek 2017 Flood. Image Credit: Jan Vozenilek.[/caption] The Mission Creek Greenway dike on the south side of…

November 10, 2017 @ 10:32am

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding to upgrade the Town of Lampman’s wastewater treatment infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing more than $1.6 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. The project has a total…

November 10, 2017 @ 10:02am

Clearford Water Systems Inc. today released results for its third quarter (Q3) and nine month (YTD) periods ended September 30th, 2017. Its subsidiary UV Pure, showed strong Q3 growth in 2017. Revenue for the quarter was $910,697 compared with $1,071,773 for the prior year's quarter. Operating loss before net financing costs was $307,790 for the quarter compared…

November 09, 2017 @ 3:16pm

BluMetric Environmental Inc. has announced that an Ontario mining client has issued change orders to two of BluMetric's existing contracts for water infrastructure to a combined increase of more than $2 million. The first change order, extending work that was previously announced in September 2016, includes drilling and engineering to support the design…

November 09, 2017 @ 2:56pm

The City of Surrey, British Columbia has received $624,200 for new climate change resilience projects, including coastal flooding adaptation programs to help it become more resilient in a changing climate. “The City of Surrey is leading the way in planning for the challenges presented by a changing climate,” said Surrey…

November 09, 2017 @ 2:02pm

The City of Thunder Bay, Ontario has been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) new Climate and Asset Management Network, which is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, Thunder Bay’s admission to…

November 09, 2017 @ 12:39pm

Researchers from the University of Waterloo has found evidence that artificial sweeteners are making their way into rural groundwater through septic system wastewater. The study describes how the researchers tested private, rural groundwater wells in the Nottawasaga River Watershed in Ontario for four artificial sweeteners as a way to detect groundwater impacted by human wastewater being…

November 08, 2017 @ 11:57am

Chevron Canada, a subsidiary of global giant Chevron Corp, has announced that it will begin to develop its first ever Canadian shale play development in the East Kaybob region of central Alberta's Duvernay formation. The Kaybob Duvernay shale gas play cuts through west-central Alberta and in the Horn River/Liard Basins in northeast British Columbia. Chevron Canada began exploration…

November 08, 2017 @ 11:16am

Pure Technologies Ltd. has announced its financial performance for the quarter ended September 30th, 2017. The company provided the following third quarter overview and nine-month period (YTD) highlights: Total revenue is up 9 per cent to $30.9 million in Q3 and up 13 per cent to $93.8 million YTD: Water Division performance: Q3 up 1…

November 08, 2017 @ 7:15am

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released a revised edition of its A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities. The third edition includes significant updates, which strives for a standard of zero failure for mining infrastructure. Following the tailings incident at Mount Polley, MAC struck an Independent Task Force to undertake an…

November 08, 2017 @ 6:47am

The Canadian Water Network has announced the names of the experts who will participate on a new advisory panel tasked with framing and assessing the knowledge, practice, and priorities in municipal wastewater treatment across Canada. In October 2017, CWN announced that the federal government had invested $400,000 to understand the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater…

November 07, 2017 @ 12:04pm

The government of Canada has moved forward with changes to the way federal granting councils target money through the Canada Research Chairs Program that are intended to lead to greater diversity among Canada’s leading scientists. Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science, announced that the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) were informed by…

November 07, 2017 @ 10:05am

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that it is ending limit of service agreements for municipalities within the province, providing more cost-sharing opportunities for water infrastructure. The Provincial Government has followed through on its commitment to the practices laid out in The Way Forward: Realizing Our Potential by reviewing…

November 07, 2017 @ 10:00am

The City of Welland, Ontario is assisting consumers with water conservation and leak detection by offering a $100 incentive for the purchase of Alert Labs real-time water sensors. City Council approved a partnership with Alert Labs or residents to purchase a Flowie water sensor. The regular price of Flowie is…

November 07, 2017 @ 6:23am

Alberta’s Acceleware, developer of the RF XL cleantech that allows for heavy oil and bitumen extraction without any external water added, has received funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to scale up its technology. Acceleware has been awarded a $10 million non-repayable contribution to complete a…

November 06, 2017 @ 7:16am

On Friday, Toronto city staff recommended to the city’s budget committee the 2018 operating and capital budget for the city’s water utility. "The proposed rate supported budgets support fiscal sustainability and will ensure the city delivers high quality services and makes improvements to our aging infrastructure," said Councillor Gary Crawford,…

November 06, 2017 @ 6:35am

The governments of Canada and Alberta together have announced investments in twelve cleantech projects, including several to improve water in natural resources projects, totalling $28.8 million. A federal investment of $13.5 million, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), will be used to advance technologies being developed by small and medium-sized clean tech enterprises. Another…

November 06, 2017 @ 5:00am

As neighbours do, two leading water innovation organizations have begun a new partnership to support the uptake of promising new water technologies. Today at the World Water-Tech North America Summit in Toronto, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) announced a new partnership with the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP)…

November 03, 2017 @ 11:19am

A contract has been awarded to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. for the Victoria Harbour remediation and cleanup project. Seabed and marine wildlife health are threatened by the presence of persistent contaminants that have accumulated in the harbor. As such, the Government of Canada awarded a $5,343,787.94 contract to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. to…

November 03, 2017 @ 11:15am

The Thompson Okanagan Region in British Columbia is the first destination in the Americas to earn the International Biosphere Destination certification recognized by UNESCO and United Nations as the only designation to incorporate the United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals on water and other metrics, as well as the…

November 03, 2017 @ 10:33am

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia’s Auditor General, Michael Pickup, released his report on the environment to the House Assembly, which includes assessments of contaminated sites and climate change. In his initial chapter, Pickup has focused on the contaminated wastewater site at Boat Harbour. The site is the result of the provincial…

November 03, 2017 @ 10:23am

Oakville, Ontario’s Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) has entered into an agreement to create a joint venture (AAGES) with Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, S.A. (Abengoa) to identify, develop, and construct clean energy and water infrastructure assets with a global focus. Concurrently with the creation of the AAGES joint venture, APUC…

November 02, 2017 @ 12:22pm

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) inquiry into the Site C hydroelectric project heard strong objections to the project from Mikisew Cree First Nation with respect to the ecological impact of Site C on the Peace River and Athabasca River Delta (PAD), which the Nation indicates would violate its rights under…

November 02, 2017 @ 11:42am

With the approval of its 2018 Water and Wastewater Capital Budget, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario will no longer have a water infrastructure deficit. City council approved the proposed 2018 Water and Wastewater Capital Budget at their October 31st Special Council meeting. The budget is supported by the property owners who use the…

November 02, 2017 @ 9:56am

Statistics Canada has released data from the 2015 Survey of Drinking Water Plants, which shows growth in the population supplied, a slight decrease in per capita per person consumption, and growth in some treatment technologies, among other things. In 2015, Canadian drinking water treatment plants produced 5, 020 million cubic…

November 01, 2017 @ 4:18pm

New Brunswick’s Department of Environment and Local Government will accept applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund starting today, November 1st for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. “The projects from the Environmental Trust Fund encourage environmental initiatives that help build a better New Brunswick and fall in line with our…

November 01, 2017 @ 10:17am

This week, experts have gathered in Montreal, Quebec to collaborate on First Nations-led solutions to the housing and infrastructure crisis facing many First Nations at the First Nations Forum to Address Housing & Infrastructure Crisis. AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart, who holds the Water, Housing and Infrastructure portfolio for AFN, said:…

October 31, 2017 @ 1:20pm

Red Deer, Alberta, will take on $5.2 million in debenture to finance the construction of the North Regional Water and Wastewater lines. In the city council’s October 30th meeting, it was agreed that the city will borrow $3 million for the regional waterline from the intersection of Hwy 2A/11A north…

October 31, 2017 @ 11:23am

The City of Selkirk, Manitoba, has issued a statement about its intention to connect the Rural Municipality (RM) of St. Andrew’s to its wastewater treatment system, after St. Andrew’s Mayor George Pike was quoted as saying Selkirk’s administration did not want the RM to connect to their treatment system. Responding…

October 31, 2017 @ 9:48am

A report commissioned by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, conducted by Halifax Water, recommends the formation of a new Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA), owned directly by First Nations communities. The new authority would have the potential to transform water and wastewater service delivery for First…

October 30, 2017 @ 1:52pm

The heroic efforts of the team of water resources engineers who repaired and recovered water and wastewater infrastructure during the Fort McMurray wildfires were honoured last week. Stantec took home four Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards (CCEA) from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada (ACEC), including one for its part in the…

October 30, 2017 @ 12:52pm

The Government of Canada has congratulated the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) on its fourth Debenture Issuance, which assists with financing First Nations water infrastructure projects. Established under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNFMA), FNFA enables First Nations to collaboratively access long-term financing at preferred rates through the issuance of bonds…

October 30, 2017 @ 11:59am

The government of Canada has achieved a new milestone in plans to preserve Canada's oceans from coast to coast. This week, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc and Minister McKenna announced that Canada has surpassed the federal government's target to protect five per cent of oceans and coastlines by…

October 30, 2017 @ 11:40am

On Friday, Manitoba released its sustainability and climate plan, A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The plan underscores the importance of water management, making it one of four cornerstones in its green-future planning. Announced by premier Brian Pallister and sustainable development minister Rochelle Squires, the plan is focused on four strategic…

October 30, 2017 @ 11:31am

Thirty Canadian and international institutional investors and pension funds representing approximately CAD $1.2 trillion of assets under management have issued a joint Declaration of Institutional Investors on Climate-Related Financial Risks. The declaration calls on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to enhanced disclosure on their exposure to climate risks and the measures they are taking to manage them. Although…

October 27, 2017 @ 11:41am

The Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy have launched new information services for their Blue Accounting initiative at the 2017 Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers in Detroit. Blue Accounting is designed to help leaders across the Great Lakes Basin manage the freshwater in a more collaborative,…

October 27, 2017 @ 10:34am

Megan Leslie, former parliamentarian and current VP of ocean conservation for World Wildlife Fund Canada, has accepted the role of president and CEO of the conservation organization, the board of directors announced today. Leslie will assume the role beginning Dec. 1. taking over from David Miller who submitted his resignation earlier this month.…

October 26, 2017 @ 5:45pm

Nestlé Waters announced this week that it will extend its partnership with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to certify 20 global factories by 2020, including bottling plants in Canada. The announcement builds upon the company's success certifying four water bottling facilities in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and in California. Nestlé has committed to certify additional sites in…

October 26, 2017 @ 3:39pm

Professional engineer and water scientist Steve Hrudey was recently inducted as a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Steve is an internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and a tireless advocate for scientific excellence. His work has empowered those who operate water systems everywhere to ensure the health of the people they…

October 26, 2017 @ 2:29pm

Pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, are an increasingly common pollutant in water systems. Catherine Hui Niu, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan is exploring ways to use barley straw as an environmentally-friendly material to help soak up certain types of antibiotics in wastewater. After pharmaceuticals…

October 26, 2017 @ 10:13am

Algal blooms are a frequent and wide-spread problem that is hurting the Ontario economy, threatening human and ecological health, and Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is demanding that provincial ministries do more to protect our waters from the nutrient pollution that drives the blooms. In her latest report,  Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights…

October 25, 2017 @ 1:36pm

An international coalition of non-governmental organizations has welcomed the new Assessment Report Summary released last week in Geneva by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges States and the industry to end deadly and damaging mining waste spills by enforcing a zero-failure objective. The joint UNEP-GRID Arendal assessment, Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident,…

October 25, 2017 @ 10:15am

A new paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that arsenic in drinking water may have one of the longest dormancy periods of any carcinogen. By tracking the mortality rates of people exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water in a region in Chile, the researchers provide evidence of increases…

October 25, 2017 @ 8:10am

Understanding the fine-level interactions between nature and people is essential in determining whether a region will suffer water scarcity in the future. That's a key finding of a study titled, Finding Water Scarcity Amid Abundance Using Human-Natural System Models, to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Up…

October 25, 2017 @ 7:56am

Nutrient pollution and water quality is a common challenge in many for freshwater ecosystems in Manitoba and globally, causing persistent and damaging eutrophication. Although many prairie lakes are monitored, the information available on the specific nutrient sources and in-lake processes that change the lake's chemistry are not well understood. This poses challenges…

October 24, 2017 @ 6:34pm

Vancouver has over 45,000 catch basins removing excess water from streets during rainfall events. Acknowledging that the city can only do so much to remove leaves, debris, and litter from storm drains and catch basins, the city has adopted an Adopt a Catch Basin program to engage citizens and children to help rainwater drain properly.…

October 24, 2017 @ 4:57pm

In early October, the CLEER (Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged, and Remediated) mining sector's supercluster proposal received notification that it made the shortlist for federal funding. Now, the CLEER Mining Supercluster group, led by the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), is looking for Canadian technology partners, including those active in mining…

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