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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

 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The indicators will form the basis of a national framework for players across the value chain to produce…

September 01, 2017 @ 2:03pm

The Grand River Conservation Authority is providing farmer in Haldimand County funds to plant a cover crop,  a best management practice that is growing in popularity across Ontario. The recently updated Haldimand Rural Water Quality Program now offers landowners an incentive of $20 per acre for up to 50 acres…

August 04, 2017 @ 5:16pm

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $25.7 million in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, which is part of the $70.5-million funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. This program is part of broader efforts by this Government to advance work on freshwater management in Canada. Minister McKenna…

July 24, 2017 @ 1:08pm

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced that the agency will award $13 million to projects in seven states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). “These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in…

July 24, 2017 @ 12:43pm

Ministers of agriculture reached agreement in Newfoundland this week on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial agricultural policy framework, during the annual meeting held July 19-21. The new agreement defines how a $3 billion investment will be allocated over five years, replacing the Growing Forward framework that has…

July 22, 2017 @ 11:10am

Leading biosolids and organics solutions provider, Lystek International, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a two-year contract for Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids Services by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Under the terms of this competitive contract, Lystek agrees to process up to 3,500 tons of…

July 19, 2017 @ 7:35am

A new initiative launched this week, called The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative, is developing innovative tools, practices and technologies to help farmers and municipalities reduce phosphorus and algal blooms in the southwestern Ontario watershed which feeds into Lake Erie. “We’re determined to improve the quality of water in the…

June 27, 2017 @ 4:42pm

The federal government has announced $27 million over five-years (2016-2021) through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). The investment is intended to help create technologies, practices and processes to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation by developing new farming practices and methods.…

April 27, 2017 @ 1:56pm

The Government of Nova Scotia announced on April 10 that work to replace the LaPlanche Aboiteau in Amherst was completed. The aboiteau runs along the Chignecto Isthmus and protects about $40 million in provincial and municipal infrastructure, including roads and railways. “Now with the project complete, people in the community…

April 11, 2017 @ 9:50am

Working together with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners, the Alberta government has dedicated $9 million to protect ranchlands, river habitats, and watersheds in southern Alberta. Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects, including three large ranches to help keep ranchlands intact. Shannon Phillips,…

March 27, 2017 @ 4:51pm

A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's…

March 21, 2017 @ 8:05am

The Governments of Canada and Ontario have released a draft action plan that will help to reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth of toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change said, "We intrinsically understand its importance, and we all have…

March 10, 2017 @ 2:24pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant priority pathogens, cataloguing 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was created to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address…

March 01, 2017 @ 11:46am

The City of Vernon is partnering with Genome BC and the University of Victoria on an innovative research project to identify threats to stream health in the community. Urban streams are of significant community value and the water has a range of uses from recreational to agricultural. Vernon is interested…

February 22, 2017 @ 9:14am

The municipal council of Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba are reviewing options to improve water quality of Crescent Lake. The lake serves as the receiving environment for the city’s storm water runoff, provides year-round habitat for aquatic organisms, seasonal habitat for large numbers of migratory waterfowl and other…

December 15, 2016 @ 10:00am

A group of American universities and government agencies has completed a socio-economic study of agricultural management plans for curtailing harmful algal blooms and the willingness to pay for them. The researchers announced their first results this week, both at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting and in a special issue…

December 14, 2016 @ 3:49pm

Efforts to reduce phosphorus loss into Ontario waterways and the Great Lakes will progress thanks to the funding announcement of $203,000 from Growing Forward 2, a Federal agricultural funding program administered through the Agricultural Adaptation Council. These funds will be matched with $100,000 from participating organizations, including the Ontario Federation…

December 13, 2016 @ 10:11am

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) voted in a new president this week at the 81st annual meeting and convention. Keith Currie, a Simcoe County crop farmer, was acclaimed as an Ontario Federation of Agriculture president at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Outgoing president, Don McCabe, a Lambton county farmer,…

November 22, 2016 @ 10:45am

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and ALUS Canada have announced a new $5 million investment to support the an program known as ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative that will focus on preserving ecological goods and services on farmlands in Canada. The quantifiable environmental outcomes achieved by the program include…

November 16, 2016 @ 1:34pm

On October 30, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, signed the much anticipated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium. The Agreement is touted to be…

October 31, 2016 @ 11:05am

The federal, provincial and territorial governments have developed a resource, the Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture, to improve Canada’s ability to address risks and emergencies, from prevention to recovery, and to strengthen the resilience, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector. Within that Framework, a risk analysis was conducted, identifying four key areas…

September 07, 2016 @ 12:07pm

More than 100 people gathered at Springview Farm in Waterford, Ontario, today to celebrate the Ontario relaunch of ALUS Canada, a national program that funds farmers and ranchers producing clean air, clean water, pollinator habitat and other ecosystem services. Guest speakers included MP Diane Finley, MPP Toby Barrett's representative Jeff…

August 24, 2016 @ 12:57pm

The Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall has made changes to his cabinet, and Scott Moe will assume the role of Minister of Environment and Minister with responsibilties for SaskWater, the province's commercial crown water utility and the Water Security Agency. Wall said, “In the April election, we were fortunate that…

August 24, 2016 @ 11:02am

This week, Chatham, Ont. Councillor Michael Bondy will present a motion to council to seek a moratorium of wind turbines from the province until further assessment of the impacts of vibrations on local groundwater. Bondy is calling on the province to end all further construction until an environmental study is…

August 22, 2016 @ 6:50am

Despite normal flows for many streams and Level 1 drought conditions elsewhere within the Nicola region, low flows in the Coldwater River system are nearing Level 4—extremely dry--drought conditions. The Coldwater River is located in south central British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest tributary of the Nicola River, which…

August 19, 2016 @ 11:49am

As a result of prolonged dry conditions along the coast, the Skeena-Nass area of British Columbia is experiencing Level 3 hydrological drought conditions. The Level 3 designation calls for voluntary water-use reductions of 30 per cent from all surface water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural, and industrial users. Ministry…

August 15, 2016 @ 12:51pm

The Grand River watershed in Southwestern, Ont. has declared a Level 2 drought condition under the Ontario Low Water Response Program. The declaration was made Wednesday afternoon by the Grand River Low Water Response team. This means that all water users throughout the watershed on both municipal and private water…

August 11, 2016 @ 11:45am

A combination of below-average precipitation this year with hot summer temperatures has resulted in water levels in local streams dropping well below normal. As a result, Conservation Halton is escalating from a Level I to a Level II Low Water Condition, based on criteria set out in the Ontario Low…

August 11, 2016 @ 9:36am

If only the rains would come. In southwestern Ontario, the 2016 summer has seen limited and localized rainfall over much of Brant County, with Whitemans Creek and McKenzie Creek subwatersheds experiencing drought conditions. If the predictions from intergovernmental agencies are correct, then the summer of 2016 could be a taste…

August 09, 2016 @ 1:47pm

An overwhelming majority of wineries in Ontario recognize the value of water and how sustainable water management practices can improve winery operational performance, reduce costs and support growth, a recent survey of Ontario wineries found. The 2016 survey, conducted by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability, showed that 94 per cent…

August 09, 2016 @ 9:03am

More than 100 people gathered in Edmonton this week for the relaunch of ALUS Canada—a national program that uses a market-based system to fund farmers and ranchers to produce clean air, clean water, pollinator habitat, and other ecosystem services. "Since 2010, ALUS Canada has invested nearly $674,000 in Alberta's ALUS…

July 29, 2016 @ 6:43am

Farm leaders met this week to discuss policy and program recommendations with federal, provincial, and territorial agriculture ministers. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture's (CFA) also hosted its annual industry-government roundtable in Calgary last Wednesday. The meeting were organized to identify priorities based on the current suite of programs under Growing Forward…

July 28, 2016 @ 7:37am

The Saskatchewan government's Water Security Agency (WSA) will be enforcing new regulations to close unapproved drainage works that currently contribute water to the Quill Lakes. “Our government introduced new drainage regulations last fall and the Quill Lakes is a priority area where impacts to landowners around the lake need to…

July 14, 2016 @ 1:53pm

The tradeoffs between water, energy, and climate change are being handled cooperatively in Alberta through a new five-year agreement between the provincial government and TransAlta. The new agreement will allow the province to modify operations at Ghost Reservoir for flood mitigation purposes from May 16 to July 7 each year,…

May 01, 2016 @ 6:06pm

Ontario Pork, the industry association that represents the 1,369 farmers in the province, released its inaugural Social Responsibility Report, measuring economic, environmental, social, and governance performance. The report includes a lifecycle assessment of water in Ontario hog farming. "We are proud to be the first livestock group in the province…

March 31, 2016 @ 12:50pm

Researchers at the University of Ottawa and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington have published an article exploring the direct link between human caused groundwater depletion and the uplift of California’s Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which may increase the number of earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. Pascal Audet…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:11am

The federal government announced on Tuesday that 19 projects will receive funding under round six of the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund. "Since 2008, the five-year Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund has provided more than $15 million to 165 local projects undertaken to preserve and improve this important water body. Today, we…

February 26, 2011 @ 5:01pm

Saskatchewan's Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program will now be available to the entire province. Originally offered in the southwest last year, the expanded program will support the development of secure water sources to expand the livestock industry, encourage rural economic activity and mitigate the effects of future drought. Farmers,…

April 07, 2009 @ 11:30am

While pesticide use is a reality for many farms, Manitoba farmers are taking steps to protect the land and water by avoiding the careless dumping of chemical waste. Over 51,158 kilograms of unwanted and obsolete agricultural pesticides—enough to fill approximately four semi-trailers—have been safely and environmentally disposed of, thanks to…

April 01, 2009 @ 6:49am

Farmers and other groundwater users in the Annapolis Valley are being asked to take part in a study that will help to improve water-use planning. The departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture are working together…

January 05, 2009 @ 12:07pm