97 Results for conservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The City of Beaconsfield was awarded a certificate of recognition for programs relating to water conservation and drinking water, as part of Réseau Environnement’s Municipalité Écon’eau awards program. The City of Beaconsfield belongs to the Municipalités Écon’eau group, a recognition and discussion program in water conservation that has a limited…

October 16, 2017 @ 10:50am

The City of Charlottetown and PEI are collaborating on the delivery of sustainability programs to assist low-income residents with water conservation and energy savings programs. The Low Income Financial and Technical (LIFT) program provides residents with the opportunity to have a residential water audit completed free of charge. The audit…

September 28, 2017 @ 12:14pm

Montreal’s CSL Group (CSL)—an owner and operator of self-unloading cargo ships—has released its fourth annual Corporate Sustainability Report,detailing the company's ongoing efforts to improve its performance on a wide range of sustainability-related goals, including ballast water management. The report includes CSL's sustainability results for the 2016–17 fiscal year and covers…

September 25, 2017 @ 3:15pm

London, Ontario’s Trojan Technologies has had their Marinex technology selected by the Dutch company Damen Green Solutions to outfit an Australian research vessel. Damen Green has designed a ballast water management system (BWMS) for the Government of Australia’s next-generation Antarctic Supply and Research Vessel (ASRV). The company called this a…

September 21, 2017 @ 12:08pm

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented. "Drought, and the conservation strategies that are often enacted in response to it, both likely limit the role reuse may play in…

September 18, 2017 @ 11:12am

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing nearly $160,000 to stabilize the shoreline at Crooked Lake Provincial Park to protect park greenspace from further erosion. Caused by extremely high water levels and wave activity from 2012 to 2015, erosion has impacted the adjacent campgrounds and park space. Work to stabilize and…

September 18, 2017 @ 10:40am

A riverbank stabilization project in Winnipeg has been completed. The successful project on Lyndale Drive improves the reliability of the city's primary dike, protects the road and nearby utilities, and at the same time enhances the riverbank area. “This project will not only provide functional upgrades to the riverbank through…

September 15, 2017 @ 10:12am

Yesterday, the U.S.’s Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee and the bi-national Council of Great Lakes Fishery Agencies announced the discovery of grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary. The recent discovery is not an indicator of the population size of grass carp in the Sandusky River, but it does…

September 06, 2017 @ 12:51pm

An updated management document for the conservation of Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo, British Columbia has been approved by the City Council. Using what the city calls a harmonized approach, updates to managing the area in and around Buttertubs Marsh include defining the conservation area and a common management approach. "The…

August 31, 2017 @ 11:42am

​Lethbridge, Alberta’s city council has adopted a River Valley Parks Master Plan, which calls for all future roads and parking in the area to incorporate Low Impact Development (LID). The plan will provide a long-term strategy for protecting and sustainably managing natural areas in the Oldman River valley while developing…

August 30, 2017 @ 10:22am

Alberta philanthropist David Bissett and the national charitable organization ALUS Canada today announced The Bissett Action Fund, a $500,000 gift which will help support wetland restoration and other projects on farms and ranches in southern Alberta. "It's all very well to promote conservation," said Bissett, "but we can't regulate farmers…

August 29, 2017 @ 2:06pm

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning. “Our government believes there are tremendous ecological opportunities to improve the future of our province through effective watershed management strategies,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires. “With the development…

August 22, 2017 @ 4:53pm

Cambridge, Ontario, has won an award for its innovative sewer maintenance practice of ice pigging. Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Lynn Dollin, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), presented a Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award to the City of Cambridge for its innovative practice. The…

August 22, 2017 @ 9:55am

Today, the Quebec portion of the Ottawa River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, joining the Ontario portion in this designation. The Ottawa River's designation as a Heritage River recognizes the river's outstanding cultural heritage value, including its significance to Indigenous Peoples, its history as an important trade and…

August 21, 2017 @ 1:06pm

Today, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) announced their selection of John MacKenzie as the new chief executive officer. After a year-long North American search, City of Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri, chair of TRCA, announced MacKenzie as the successor to current CEO, Brian Denney. Denney will step down as CEO…

August 02, 2017 @ 11:18am

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

On July 12th, Ottawa Riverkeeper (Sentinelle de la rivière des Outaouais) released 400 American eels on the shores of Petrie Island, Ottawa, and called for greater action on the part of hydroelectric operators to create accommodating infrastructure for the fresh water species. The eel release was part of a collaboration…

July 18, 2017 @ 11:14am

A study released this month by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo examined the financial impacts of wetlands on rural and urban flooding. “With the flooding events in recent history, it has become clear that that the human and financial costs of these events are…

July 17, 2017 @ 11:07am

Vancouver’s Goldcorp Inc. has released a report that details in part its water conservation strategy, Towards Zero Water, with the aim to reuse and recycle all water resources. In its 11th annual sustainability report, Goldcorp’s CEO, David Garofalo, writes that, “The most far-reaching announcement of the year was the launch…

July 06, 2017 @ 11:56am

The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) met in Whitehorse, Yukon and committed to collaboration to better manage Canada’s three coasts and inland waterways with Indigenous Peoples. Over two days, CCFAM met to discuss a broad range of common priorities. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast…

June 29, 2017 @ 2:21pm

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today released its third annual Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which reveals how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment, and socio-economic contributions. Safety and environmental protection are top priorities for Canadians when it comes to the transmission pipeline industry. In their…

June 29, 2017 @ 2:04pm

Yesterday, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) elected David Blom as its 43rd president at the organization's national board of directors' meeting. The Calgary businessman credits the conservation influences of family and friends for fostering his passion for water, wildlife, and the environment. Blom has been volunteering with DUC for more than 30 years. "I was raised…

June 26, 2017 @ 2:50pm

The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced an investment of $57.5 million into efforts to safeguard the St. Lawrence River. Together, the governments will work to protect the St. Lawrence River through scientific research, action, and collaboration with their partners, including NGOs, private sector, Mohawk, Abenaki, Huron-Wendat, Maliseet, Micmacs…

June 26, 2017 @ 2:39pm

A ground survey to delineate wetlands in the area surrounding Parlee Beach begins this week. The project is part of the government’s effort to improve water quality at the beach. The declaration of Parlee Beach as a unique feature of the environment means developments that could affect water quality at…

June 21, 2017 @ 11:39am

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has announced  support of a Wildlife Conservation Society Canada report that provides clear scientific evidence for the protection of the Bighorn Backcountry, a key headwaters region on Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Y2Y has concurred with the report and its recommendation for increased provincial protection for the…

June 16, 2017 @ 10:55am

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island will invest in local water infrastructure to provide modern services for stormwater and drinking water. These investments aim to continue safeguarding the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways, and preserve local ecosystems. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and…

June 09, 2017 @ 11:29am

The Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada have created a National Advisory Panel on Canada’s biodiversity conservation initiative, which will guide the protection of 17 per cent of the country’s land and freshwater. Canada is committed to conserve at least 17 per cent of our country's land and freshwater through…

June 08, 2017 @ 11:09am

In November 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the Oceans Protection Plan, which includes funding for coastal restoration projects. This national strategy aims to create a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The $1.5 billion strategy is delivering the…

June 01, 2017 @ 11:10am

There is an enormous opportunity in the Province of Ontario, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through the municipal water sector. That is the overarching message of a new report from the Ontario Environment Commissioner, Dianne Saxe's office released this week. While several U.S. studies and one earlier report…

May 31, 2017 @ 11:03am

The Government of Canada has announced $5.5 million in funding for environmental projects will be available under the Environmental Damages Fund. Past funding has been used to preserve, restore, and research Canadian watercourses. Through the Environmental Damages Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in areas where environmental damage has…

May 18, 2017 @ 10:33am

The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) has recognized the City of Guelph's leadership in water conservation with a 2017 Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency for its updated water efficiency strategy in the Public Sector & Utilities Award category. The City was also recognized for its water-based youth education programming…

May 11, 2017 @ 9:27am

The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Department is exploring the possibility of offering a Low Income Financial and Technical (LIFT) program for low income customers of the Utility. The intent of the program would be to provide those in need of assistance with an opportunity to have their…

May 09, 2017 @ 10:56am

On April 24th, the City Council of Burnaby, British Columbia, heard a report to council regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which the report anticipates would have significant impacts on the Brunette River watershed. In November, 2016, the Federal Governor in Council granted approval for the Kinder…

April 28, 2017 @ 10:43am

Google’s new office in Kitchener, Ontario, will save 500,000 Litres of water a year, while maximizing health and wellness through a variety of initiatives. For its sustainable practices, the building has earned a LEED v4 Silver rating for Interior Design + Construction (ID+C). Yesterday, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)…

April 26, 2017 @ 10:15am

British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement that pledges to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries. “By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work…

April 06, 2017 @ 9:19am

The City of Charlottetown plans to transition its current wastewater treatment facility, or pollution control plant, to a resource recovery facility that would have long-term financial, environmental, and social benefits for the Greater Charlottetown Area. Project components that are currently being considered include renewable energy production, biosolid drying, and end-use…

March 15, 2017 @ 6:49am

At their 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Board of Directors secured continuity by re-electing Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe to the position of Chair for a third term and Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson to the position of Vice Chair for a second term. LSRCA also…

February 08, 2017 @ 12:53pm

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those that they…

January 30, 2017 @ 10:13am

Coldwater Consulting Ltd., a Canadian engineering firm focused on water- and shoreline-related projects, has been contracted to build an intertidal reef as a shoreline conservation method at the beachhead and dunes along the coast of Souris Beach and causeway in Prince Edward Island. The firm has a collective experience on…

November 25, 2016 @ 9:52am

On October 20th, officials from 14 municipalities along the Lake Huron shoreline, from Sarnia to Tobermory, gathered to discuss collaborative conservation practices. Facilitated by The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, the forum offered presentations from Ted Briggs, Great Lakes advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change;…

November 01, 2016 @ 8:19am

Over $5 million in funding has been granted by Sustain Our Great Lakes to 19 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes Basin. The funding comes from the U.S.’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and will benefit projects both sides of the border. Of that funding, $100,000 will be…

September 30, 2016 @ 9:15am

In Saskatchewan, the Upper Souris Watershed Association (USWA) spearheads the Wetland Restoration Landowner Incentive Program (WRLIP) that allows agricultural landowners to restore previously drained wetlands on their property. If a landowner's property has previously been drained by a man-made ditch, they are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $2,000…

September 30, 2016 @ 8:02am

The Coca-Cola Company and its global bottling partners today announced they have met their goal to replenish (or balance) the equivalent amount of water used in their global sales volume back to nature and communities. Based on this achievement, Coca-Cola is the first Fortune 500 company to publicly claim achieving…

August 29, 2016 @ 4:45am

As the Skeena-Nass area of British Columbia continues to experience Level 3 hydrological drought conditions, leaders from the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition express concern about the long-term health of the watershed and fish populations. Executive director, Shannon McPhail said, "I’m seeing dry gravel bars in rivers that have always been…

August 16, 2016 @ 8:04am

The Skeena River–British Columbia’s second largest river–remains largely undeveloped and has diverse wild salmon populations, but for decades there has been conflict over how to manage wild pacific salmon with habitat loss, major sockeye enhancement developments, bi-catch in fisheries, and now in the face of increasing major developments. A new…

June 17, 2016 @ 5:43am

Tracking water usage just got easier for Toronto residents. The city has launched MyWaterToronto, an online tool that enables customers to view their water use information from a computer or mobile device. “This new online is exciting because it allows residents to view their water use information anytime, anywhere as…

February 29, 2016 @ 9:01am

The Stewards of the Cootes Watershed group are asking the City of Hamilton for $86 thousand to help carry out their shoreline cleanup and conservation activities. The $86 thousands represents less than a quarter of the funding needed to run two programs simultaneously, based on and estimate $110,000 in "sweat…

February 01, 2016 @ 1:38pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the new National Conservation Plan (NCP) on May 15 in New Maryland, New Brunswick. The plan aims to provide a “more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters in and around…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:14am

The Province of Manitoba released a new Peatlands Stewardship Strategy on April 30, including Canada’s first stand-alone legislation on the subject. The legislation will ensure healthy, well-managed peatland ecosystems that provide important conservation benefits. [caption id="attachment_19205" align="alignright" width="300"] The peatlands strategy will include 22 interconnected initiatives. Credit: Boreal.[/caption] “Peatlands are…

May 12, 2014 @ 8:07am

Manitoba has announced actions to protect Lake Winnipeg from invasive zebra mussels, which have been found in harbours at Gimli, Willow Point, Boundary Creek Marina/Winnipeg Beach, and Balsam Bay. The province has invested $500,000 to use liquid potash in efforts to eradicate the invasive species. “Our first priority is to…

May 02, 2014 @ 11:38am

Pigeon Lake has joined Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes in a program that seeks to enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of lakes across the City of Kawartha Lakes. An official launch for the Pigeon Lake Management Plan was held this week at Kawartha Settler’s Village in Bobcaygeon. “The…

April 24, 2012 @ 1:11pm

Nova Scotia has released its new Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy (PDF). With a focus on the roles wetlands play to the province's landscapes and their value to society, the policy represents a commitment to consistent management of Nova Scotia’s wetlands while allowing for sustainable economic development in surrounding communities.…

October 17, 2011 @ 12:23pm

[caption id="attachment_7287" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Peakes Quay in Charlottetown. Image via Qyd."][/caption] The City of Charlottetown, PEI has hired an experienced individual to help Charlottetown better protect its groundwater. "We are extremely lucky to live in Charlottetown with the water quality that we have," said Ramona Doyle, who is excited about…

November 01, 2010 @ 10:49am

Water conservation efforts in Manitoba will be further improved with the development of a new strategic plan by Manitoba Water Stewardship and the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), supported by an $80,000 grant to IISD, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced on August 23. The development of the…

August 24, 2010 @ 6:49am

More than 580 billion litres of drinking water, the equivalent of 236,000 Olympic swimming pools, are being wasted every year by homeowners in the Great Lakes region of Ontario and Quebec, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. Down the Drain: Water Conservation in the Great Lakes Basin…

July 05, 2010 @ 11:31am

The City of Guelph, Ontario continues to blaze a trail in water conservation and efficiency. Just a few weeks ago, the City defined vulnerable local water supply source areas in need of protection in compliance with the provincial Clean Water Act. It also introduced rebates for installing water efficient furnace-mounted…

April 07, 2010 @ 5:06am

In the food and beverage processing industry, water represents as much as eight per cent of a company’s total cost of production, and the costs to use water—and to comply with regulations affecting its use—continue to mount. In April 2010 Ontario food and beverage processors will have access to a…

March 18, 2010 @ 11:12am

With the announcement of the proposed Water Opportunities Act in yesterday's Speech from the Throne, the Ontario government is setting the province on a path to become a global leader in water technology. At the same time, the environmental community is urging the government to include commitments to address Ontario's…

March 09, 2010 @ 8:09am

[caption id="attachment_5140" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, David C. Onley."][/caption] "The world needs Ontario. The world needs what we have to offer," said Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley in Monday's Speech from the Throne, which launched the Province's new five-year Open Ontario Plan. The plan, which seeks to "create an Ontario…

March 08, 2010 @ 1:02pm

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August 19, 2009 @ 8:34am

Guelph, Ontario's City Council voted to adopt the policy recommendations of Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy Update (WCESU) at this week's Council meeting. The recommendations include formally endorsing the three water reduction goals of the City's Water Supply Master Plan (WSMP), the formation of a Water Conservation and Efficiency Advisory…

May 27, 2009 @ 8:00am

The total amount of water used in Calgary continues to stay below 2003 levels despite 120,000 new Calgarians being connected to the city's water system since that time. According to the latest Year End Water Efficiency Report, Calgary is still on track to meet its 30-in-30 Water Efficiency Plan goal-reducing…

February 27, 2009 @ 1:10pm

The largest single funder of clean technology in Canada is calling for Statements of Interest for its fifteenth round of funding. Although applications to all related sectors are encouraged, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has a particular interest in water purification, conservation, waste and storm water treatment, and predicts higher…

February 26, 2009 @ 7:48am

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and Alberta Environment are calling for feedback from stakeholders on a draft directive, which proposes new requirements for the measurement, reporting, and use of water in thermal in situ oil sands operations that will save an estimated 220.5 million barrels of fresh water over…

February 19, 2009 @ 8:25am

Alberta has released a long-term development plan, highlighting sustainable and responsible growth for its oil sands. The 20-year plan, titled Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands, aims to reduce the environmental footprint, optimize economic growth, and increase the quality of life in Alberta's oil sands regions. Water highlights…

February 13, 2009 @ 10:03am

An instant rebate as part of the WaterSmart Manitoba initiative will be offered at participating retailers on the purchase of high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets for one day, February 21, Water Stewardship Minister has Christine Melnick announced. "We have worked with retailers to join in this new effort and are pleased with…

January 13, 2009 @ 2:21pm

Some of Alberta's largest users of waters are taking action to develop and implement water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans as part of the province's renewed Water for Life strategy. The Alberta Water Council released a report on December 16, 2008 outlining 21 recommendations for water conservation, efficiency and productivity…

December 17, 2008 @ 9:24am