29 Results for drought

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

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

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

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

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

On September 1st, British Columbia upgraded the Nicola, Salmon, and Similkameen river basins to Drought Level 4. These are in addition to the Coldwater river basin, which was declared drought level 4 in mid-August. The Province is urging all surface water and groundwater users, including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities,…

September 06, 2017 @ 11:42am

The Government of British Columbia has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Coldwater River watershed and a Level 3 drought rating for the Salmon River watershed. The province is urging all water users, including residents, industry, farmers, and municipalities, to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The…

August 24, 2017 @ 10:29am

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

The Water Stories: The global water crisis in pictures open-air, public exhibition at the Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre July 8 to 24—the only Canadian stop on a global, seven-city tour. Since 2011, American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled the world for his photographic project on water.…

July 21, 2017 @ 9:03am

The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to…

March 23, 2017 @ 8:35am

Steinbeck was right. A new study has found that some droughts can travel hundreds of kilometres from their point of origin and that once a drought reaches a threshold of intensity, conditions will worsen before improving. The study, published March 4th in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, was conducted in collaboration…

March 09, 2017 @ 8:12am

The Alberta government has announced an additional $31 million in funding for the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) and $14 million for the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP). The flood and drought resiliency grant programs proved to have high demand. To date, more than $100 million has been invested…

December 19, 2016 @ 8:16am

Nova Scotia has introduced legislation to assist municipalities and residents who are experiencing dry wells as a result of a historic water shortage. Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter introduced on November 3rd allow municipalities to create a program that would pay the costs…

November 04, 2016 @ 8:37am

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

South Nation Conservation (SNC)’s Water Response Team is moving to a level III (severe) drought conditions for two sub-watersheds within the SNC jurisdiction. The rest of the jurisdiction will continue to be in level II (moderate) drought conditions as originally issued on July 8, 2016. The Bearbrook and Upper South…

August 31, 2016 @ 9:24am

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 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

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 Lesser Slave Watershed Council Project will receive a $37,480 grant through a Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program to will improve the flood and drought resiliency of communities in northern Alberta. The grant is part of a third round of funding to be used for the restoration of priority riparian…

August 15, 2016 @ 8:15am

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

In response to low rainfall and record high temperatures across southern and eastern Vancouver Island, the province is putting residents on the highest drought alert and closing most streams and rivers to angling. Government staff have upgraded the drought in the region to Level 4—extremely dry—and are urging all water…

June 30, 2016 @ 7:12am

Residents of the Regional District of Nanaimo can now use an online interactive place-based tool to learn about water supplies and use, as part of the regional district's Drinking Water Watershed Protection program. The map app combines provincial, district, and citizen science data to display graphical information about land use,…

October 18, 2015 @ 12:48pm

Residents and watershed groups in Prince Edward Island are concerned that the city of Charlottetown’s water restrictions are insufficient for preserving the health of small streams. Sarah Wheatley, watershed co-ordinator of the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association says they have been monitoring the situation for several years and have documented…

September 11, 2015 @ 11:47am

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is investing nearly $200,000 in a research project aimed at addressing the disproportionate burden First Nations communities in Canada face in terms of unsafe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, as well as drought and flood risks. The research will investigate methods of integrating western…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:53am

Farmers and ranchers in the 65 drought-designated RMs in Southwest Saskatchewan, looking for long-term solutions to deal with drought, will receive additional support. The federal and provincial governments are working together to increase funding for the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) to $29 million. The FRWIP, announced last…

March 09, 2009 @ 12:38pm

Funds A wastewater treatment plant in Cambridge, Ont. is getting a $21-million upgrade: the aim is to "dewater" the sludge held in its digesters. Meanwhile, Victoria, B.C. water pipes are getting a $10-million upgrade. The watermains, installed in 1927, will ensure quality drinking water and improved water pressure for firefighting.…

September 02, 2008 @ 10:19am

According to anews release from the Earth Times, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought Wednesday after two years of below average rain and snow falls has left California's water reserves at dangerously low levels.The order does not mandate water saving measures by consumers. It directs state officials to…

June 05, 2008 @ 12:00am