71 Results for groundwater

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSP Global Inc. has announced its acquisition of Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc. (LBG), a 150-employee groundwater and environmental engineering services firm based in the United States. LBG brings seven decades of wide-ranging expertise in hydrogeology, groundwater, and surface water modeling, dewatering, and depressurization, environmental investigation, and remediation. The LBG…

September 05, 2017 @ 12:08pm

The Province of Ontario has announced it will be charging water bottling companies an additional $500 for groundwater withdrawals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, water bottlers will pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken. The government has instituted the new fee in order to help recover costs associated with…

June 08, 2017 @ 5:11pm

Plants are one of the largest consumptive water users on earth. Through transpiration, they move entire rivers of water into the atmosphere, yet, this part of the hydrologic cycle has historically been the difficult to quantify. In an effort to better understand how water should be managed at regional scales,…

May 02, 2017 @ 10:50am

Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water…

April 26, 2017 @ 9:21am

On March 16th, Prince Edward Island released its draft Water Act for public comment. The draft is comprised of existing and new legislation, which includes purpose and goals, a quantity and quality monitoring program, and a public registry for all water-related approvals. The province has stated that the act is…

March 21, 2017 @ 7:51am

Manitoba has given a first reading to its Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, 2017, or Bill 24. The changes would impact The Drinking Water Safety Act and The Groundwater and Water Well Act, among others. The proposed legislation is intended to “reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory…

March 17, 2017 @ 8:23am

Amidst the confusion about what new B.C. groundwater regulations mean for residents, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has developed a guide that explains the process for water licenses. “Most people in the Okanagan are on municipal water utilities. But there are still a large number who are on their…

February 17, 2017 @ 1:31pm

A report from Global Market Insights, Inc., released today, on the hydraulic fracturing market, suggests the industry share is poised to exceed USD 68 billion by 2024. Plug and perforation hydraulic fracturing market size was valued at over USD 15 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow and accounted…

February 09, 2017 @ 10:02am

New Brunswick has announced a working group to help provide recommendations to the government and direct a provincial water strategy. The announcement came today from Serge Rousselle, Q.C., Minister of Environment and Local Government and Attorney General for the province. “Last year, during engagement sessions held by the department to…

January 27, 2017 @ 11:56am

Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change.…

January 19, 2017 @ 10:03am

Imperial Oil has committed a $181M security for the cleanup of its oilfield in Norman Wells, North West Territories. The site remediation plan emphasizes protection of natural watercourses in the region. The Norman Wells extraction site has been in operation since the 1920s when the first well was drilled on…

December 21, 2016 @ 2:32pm

The Ontario government announced its two-year moratorium on new or expanded water-taking permits for companies who bottle water. The province’s moratorium bans new water bottling facilities from taking groundwater and prohibits existing facilities from increasing their groundwater taking or testing for future groundwater sources. According to the government press release,…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:41am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final report on hydraulic fracturing, which details the impact of the process on drinking water. The report, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report), outlines six…

December 15, 2016 @ 12:36pm

The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced this week at a gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities…

December 02, 2016 @ 7:13am

The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. will celebrate the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards at a gala event held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto this week. The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing recognition of the builders, innovators, and visionaries who are…

November 28, 2016 @ 8:24am

On Thursday, the issue of groundwater permits, climate change, water security was the topic of debate between NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray. Horwath targeted a question for the Deputy Premier, Deborah Matthews and MPP for London North Centre, who volleyed it…

October 07, 2016 @ 7:55am

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

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 Government of British Columbia will take a series of immediate steps toward ensuring safe drinking water for approximately 200 residents near Spallumcheen, just north of Kelowna. Residents within Steel Springs Water District have been under a water-quality advisory since 2014 because of elevated nitrate levels in their local drinking…

April 06, 2016 @ 11:31am

Hydrogeologist John Anthony Cherry was awarded this year's Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize during Singapore's World Water Week. The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations towards solving the world's water challenges by applying innovative technologies, policies or programmes which benefit humanity. This international award…

March 22, 2016 @ 7:29am

One third of the residents in Ontario, everyone in PEI, and 80 per cent of rural residents in Canada depend on groundwater for their daily personal use, yet very little data is recorded on groundwater supply, or its depletion. In a new report entitled,"Our Groundwater, Our Future – From Data to…

February 07, 2016 @ 3:42pm

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

A new report released today seeks to aid provincial and federal governments in determining the best areas in which to advance studies related to hydraulic fracturing and water in Canada. The report, entitled, Water and Hydraulic Fracturing: Where Knowledge can best support decisions in Canada, was issued by the Canadian…

October 06, 2015 @ 7:10am

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

New rules being proposed this week would replace Manitoba's almost 50-year-old groundwater regulations as part of a strategy to better protect the 25 per cent of Manitobans who rely on well water, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today. About 1,500 water wells are drilled in Manitoba each…

May 15, 2012 @ 2:29pm

[caption id="attachment_11732" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Goldstream Park River. Photo: goldstreampark.com"][/caption] Victoria public had the opportunity to learn more about river remediation at an open house at British Columbia's Goldstream Provincial Park this past weekend. The event highlighted remediation work in the surrounding area and river after a Columbia Fuels truck overturned…

April 15, 2012 @ 3:51pm

Manitoba is seeking input from the public, the water well-drilling industry, the geothermal industry, and other stakeholders on a new Groundwater and Water Well Act. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh made the announcement last week on World Water Day, asking the public to review and provide comments on the proposed changes. "More than 25…

March 28, 2012 @ 9:19am

[caption id="attachment_9343" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Glen Semenchuk of CEMA."][/caption] The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) has launched a new Groundwater Working Group (GWWG) to focus on improving scientific knowledge of regional groundwater systems using effective characterization, monitoring, and modelling approaches that, according to a press release, "support and promote the overall…

July 18, 2011 @ 5:28am

[caption id="attachment_8141" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The report's author Jim Bruce (centre) with N.W.T.’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Michael Miltenberger, and his wife Ruth Bruce at a CFCAS reception last year."][/caption] Better oversight of Canada’s groundwater resources is required in the face of numerous challenges, according to…

February 10, 2011 @ 10:21am

Low-flying helicopters will be mapping 18,000 square kilometres of underground water resources in southern Alberta, starting February 5. Residents and motorists may notice helicopters towing specialized equipment in the skies within an area stretching from approximately Calgary and Drumheller to Fort Macleod and Vauxhall. The technique, called airborne geophysics, uses…

February 04, 2011 @ 4:21pm

[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

The government is failing to follow through on all of its environmental promises, says Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller. "This government rightly prides itself on the progress it has made in passing legislation to protect the environment," says Miller, "but actions on the ground often undermine it." In his 2009/2010…

September 24, 2010 @ 1:45pm

The University of Guelph has opened the first phase of a new centre to help ensure safe and sustainable groundwater supplies that is intended to become one of the most advanced bedrock aquifer research facilities in North America. “This state-of-the-art facility will allow our researchers to discover new information about…

June 30, 2010 @ 9:51am

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

The City of Guelph, Ontario made two big announcements yesterday. Firstly, the City has identified vulnerable local water supply source areas in need of protection, called wellhead protection areas and intake protection zones, in compliance with the provincial Clean Water Act. All Ontario cities, including Guelph, are required by the…

March 16, 2010 @ 2:12pm

Earlier this week, a contract valued at $3.8 million was awarded to a Cape Breton company as the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup heads into its peak construction season. McNally Construction Inc., Port Hawkesbury, was awarded the contract to remove contaminated material from the lower reaches of Coke…

March 11, 2010 @ 11:51am

[caption id="attachment_4997" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Phytase produced in the salivary glands and secreted in the saliva increases the digestion of phosphorus contained in feed grains. Image via uoguelph.ca/enviropig."][/caption] Environment Canada has announced that the University of Guelph has successfully satisfied the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act allowing the "Enviropig"…

February 22, 2010 @ 1:46pm

[caption id="attachment_4795" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Environment Minister Rob Renner wants to make better water management decisions for Alberta."][/caption] What flies above will soon give improved knowledge about what flows below. Starting January 16, residents and motorists may notice low-flying aircraft streaking across the sky on a mission to better map underground…

January 15, 2010 @ 9:47am

Edmonton-based Seair Inc. has sold six large industrial water treatment units to an oil sands facility for use in treating groundwater prior to mining. The water, which has not come in contact with the mining operation, can be pumped out and released to the environment as long as it meets…

December 15, 2009 @ 12:45pm

TRIUM Environmental Solutions Inc. has received funding from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. The $150,000 contribution will support the Cochrane, Alberta-based company in developing innovative techniques to improve water quality by using bentonite to remove salt from groundwater. TRIUM is a consulting-industry innovator with expertise…

August 12, 2009 @ 9:10am

The global membrane bioreactors (MBR) market will reach $1.3 billion by 2015, says a new report by Global Industry Analysts. The technology's growth will be primarily driven by stringent regulations, rising water scarcity, enhanced emphasis on water reuse and recycling for freshwater conservation. Additionally, promising applications such as groundwater remediation,…

June 22, 2009 @ 1:27pm

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Village of Pemberton, British Colombia. The Village has used the $80,000 grant to conduct a multifaceted study relating to water security and the sustainable management of the Village's potable water resources. The Village of…

June 04, 2009 @ 6:39am

On May 11, the Council of Canadian Academies will release a report entitled The Sustainable Management of Groundwater in Canada. In 2006, the Council was tasked by the Federal Minister of Natural Resources to identify, "from a science perspective, what is needed to achieve sustainable management of Canada's groundwater resources."…

May 07, 2009 @ 9:40am

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

AMERICANA, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, is happening from March 17-19 in Montreal, Quebec. Visit Canadian Water Treatment at Booth #1030! Check out the conference program schedule here.

March 13, 2009 @ 12:09pm

The District of North Cowichan, B.C. has received an environmental assessment (EA) certificate for its proposal to install and operate a groundwater supply for the Town of Chemainus during the fall, winter and spring to address seasonal turbidity problems with the existing surface water supply. Environment Minister Barry Penner and…

March 11, 2009 @ 1:36pm

The Township of Langley, B.C. is set to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by installing a thermal recovery pump system, with the help of a joint federal-provincial investment of $67,000. The new system for the Aldergrove Water Treatment Plant will consist of a new thermal recovery pump system that will…

March 03, 2009 @ 8:29am

The feds and the province of P.E.I. have announced eight new projects to improve and protect water resources and wetlands. Federal funding of $397,280 for these projects will be made under the Canada-Prince Edward Island National Water Program (CPEINWP), which focuses on environmental training, soil and water conservation projects, research…

February 17, 2009 @ 2:27pm

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 eight-minute DVD on groundwater is being distributed by Conservation Ontario across the province. The Groundwater, Ours to Protect video, produced by Quinte Conservation in partnership with Loyalist College, will be available to local schools, libraries and environmental groups. It's also available online. "We're extremely pleased with the response we've…

February 09, 2009 @ 8:51am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has announced a $227,750 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the City of Quinte West. The City is using funds to conduct a field test to determine the optimal treatment system to remediate the city-owned Murata Erie North America historical property. The City of Quinte…

February 03, 2009 @ 11:15am

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

[caption id="attachment_779" align="alignleft" width="158" caption="N.B. Environment Minister Roland Haché"][/caption] A new atlas is now available online to help people seeking information about the quality of groundwater in any given area. Environment Minister Roland Haché released the New Brunswick Groundwater Chemistry Atlas yesterday. "I am particularly proud to release this document,"…

December 16, 2008 @ 7:58am

The Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) has welcomed the Alberta Research Council (ARC) as its newest tenant.  ARC has opened its first British Columbia-based office at VITP to access Victoria's intellectual resources and expertise in water management, and to stimulate new opportunities for technology development and transfer across western Canada.…

December 12, 2008 @ 11:49am

Though Alberta's government has proclaimed it false, a new report from issued by Environmental Defence claims that over four billion litres of contaminated tailings water enters the groundwater each year as a result of oil sands operations. New projects, it adds, could expand this number to over 25 billion litres…

December 09, 2008 @ 12:23pm

Guelph City Council has approved new rates for pumping and treating Guelph's water and wastewater. Effective March 1, 2009, the new water rate will be $0.97 and the wastewater rate will be $1.05. The rate increase means that an average home consuming 250 cubic metres per year will pay roughly…

December 05, 2008 @ 8:14am

Canada's stores of fresh water are not as plentiful as once thought, and water shortages threaten to pinch the economy and pit provinces against each other, says a 21-page draft report acquired by the Canadian Press (CP) under the Access to Information Act. "We can no longer take our extensive…

August 21, 2008 @ 8:59am