60 Results for phosphorus

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has submitted feedback to the provincial government to address how the province’s 2019 budget can support water resource management. Topics covered include Lake Winnipeg, wetlands, wastewater treatment, data and information sharing, and aquatic invasive species. The submission noted that 70 per cent of wetland habitats have…

December 10, 2018 @ 1:07pm

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) has chosen five projects from 11 proposals to develop and test technologies that intercept and remove phosphorus from agricultural runoff. A total of $400,000 has been awarded to projects that will gauge how efficiently each technology works in removing phosphorus from water that…

December 07, 2018 @ 12:28pm

The Government of Canada has provided its draft 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for public consultation and its 2018 progress report on the 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. The draft Strategy sets out the Government of Canada's environmental sustainability priorities, establishes goals and targets, and identifies actions that 42 departments…

December 04, 2018 @ 9:40am

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

October 09, 2018 @ 9:40am

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

September 19, 2018 @ 10:33am

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

July 25, 2018 @ 11:18am

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

July 23, 2018 @ 10:59am

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

July 19, 2018 @ 7:39pm

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

July 17, 2018 @ 8:00am

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

June 08, 2018 @ 10:33am

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

May 02, 2018 @ 11:20am

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

May 02, 2018 @ 10:18am

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

April 02, 2018 @ 10:34am

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

March 08, 2018 @ 1:08pm

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

February 23, 2018 @ 4:10pm

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

February 23, 2018 @ 2:36pm

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

January 19, 2018 @ 11:12am

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

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

November 20, 2017 @ 9:21am

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

November 17, 2017 @ 9:51am

Algal blooms are a frequent and wide-spread problem that is hurting the Ontario economy, threatening human and ecological health, and Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is demanding that provincial ministries do more to protect our waters from the nutrient pollution that drives the blooms. In her latest report,  Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights…

October 25, 2017 @ 1:36pm

Nutrient pollution and water quality is a common challenge in many for freshwater ecosystems in Manitoba and globally, causing persistent and damaging eutrophication. Although many prairie lakes are monitored, the information available on the specific nutrient sources and in-lake processes that change the lake's chemistry are not well understood. This poses challenges…

October 24, 2017 @ 6:34pm

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has released their Phosphorus Offsetting Policy, which they will adopt as of September 22nd, 2017 to take effect as of January 1st, 2018. After publishing the Lake Simcoe Phosphorus Load Update, the LSRCA Board of Directors approved a new policy requiring future development in the…

October 04, 2017 @ 8:55am

The City of Selkirk, Manitoba hosted an open house on Wednesday, September 6th, to share details of its new Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) project. The plant was among the capital projects identified by the in the city’s 2017 budget. It will help limit contaminants entering the Red River and…

September 12, 2017 @ 10:28am

The Lower Thames Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has confirmed that the Thames River is experiencing a toxic blue-green algae event. On  August 28, LTVCA staff noted a discolouration in the Thames River, near Chatham, Ontario, and contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in London. MOECC staff undertook…

August 31, 2017 @ 3:55pm

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo, has found that smaller, distributed wetland areas are more effective at nutrient capture. Biogeochemical hotspots: Role of small water bodies in landscape nutrient processing, published in the journal Water Resources Research, “synthesized data from 600 lentic systems around the…

July 19, 2017 @ 1:18pm

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 Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI), a U.S. not-for-profit focused on economic development in and around the Great Lakes, has commented on the International Joint Commission (IJC) Triennial Assessment of Progress on Great Lakes Water Quality and the 2016 Progress Report of the Parties. NEMWI has issued two substantive comments on the…

April 18, 2017 @ 1:24pm

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 Government of British Columbia has announced that it will provide $950,000 for alternative drinking water sources, treatment for domestic well users, and sustainable, environmentally appropriate farming the Hullcar Valley. The Province will work with the Township of Spallumcheen, Splatsin, Steele Springs Water District, Interior Health, and First Nations Health…

March 06, 2017 @ 9:26am

The latest survey of snowpack in British Columbia shows that there has been below-average accumulation in the province’s watersheds, reports the River Forecast Centre (RFC). Snowpack was 79 per cent of what is expected for February 1st, according to the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin from the RFC.…

February 09, 2017 @ 12:34pm

A new project installed in a technology demonstration facility at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used for wastewater research and demonstration of resource recovery technologies. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in partnership with GE Water & Process Technologies, City of Guelph, University of Guelph, the province of…

January 27, 2017 @ 1:01pm

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

Renfrew County resident, Donald Deer, has voiced repeated need for a comprehensive watershed management plan at Muskrat Lake. In December 2015, Deer, a lakefront resident, brought a proposal for a $93,000 remediation and management plan to a Whitewater Region environmental services committee. Presenting with Deer was Michael Michalski, a consultant…

October 14, 2016 @ 11:30am

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

Today Ontario released a report that shows that the health of Lake Simcoe is improving. The five-year report is the results of the Ontario government’s decision to enshrine Lake Simcoe’s health in Canada’s first lake-specific legislation: the 2008 Lake Simcoe Protection Act. The act enabled the creation of the Lake Simcoe…

October 23, 2015 @ 11:29am

[caption id="attachment_10673" align="alignright" width="144" caption="Gord Miller"][/caption] Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is worried that Ontario has lost momentum when it comes to the province's pressing environmental issues. In his 2010/2011 Annual Report, titled Engaging Solutions, Gord Miller says there's no shortage of talk about the problems such as climate change, waste diversion,…

November 29, 2011 @ 1:46pm

The federal government has announced over $398,000 in federal funding for nine new community projects supported under the fifth round of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund. Turtle Mountain Conservation District Pembina and Long River Riparian Enhancement Program, $20,000 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) Peguis First Nation Sustainable Cattle…

October 17, 2011 @ 1:17pm

The Government of Manitoba will take new action to protect the province’s water and save Lake Winnipeg, Premier Greg Selinger announced yesterday. “The stakes are too high and the time to take action is now,” said Selinger. “Lake Winnipeg is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and…

June 03, 2011 @ 9:13am

The Government of Manitoba will take the steps necessary to save Lake Winnipeg, Premier Greg Selinger announced today, concluding Dr. Peter Leavitt's five-year study of the lake. Leavitt's study of Lake Winnipeg, commissioned by the province, is a comprehensive report that establishes a benchmark for restoring the health of the…

May 31, 2011 @ 9:38am

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

A pilot project at Netley-Libau Marsh, supported by $150,000 in provincial funding, will explore ways of preventing pollutants from getting into Lake Winnipeg while at the same time reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, Manitoba's Premier Greg Selinger announced today. In partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the University…

November 30, 2010 @ 12:38pm

Land inspections, more water quality testing and new regulations are some of the actions the Nova Scotia government is taking to address water quality in the province's Carleton River Watershed. The Department of Environment released a report yesterday outlining the state of 10 lakes within the Carleton River watershed in…

October 07, 2010 @ 8:34am

An effort led by Manitoba to reduce phosphorus in consumer products across Canada goes into effect July 1 when a ban on dishwashing detergent containing phosphorus is enacted across the country, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced last week. “I am pleased the federal government followed the lead of Manitoba…

May 31, 2010 @ 2:38pm

Wheatley Harbour, Ontario is once again a clean and healthy aquatic ecosystem, announced Dave Van Kesteren, MP for Chatham-Kent-Essex last week. Wheatley Harbour was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1985 pursuant to the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The major environmental concerns were historical sources…

April 19, 2010 @ 8:46am

Two years after the release of the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board's final report containing 135 recommendations for action, the board has evaluated the progress made by the Government of Manitoba in implementing the recommendations, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said today, as she released the board's progress report. "The board…

March 18, 2010 @ 2:29pm

[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

Federal pollution data would give valuable additional information to the program created to protect sources of Ontarians' drinking water, says a new report from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Environmental Defence. The report tracks and maps pollution from facilities reporting to the federal government's National Pollutant Release Inventory…

January 07, 2010 @ 10:01am

Manitoba is implementing new rules for livestock waste management in response to recommendations made by the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) and the auditor general, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced late last week. “When we entered office, we recognized that decades of poor planning, abuse and neglect of our lakes, rivers…

October 19, 2009 @ 8:06am

More than $109,000 in federal funding will support the Morden Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal (CLEANER) project, an initiative that will ultimately contribute to cleaning up Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. “Through the combination of science, community action and environmental education, the CLEANER project will help…

September 24, 2009 @ 8:14am

[caption id="attachment_3418" align="alignleft" width="291" caption="Lake Simcoe, the twelfth-largest lake in Ontario."][/caption] The third and fourth groups of projects under the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund have been announced. Initiatives funded by the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund are designed to preserve and protect the environment of Lake Simcoe. Forty-four projects will receive…

August 27, 2009 @ 12:53pm

Clear Flow Consulting Inc. has received a contribution from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. The funding supports a research and development project that focuses on developing innovative wastewater treatment technologies. The $124,536 contribution will support the Sherwood Park-based company in researching and developing state-of-the-art solutions…

August 13, 2009 @ 1:56pm

Funding of $1.1 million to help clean up the Lake Winnipeg watershed will help develop an integrated water resource management approach, which is critical to dealing with the problem, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Canada Treasury Board president Vic Toews announced the release of funding by Environment…

June 26, 2009 @ 7:47am

[caption id="attachment_1407" align="alignleft" width="271" caption="NASA SeaWiFS image taken on April 25, 1998, showing the coccolithophore bloom in the Bering Sea. The greenish colour is caused by the high concentration of phytoplankton."][/caption] New measures were announced last week by Manitoba's Conservation Minister Stan Struthers as part of an aggressive plan to…

March 30, 2009 @ 7:35am

In an effort to reduce its footprint, MillerCoors has awarded Fredericton-based ADI Systems Inc. a full design-build contract for a new ADI-MBR (membrane bioreactor) facility for its brewery near Elkton, VA. The new ADI-MBR facility is designed to treat effluent from two existing anaerobic reactors to meet new nitrogen and…

February 10, 2009 @ 9:14am

Protection for Lake Simcoe took a major step forward with the passage of the Lake Simcoe Protection Act by the Ontario Legislature. The new legislation will enshrine watershed protection in law and require the province to develop a comprehensive plan to protect and restore the lake's watershed and address the…

December 02, 2008 @ 2:06pm

Public hearings will be held next month on how to reduce the amount of phosphorus going into Mississquoi Bay and Lake Champlain along the Canada -U.S. border, reports the Montreal Gazette. The hearings are being organized by the International Joint Commission, an independent body that manages water between Canada and…

November 18, 2008 @ 12:54pm

Environmental groups asked the leaders of the federal parties yesterday to put their name to a pledge to make toxic pollution in the Great Lakes region a top priority. The pledge comes in the wake of several actions in the U.S. to address the Great Lakes, including new funds to…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:52am

The Province of Ontario announced this week it is taking a major step to address the effects more than 200 years of human activity have had on Lake Simcoe’s water quality and ecosystem.Legislation introduced Tuesday would, if passed, require the province to develop a comprehensive plan to protect and restore…

June 18, 2008 @ 1:28pm