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Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are studying ways to harness electricity generated by a unique set of microbes, with compelling applications for wastewater. “We’re studying the electric eels of the microbial world,” said Navanietha Krishnaraj, Ph.D., a research scientist in the Chemical and Biological Engineering…

September 13, 2018 @ 9:00am

Researchers are developing a lightweight, battery-powered freshwater harvester that could someday take as much as 37 Litres per hour from the air, even in arid locations. The researchers have stated that their nanofiber-based method could help address modern water shortages due to climate change, industrial pollution, droughts, and groundwater depletion.…

August 23, 2018 @ 11:48am

Five members of the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute are among the ten researchers campus-wide to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects to further their water research. Monica Emelko, Trevor Charles, Juewen Liu, Michael Power, and…

August 13, 2018 @ 11:49am

New research from an international team, led by water engineers from the University of Exeter, has provided a method to incorporate ecological processes into water treatment facilities, allowing for a more environmentally friendly design. Published in the journal Science Advances, the technique described in the paper, Evolving wastewater infrastructure paradigm…

August 03, 2018 @ 9:57am

International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) has received new federal funding. Yesterday in Kenora, Robert D. Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, announced $4 million in funding over four years for IISD-ELA to support data collection, analysis, and efforts to make this data available to the…

August 02, 2018 @ 9:32am

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the Model Policy on Scientific Integrity, with an intention to foster a culture that supports and promotes science. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, welcomed the Model Policy on Scientific…

July 31, 2018 @ 12:41pm

Canadian researchers have found that atmospheric mercury can make its way to High Arctic environments from as far away as China, and as the Arctic warms, that mercury can be deposited into lakes posing a threat to the health of the environment, animals, and people. “Mercury in certain forms is…

July 31, 2018 @ 10:59am

Rice plants engineered to have fewer stomata are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change, finds new research from the University of Sheffield. Much of humanity relies on rice as a food source, but rice cultivation is particularly water intensive, using an estimated 2,500 litres of water…

July 26, 2018 @ 10:42am

Last week, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced, with a number of scholars whose work addresses water-related issues being supported through the funding program. Named after former Governor General Georges Vanier, the scholarship aims to recognize outstanding doctoral students, providing $50,000 per year for up to three years. Up to…

July 24, 2018 @ 12:09pm

Trace concentrations of synthetic chemicals expelled in effluent and discharged to lakes, rivers, and streams are found in extremely small concentrations, just nanograms or micrograms, but the toxicity is not well understood in human bodies and the broader ecosystem. Further, little is known about the effects of byproducts created during…

July 03, 2018 @ 11:15am

Researchers at Duke University have found that nanomaterials used in agriculture could lead to more algae outbreaks in wetlands and other freshwater bodies. In the last ten years, nanomaterials have been increasing in use via agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides, ideally decreasing the amount of toxins sprayed on agricultural fields.…

June 27, 2018 @ 12:33pm

A new gift to the University of Guelph is meant to help the next generation of researchers protect one of the world’s most vital resources: water. Edward Y. (Ted) Morwick, an honorary U of G graduate and lawyer-turned-businessman, has pledged $1 million for scholarships for graduate students in water resources…

June 22, 2018 @ 6:38pm

Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team field tested a prototype water harvesting device in the Arizona desert, which was able to extract water out of the air without any power source other than sunlight. The successful field test of their larger, next-generation harvester proved what the team had…

June 11, 2018 @ 10:16am

Amina Stoddart, EIT, Ph.D. of the Centre for Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie University has won the ASTM International Standards Development Award for her work in demonstrating the importance of the photoelectrochemical oxygen demand (peCOD) parameter. Throughout Stoddart’s Ph.D. research, she had the opportunity to experiment with and test the…

May 25, 2018 @ 9:55am

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has announced twenty new projects valued at more than $36 million. Water-focused projects include brine desalination and watermain improvements. The funding is the result of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program (AOIP), a cross-provincial collaboration between Ontario and Alberta. Projects are funded by OCE with additional funding on select projects by Alberta Innovates (AI), Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)…

May 07, 2018 @ 9:19am

The Ganges River is the focus of a new collaboration between IC-IMPACTS and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), in close association with highly respected Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi. Working together, the three organizations have identified sites in the city of Varanasi…

April 26, 2018 @ 6:18am

At the start of April, Ryerson University welcomed Steven Liss as the new vice-president, research and innovation. An internationally recognized researcher from Queen's University, in the area of environmental biotechnology and water and wastewater microbiology, he will guide the Ryerson research enterprise. From 1988 to 2007 he was a faculty member in…

April 24, 2018 @ 6:22pm

A new expert panel report released on April 11 by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) shows that lack of investment in R&D and fundamental research is putting Canada's prosperity at risk. The report entitled, Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada, shows R&D investment as…

April 17, 2018 @ 7:30am

Recipharm has announced that its 2017 International Environmental Award will be presented to Karen Kidd, professor in Biology, and Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health. Dr. Kidd’s research, which involves multiple partners including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and…

March 15, 2018 @ 10:08am

The Trudeau government has made progress in its efforts to reverse the impacts of muzzling under the previous government, says a new survey report released by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). But much more work needs to be done, says the union that represents over…

February 22, 2018 @ 8:11am

Researchers at Concordia University applied new research in asset management and were able to cut lifecycle costs for road and water networks in Kelowna, B.C. by 33 per cent. The technical paper, Multiobjective Framework for Managing Municipal Integrated Infrastructure, was published by the Journal of Construction and Engineering Management and…

February 21, 2018 @ 10:48am

A study released last week from the University of Toronto has uncovered new insights into the role of Arctic freshwaters in the global carbon cycle. The study looked at how dissolved organic carbon (DOC) stored in Arctic permafrost, which is being released into Arctic watersheds as a result of physical…

February 07, 2018 @ 11:57am

The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 IAGLR Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a person who has made a notable impact on Great Lakes research with an outstanding body of work over many years, recognizing important and continued contributions to the field over…

February 01, 2018 @ 11:43am

Yesterday, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will receive an investment of over $2.7 million to bolster their expertise in water security and agricultural technologies. Goodale made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science…

November 16, 2017 @ 10:16am

The Canadian Water Network has announced the names of the experts who will participate on a new advisory panel tasked with framing and assessing the knowledge, practice, and priorities in municipal wastewater treatment across Canada. In October 2017, CWN announced that the federal government had invested $400,000 to understand the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater…

November 07, 2017 @ 12:04pm

The government of Canada has moved forward with changes to the way federal granting councils target money through the Canada Research Chairs Program that are intended to lead to greater diversity among Canada’s leading scientists. Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science, announced that the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) were informed by…

November 07, 2017 @ 10:05am

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

University of Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor Kyle Smith and his co-authors have published a study demonstrating the viability of a battery-like technology in the journal Electrochimica Acta, which applies new materials that could make desalination of brackish waters economically desirable and energy efficient. Coastal regions, where the rise of…

October 19, 2017 @ 8:09am

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) have announced a merger into one water research organization. “The integration of WE&RF and WRF is a forward-focused, positive change that will bring tremendous value to the water sector, including WEF and its members,” said WEF Executive Director…

October 16, 2017 @ 3:51pm

Last week, researchers at the University of Waterloo have invented a faster, more affordable way for communities to test their drinking water for E. coli, which stands to benefit remote and developing communities. Unlike current tests that cost about $70 and can take up to three days for lab results,…

September 12, 2017 @ 9:26am

Research released yesterday provides an outline for creating a cheap and durable filter for removing heavy metal from water, one gram of which is capable of filtering 83,000 Litres of water to WHO limits for heavy metal concentrations. Titled, Easily Regenerated Readily Deployable Absorbent for Heavy Metal Removal from Contaminated…

July 28, 2017 @ 9:48am

The province of Ontario is searching for its first chief scientist to advance science and evidence-based decision making in Ontario. The chief scientist will advise on the long term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario and provide scientific expertise on a range of province-wide issues including the aging population,…

July 24, 2017 @ 1:43pm

According to a recent study by a team of Canadian researchers, Iqaluit is facing an imminent water security crisis, so too is the territory. “Even under very conservative estimates that assume the current rate of consumption, we have quantified extreme vulnerability to the municipal water supply for any currently proposed…

June 15, 2017 @ 4:16pm

North West Territories has announced funding for new monitoring and research projects, including an investigation of arsenic pollution in lakes near Yellowknife. A total of 13 new environmental monitoring and research projects have been awarded funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Program (NWT CIMP). Announced on World Environment Day…

June 06, 2017 @ 9:52am

Already, 2017 has seen increased vigilance from Canadian provinces with respect to aquatic invasive species (AIS). A new study released earlier this month tracked the spread of AIS in two of the Great Lakes to better understand the spread of aquatic invasive species and offer insights into strategies to effectively curtail…

May 29, 2017 @ 1:02pm

A new water-based, recyclable membrane can filter particles as small as one nanometer, forwarding research and the applications of aqua materials. Separation technology is at the heart of water purification, sewage treatment, and materials reclamation, as well as numerous basic industrial processes. Membranes are used to separate out the smallest…

May 23, 2017 @ 1:17pm

As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists—including researchers from the University…

January 17, 2017 @ 11:01am

The Government of Canada understands the role of science in maintaining a thriving, clean economy and in providing the evidence for sound policy decisions. To deliver on this role however, federal programs that support Canada's research efforts must be aligned in such a way as to ensure they are strategic,…

January 13, 2017 @ 3:08pm

Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history…

December 07, 2016 @ 9:24am

Dr. Fred Roots, founder of the Students on Ice program, youth mentor, Arctic explorer, and climate scientist died October 18, 2016. From Pole to Pole, Dr. Roots touched so many lives, organizations, planetary processes, treaties, agreements, discoveries, and he truly made Canada and the World a better place. At the…

October 27, 2016 @ 11:29am

“There are real challenges facing our rivers,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Provost & Vice-President: Academic and a Professor of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and member of the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). “These challenges come in the form of climate change, urbanization, and industrial waste. Their impacts are just…

September 26, 2016 @ 6:54am

This week, the Government of Canada unveiled plans for a new $77.8 million research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan with more than 380 Canadian university researchers involved, called the Global Water Futures Programme. Professor John Pomeroy, the associate director of the Global Water Futures Programme explains the vision…

September 08, 2016 @ 6:05am

Today, the Government of Canada announced a $77.8 million investment into water research at the University of Saskatchewan through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The funding is part of an investment of $900 million in 13 post-secondary institutions to  invest in areas where Canada's post-secondary research institutions have the key…

September 06, 2016 @ 9:42am

The Environmental Trust Fund is providing about $870,000 to support 26 environmental projects in the Moncton region, including watershed management, bloom research, and flood protection. “We are proud of the many innovative initiatives supported through the Environmental Trust Fund and we are particularly proud that so many young New Brunswickers…

August 23, 2016 @ 5:05am

A team of researchers from Ghent University in Belgium have created a machine that can turn urine into drinking water and fertilizer using solar power. The researchers tested the new technology at an outdoor music festival, encouraging participants to share their views on social media with the hashtag #peeforscience. The…

July 27, 2016 @ 5:05am

World-renowned Canadian polar marine mammal scientist, Dr. Ian Stirling, has won the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research.  For more than forty years, Stirling has studied the ecology and behaviour of arctic marine mammals, particularly polar bears, which has led to a new era of ecological understanding…

December 09, 2015 @ 12:24pm

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

May 20, 2014 @ 9:11am

The 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

[caption id="attachment_19201" align="alignright" width="300"] Ontario’s water sector is currently home to 900 water-industry-specific companies. Credit: John Vetterli.[/caption] According to WaterTAP Ontario, Canada’s most populous province has awarded more water industry patents in the past 30 years than any other comparable government jurisdiction in the world. Ontario’s water sector is currently…

May 12, 2014 @ 8:02am

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