73 Results for water quality

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board has completed a land acquisition initiative that will help protect water quality in Comox Lake. An 18-hectare parcel of land located at the east end of the lake was purchased from the Comox Lake Land Corporation for just over $2 million. The land…

October 03, 2018 @ 10:30am

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has worked with Melbourne, Ontario to implement improved water quality management through wetlands to hold and filter water from the surrounding farm fields at the site of a new municipal drain. The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, Ontario NativeScape, and DUC are capturing water in an engineered wetland from…

September 24, 2018 @ 11:47am

Yesterday, The Gordon Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada, the Atlantic Water Network, and Royal Bank of Canada presented the blockchain integrated Atlantic DataStream, a major step forward in delivering a common and secure platform for water quality data sharing. “Atlantic DataStream is the missing piece of the puzzle to water-data…

September 19, 2018 @ 10:11am

Experts are testing drones equipped with sensor technologies to enhance the monitoring of water worldwide as part of the $8.5 billion MONOCLE project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Around 20 scientists from the University of Stirling, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and colleagues from across Europe are gathering…

August 22, 2018 @ 10:08am

In response to a sewage discharge in the state of Maine, New Brunswick’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government have made a public advisory regarding water quality in the Saint John River. “While this sewage discharge happened within the state…

August 09, 2018 @ 9:45am

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for healthy agricultural crops, but when applied in excess can result in negative impacts to surface and groundwater sources. Most routine tests done in commercial soil testing labs do not measure available nitrogen in the soil because they are time-consuming and expensive. As a result, farmers…

July 23, 2018 @ 11:30am

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

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

New Brunswick has made available $770,000 under the Environmental Trust Fund for 27 projects in the Acadia Peninsula region in 2018–19, including for flood risk action plans and a water quality improvement project. “The Environmental Trust Fund is an important mechanism for New Brunswick community groups, organizations, municipalities, and institutions…

June 26, 2018 @ 9:50am

Although a record 693 quarter sections of Saskatchewan agriculture lands were brought into drainage compliance in the 2017–18 fiscal year, Saskatchewan’s Provincial Auditor says there is significant work to do to bring unapproved drainage works into compliance. In her 2018 Report – Volume 1, Chapter 12, Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson reported that…

June 13, 2018 @ 9:37am

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has recently changed the measurement standard for E. coli at public beaches, permitting more of the bacteria per measurement volume. Now the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Environmental Defence, and Swim Drink Fish Canada have called for the Ministry to make the changes…

May 31, 2018 @ 9:38am

Yesterday, the Office of Canada’s Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, released his 2018 spring reports. Report 5 indicated that Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has failed to make sufficient use of available data to overcome issues in First Nations communities, including with respect to water resources. “I want to stress the need for…

May 30, 2018 @ 10:25am

New Brunswick will expand a water monitoring protocol to eight provincial park beaches for the upcoming swimming season. The protocol is in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. “The Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality have established guideline values that strike a balance between potential health risks and the…

May 22, 2018 @ 9:54am

New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) will invest about $8.4 million in environmental projects through 2018 and 2019. This includes 227 community-based environmental initiatives worth more than $6.6 million, as well as almost $1.8 million in province-wide projects. “The Environmental Trust Fund is an important mechanism for New Brunswick community…

April 27, 2018 @ 9:39am

Farmers make up one-third of the global population. Together, they have the opportunity to play a major role in reducing impacts on the environment by adopting sustainable agriculture practices. Fertilizer Canada, the industry association that represents fertilizer producers, is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture for farmers through innovative, science-based methods…

April 23, 2018 @ 9:15am

The Canadian Water Quality Association has announced that Anne Baliva will be the new executive director. Baliva served as program manager of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) in 2015/16. For the last nine years, and through various volunteer experiences, Anne has embraced and immersed herself in the not-for-profit space. Her…

March 19, 2018 @ 5:00am

The City of Thunder Bay has released its 2017 Drinking Water Quality Annual Report, meeting or exceeding all provincially mandated parameters for drinking water quality. “Our City’s water is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This report confirms testing continues to show day after day— residents can…

March 02, 2018 @ 10:23am

A tiny snail could be a big help to researchers measuring water quality along the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic coast. Eastern mudsnails live in coastal areas from Nova Scotia to Georgia. In many of these areas, human activities have brought large amounts of nitrogen to coastal habitats. Nitrogen is an…

February 28, 2018 @ 11:25am

Swim Drink Fish Canada has launched a third version of its beach and water quality app, Swim Guide 3.3, and continues to work towards open data on water quality across the country. To date nearly 2 million users have accessed the Swim Guide, a free app that helps people find…

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00pm

Yesterday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced six federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the largest of which invests in the sector's climate and water sustainability. The Partnership is a $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will guide government investments in the sector over the next five years. Developed with input from provincial and territorial…

February 14, 2018 @ 9:51am

The Alberta government is instituting measures to protect Beaver Pond and requiring additional wetland monitoring related to the construction of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Following recommendations of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), the minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, signed a Ministerial Order directing Alberta Transportation and KGL…

January 30, 2018 @ 11:27am

The City of Prince George, British Columbia has conducted a review of drinking water quality at civic facilities and found it to be safe for consumption after concerns about lead concentration. While the water was declared safe to drink, users have been advised to briefly run faucets prior to consumption,…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:55am

In its First Triennial Assessment of Progress under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has called on Canada and the United States to set specific timelines and targets for making critical improvements to wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, reducing nutrient runoff, and eliminating releases…

November 28, 2017 @ 12:49pm

The Canadian Council of Environment Ministers (CCME) has released the Water Quality Index 2.0 application and CCME Water Quality Index User’s Manual 2017 Update, replacing the Water Quality Index 1.2 published in 2011. The revised and updated index provides a consistent approach to summarizing complex water quality data and facilitating its communication. It incorporates scope—the number…

November 22, 2017 @ 3:22pm

University of Alberta researchers are tackling the problem of rural and agricultural water testing by introducing a handheld sensor that can detect E. coli in situ. One of the largest obstacles to decisive action on water quality threats, whether E. coli or cyanobacteria, is the time it takes to verify…

November 15, 2017 @ 9:50am

Leaders from government, First Nations, philanthropically minded businesses, and youth activists came together for the 2017 AquaHacking Summit to address the many issues facing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin, specifically Lake Erie. Hosted by the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo,…

September 14, 2017 @ 9:44am

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has been awarded $750,000 to lead a project that will determine whether the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) investments have influenced how farmers are conducting their agricultural operations. Agricultural producers in the Great Lakes basin have received over $100 million for on-the-ground agricultural conservation practices through the GLRI since…

September 08, 2017 @ 9:51am

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The indicators will form the basis of a national framework for players across the value chain to produce…

September 01, 2017 @ 2:03pm

The City of Vancouver and the Park Board have launched a free mobile pump-out service in False Creek to increase access to sewage disposal facilities and help improve water quality. The free pilot service will come directly to boats in False Creek to empty their sewage tanks, making it easier…

August 17, 2017 @ 11:07am

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

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

The Government of New Brunswick, with the federal government, will invest up to $3 million in strategic infrastructure and studies to support water quality improvements at Parlee Beach. Parlee Beach is also being declared as a unique feature of the environment. The declaration means developments that could affect the water…

May 11, 2017 @ 10:06am

White Rock, B.C., has received nearly $12 million in funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia to help deliver a $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address water quality in the city. The funding is part of the recently announced $373 million being delivered in British…

March 20, 2017 @ 6:45am

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

A report from the province released on November 28 said Ontario's drinking water continues to be among the safest and best protected in the world. The report comes from Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector (CDWI), Susan Lo. The duties of the CDWI are to lead activities that ensure regulated drinking…

November 29, 2016 @ 8:55am

The Alberta government has released a comprehensive report, titled Home Again: Recovery after the Wood Buffalo Wildfire, popularly known as the wildfire that struck Fort McMurray in May 2016. The report is broad ranging, but of central importance is the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, notably drinking water and wastewater facilities.…

November 04, 2016 @ 12:15pm

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

UBC engineers have created a tool that will help municipalities measure water quality, as a way to ensure clean and safe drinking water is coming out of the taps. Nilufar Islam, who recently received her PhD from UBC Okanagan, has been working with Professor Rehan Sadiq, associate dean of the…

August 25, 2016 @ 12:05pm

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

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that water quality has been restored to a safe level to all water system users serviced by the Fort McMurray water treatment plant. Although the boil water advisory has been in place for three months since a massive wildfire destroyed much of the community,…

August 18, 2016 @ 8:24am

The Water Security Agency (WSA) in Saskatchewan  released the first results of its ongoing water quality testing on the North Saskatchewan River and Saskatchewan River systems as a result of the Husky oil spill. The results show no exceedances of the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines or the provincial drinking water…

August 16, 2016 @ 8:21am

The federal government has announced that it is taking action to address water quality and ecosystem health issues in Lake of the Woods. The government allocated up to $19.5 million over five years in the 2016 Budget to enable Canada to study water quality, quantity and flooding issues in four…

August 08, 2016 @ 6:22am

Two weeks ago, a Husky Energy pipeline spilled more than 200,000 litres of oil in the North Saskatchewan River in Prince Albert, Sask. Husky Energy has just released a report saying that water samples are coming back within drinking water guidelines. The CBC News reported that 900 water samples have…

August 04, 2016 @ 12:36pm

After a five-year, $3.3 million study, Rob Jamieson, head of the Dalhousie Centre, and his team at Dalhousie University have come to the conclusion that a well-designed wastewater treatment system can improve Nunavut’s water quality. The team of researchers from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Water Resources Studies say natural tundra…

June 29, 2016 @ 7:31am

The Gordon Foundation has launched the pilot phase of Mackenzie DataStream, an online platform to provide access to information about the quality of freshwater in the Mackenzie River Basin. The system was built to promote knowledge sharing and support collaboration and evidence-based decision-making throughout the Basin. “This pilot project will…

November 05, 2015 @ 12:19pm

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

A statement released this week by 14 groups from Canada and the U.S., including World Wildlife Fund Canada, says that cutting phosphorous in Lake Erie by 40 per cent is a commendable target, but it should be bound by clear timelines and include the entire Lake system. The partnership was…

September 03, 2015 @ 2:00pm

In response to the passing of Protecting Alberta’s Environment Act on April 28 2014, the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluating, and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) has now been established in the province. In an effort to monitor and maintain environmental integrity within Alberta, AEMERA intends to promote the use of scientific methods…

May 26, 2014 @ 7:28am

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

New Brunswick's provincial government has released a long-term wetland management strategy (pdf) and will implement it in phases to allow for the implementation of operational, land use, financial considerations, and public education. "Our strategy is based on the comments received from stakeholders who have been involved in the engagement process…

February 14, 2012 @ 10:10am

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

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

[caption id="attachment_5333" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image via esask.uregina.ca"][/caption] The feds are making an investment in water quality research at the Universities of Lethbridge and Saskatchewan.Today's investment totals $3.75 million and will go towards research projects that will ultimately assist organizations in making environmentally-responsible decisions aimed at preserving water quality. Environment Canada…

March 22, 2010 @ 11:57am

Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc. will design and build a water treatment plant in Whitehorse at the Minto copper mine owned by Minto Explorations Limited. BioteQ will provide process design, engineering and project management services on a fee basis. Minto Explorations is providing the capital and operating cost of the…

October 07, 2009 @ 8:37am

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

CANTEST Ltd., an analytical and testing laboratory, has won a three-year contract with Manitoba Water Stewardship to provide microbiological testing of drinking water from all drinking water treatment plants in Manitoba. The testing will help Manitoba Water Stewardship, a department of the Government of Manitoba, monitor and improve drinking water…

August 20, 2009 @ 8:43am

BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. has announced that it has commenced water treatment operations for the 2009 season at its Raglan plant, located in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) at Xstrata Nickel's Raglan Mine. BioteQ is responsible for operating its proprietary ChemSulphide plant, as well as the Spoon lime treatment plant at the…

June 22, 2009 @ 1:31pm

The governments of Canada and Yukon have signed off on an almost $5-million investment for Yukon farmers with the launch of a new suite programs under Growing Forward. The funding and programs are a result of new bilateral agreements that reflect a five-year commitment to help position Canadian farmers for…

April 28, 2009 @ 12:59pm

First Nations will have access to the same quality of safe and reliable water as all Canadians, said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today in a statement. Since the federal government launched the Plan of Action for Drinking…

April 13, 2009 @ 8:15am

The Regional Municipality of York's drinking water quality surpasses Ontario's stringent standards, making the purchase of bottled water an unnecessary expense, according to a release on the region's website. The release also defends the addition of fluoride to the region's water, stating that "the process of adding small amounts of…

April 09, 2009 @ 11:26am

Groups and individuals who manage Alberta's watersheds, or those affected by decisions around watershed management, need to have a voice in planning and decisions that may have an impact on water quality or quantity, says the Alberta Water Council. Recommendations for a Watershed Management Planning Framework for Alberta, a report…

April 01, 2009 @ 1:05pm

The City of Vaughan has achieved a perfect score - 100 per cent - for its water quality and distribution systems from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) following two recent inspections. Inspectors reviewed operations manuals, logbooks, contingency and emergency planning, consumer relations, certification and training, water quality monitoring,…

March 13, 2009 @ 7:13am

Through a provincial grant from the General Strategic Priorites Fund, the City of Vernon, B.C. has been awarded $801,800 representing the full cost of the project to upgrade BX Creek from Swan Lake to Pleasant Valley Road. The work will significantly improve water quality and aquatic habitat, enhancing and protecting…

January 15, 2009 @ 1:11pm

A new ban on herbicide-fertilizer combination products in Alberta will help protect the quality of water downstream of urban areas. As of January 1, 2010 herbicide-fertilizer combination products will no longer be sold in Alberta. Products intended for spot application to weeds will still be available for sale and use.…

November 19, 2008 @ 9:54am

Aboriginal leaders, scientists and environmental activists from across Canada are talking this week about water quality at a national summit in Yellowknife, reports CBC News. More than 100 delegates gathered for the Dene Nation's National Environment and Water Summit to discuss issues such as the effect of oilsands development on…

November 06, 2008 @ 12:50pm

A draft version of Canadian Water Quality Guideline for the Protection of Aquatic Life - Boron, based on a scientific criteria document contributed by Ontario Ministry of Environment, is available for 30-day public review and comment until November 28, 2008.  For details, visit the Canadian Council of Ministers of the…

October 29, 2008 @ 12:52pm

Although Hurricane Ike is long gone, its impact lingers more than a thousand miles from where it made landfall. Runoff from tributaries dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan, contaminating the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E. coli bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming. According to Richard Whitman,…

October 03, 2008 @ 7:11am

Due to overwhelming interest to help protect Lake Winnipeg, the deadline for project submissions to the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is being extended from September 1 to September 30. Yesterday James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake, made the announcement on behalf of Manitoba Regional Minister Vic Toews, and Canada's environment minister,…

September 04, 2008 @ 12:37pm

On Wednesday, Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine and Canadian Auto Workers union president Buzz Hargrove will visit the community of Little Salmon Carmacks to celebrate the work completed this summer by CAW volunteers. This is the latest successful corporate partnership venture between CAW and the AFN. CAW…

August 25, 2008 @ 9:05am

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

To responsibly address the issue of pharmaceutical compounds in drinking water, scientists must know at what concentration these substances impact human health, not simply whether they can be detected, a leading expert told a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.Testifying on behalf of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Shane Snyder,…

April 16, 2008 @ 2:43pm