28 Results for water security

New research from Utah State University argues that the modern focus of wildfire trend reports underestimate the threats to water security. Dramatic increases in wildfire over the last few decades have garnered considerable media attention. Headlines claim that the amount of wildfire in the western U.S. is unprecedented. This trend…

November 01, 2018 @ 11:39am

A report from the World Economic Forum last month has provided a road map for the future of the blue economy. Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Water identifies challenges to water and looks for solutions in emergent technologies and their applications. The report examines how Internet of Things (IoT),…

October 04, 2018 @ 12:11pm

Iqaluit has undertaken a project to divert water from the Apex River to its water supply in Lake Geraldine. This is an emergency measure after low water levels at Lake Geraldine raised alarm as to whether the city would have a secure supply through winter. To achieve the water diversion,…

August 22, 2018 @ 10:36am

Last week, Iqaluit’s city council was updated on the city water supply and other water related issues, including the proposed amendment of bylaw 200, which includes private hauling of water. Following our piece on Iqaluit’s water supply challenges, council heard that the Lake Geraldine’s water level is lower than usual…

July 30, 2018 @ 9:57am

As Water Canada reported last June, Nunavut faces a water security crisis. In his third term, Iqaluit city councillor Joanasie Akumalik has renewed city council’s attention on the issue of declining water levels in Lake Geraldine, the source of the city’s freshwater, and prompted a move towards solutions, such as…

July 24, 2018 @ 11:13am

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has released a set of twenty inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs, offers a guide for countries on how to…

June 14, 2018 @ 9:27am

Global Water Partnership (GWP) has published a discussion paper, Engaging the Private Sector in Water Security, which aims to recognize the importance of including the private sector in any multi-stakeholder initiative. The focus of the paper is the intersection between Synergizing Corporate Water Stewardship (CWS) and Integrated Water Resources Management…

April 30, 2018 @ 12:07pm

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Public Safety Canada, and Dalhousie University released a study yesterday assessing the risks and level of preparedness to water security in Canada. Entitled, Strengthening the Resilience of the Canadian Water Sector, the report examines physical threats to water security, including water quality, water quantity,…

April 11, 2018 @ 8:10am

In advance of World Water Day 2018 and the launch of the Water Action Decade 2018–2028, the United Nations and its High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) have called for a fundamental shift in global water management. On March 14th, the HLPW, composed of 11 Heads of State and a…

March 16, 2018 @ 11:27am

The British Columbia government is moving forward with an independent scientific review of hydraulic fracturing to ensure it is meeting the highest safety and environmental standards, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall announced yesterday. The review will be carried out by a three-member independent panel. The members will…

March 16, 2018 @ 10:51am

Nova Scotia has announced that the province will soon hire a prosecutor to focus on environmental law, including enforcing protections of the province’s water supply. defending the health of rivers and streams and safeguarding the province’s water supply. “We want to ensure that companies and individuals are following the legislation…

February 15, 2018 @ 10:23am

The Province of Alberta will support a partnership between the Kainai First Nation and The Rockies Institute to boost climate change education, research, and planning in the water-stressed community. The Kainai First Nation will use a grant, funded by Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, to work with The Rockies Institute to…

February 05, 2018 @ 9:30am

During the 28th UN-Water Meeting held in Rome this week, the Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy were officially launched. The guidelines were formulated for use by “officers responsible for formulating and implementing government strategy to improve water information, with the aim of advancing water policy, planning, management…

February 02, 2018 @ 2:26pm

From September 25–29th 2017, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conducted its 114th convention and voted on a number of resolutions to bring forward to the provincial and federal governments, a number of which are concerned with management of water resources within the province. A few resolutions had to…

January 31, 2018 @ 11:41am

A team led by Oliver M. Brandes, co-director of the POLIS project on ecological governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, has presented a report to the Government of British Columbia on improving source water protection and nutrient management in the Hullcar Valley. Since 2014, the area…

December 01, 2017 @ 2:45pm

The Government of Nunavut has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to produce a feasibility study to determine solutions for the replacement of aged and failing water infrastructure in Rankin Inlet. Both the Williamson Lake Pump House (WLPH) and the Nipissar Lake Pump House (NLPH) are in need of replacement. In…

November 16, 2017 @ 1:27pm

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 Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is now accepting applications to its 2018 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. This is the 13th year for the program, providing $300,000 to water projects in the Okanagan. The grants are distributed according to the percentage of tax each region pays…

November 15, 2017 @ 11:32am

A new interactive map released this week provides the highest resolution of agriculture croplands worldwide ever published. The study has the potential to be a powerful tool for decision-makers to support global food and water security. Led by the USGS, the work is part of the Global Food Security-Support Analysis Data @ 30-m…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:17am

Understanding the fine-level interactions between nature and people is essential in determining whether a region will suffer water scarcity in the future. That's a key finding of a study titled, Finding Water Scarcity Amid Abundance Using Human-Natural System Models, to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Up…

October 25, 2017 @ 7:56am

Nearly 50 per cent of the world’s population is under the age of 30. In an effort to understand the beliefs and concerns of Millenials, The World Economic Forum delivered its third annual Global Shapers Survey in 2017. Water security was one of the top ten global concerns of the 24,766  youth who…

September 01, 2017 @ 9:41am

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Martin Coiteux, accompanied by the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, have announced that Quebec will invest $59.8 million for a project to maintain the secure supply of drinking water for the City…

August 28, 2017 @ 12:11pm

A recent article published in the journal Water Security, Advancing human capabilities for water security: A relational approach, argues that water security needs to move away from a material approach to one that “centers on wellbeing, human development, and justice.” The authors, led by Wendy Jepson, Department of Geography, Texas A&M,…

August 02, 2017 @ 10:54am

A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's…

March 21, 2017 @ 8:05am

On December 12, just as the last session of 2016 wrapped up, the legislative assembly of Alberta passed a motion to increase the government's involvement in managing the province's headwater region. Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead put forward the motion (no. 511) which read, "Be it resolved that the Legislative…

January 03, 2017 @ 9:07am

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a study of global surface water and its long-term changes in the science journal Nature. Using three million Landsat images, the research team quantified changes in global surface water sine 1984. The study found that 90,000 square kilometres of water has…

December 14, 2016 @ 1:35pm

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

Great video with Dr. Howard Wheater, the University of Saskatchewan's new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security. Water Canada spoke with Dr. Wheater in Ottawa last week. Stay tuned for the interview in the coming days. More on Dr. Wheater here.

June 07, 2010 @ 1:31pm