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April 27, 2017: Maxxam Science Summit 2017—Soil Vapour, Site Assessment & Remediation

March 24, 2017 - 10:55 am

Where: Brampton, Ont. Organization: Maxxam Website: www.eventbrite.ca/maxxam-science-summit-2017-soil-vapour-site-assessment-and-remediation-tickets

York Region Topped Ontario Drinking Water Quality in 2016

March 24, 2017 - 7:17 am

York Region has announced that it either met or exceeded the required parameters for drinking water quality established in its Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 for 2016. In its 2016 Drinking Water Report, the Region summarizes the management of its drinking water systems, describes procedures, reporting...

Tags: drinking water, Lake Simcoe, ON, Ont., water management, water systems, water treatment

Actor Kevin Costner Backed Smart Membrane, Water Planet

March 23, 2017 - 1:38 pm

In 2009, famed actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and Eric Hoek, then a professor of engineering at UCLA, developed a system aimed at cleaning up oil & gas contaminated water. In 2010, this system was put to a different kind of test when it was used to clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf...

Alberta Invests $12M in Watershed Councils

March 23, 2017 - 8:35 am

The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils...

Tags: AB, Alta., Bow River, drought, flood, planning, water management

Closing U.S. Water Infrastructure Gap Could Generate $220B

March 22, 2017 - 12:34 pm

The Value of Water Campaign, supported by founding member Water Environment Federation (WEF), has released a new report that found closing the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure would create 1.3 million jobs and generate $220 billion in economic activity. The analysis also found a severe...

Tags: blue economy, infrastructure, LID, Low Impact Development, runoff, stormwater infrastructure, stormwater runoff, wastewater infrastructure, water infrastrcuture

First Nation Takes Peel River Watershed Case to Supreme Court

March 22, 2017 - 12:01 pm

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke today from the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada to mark World Water Day and to support the Yukon First Nations who are in Ottawa to witness the hearing of their landmark case involving the Peel River watershed, First Nation of...

Tags: Arctic, Arctic Circle, Peel River Watershed, Snake River, Yukon

World Water Day

March 22, 2017 - 8:29 am

In honour of World Water Day, Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken over 2,000 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, has bid Canadian Water Summit delegates...

Tags: CWS, CWS 2017, UNFCCC, Water Week, World Water Day

New Research Suggests Water Scarcity Measurement Flawed

March 22, 2017 - 8:15 am

New research from the University College London suggests that current metrics used to determine the global water crisis might not accurately reflect scarcity and sufficiency. The research, led by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Geography, targets the evolution of methodologies...

Tags: Development, London, U.N., UCL, UN, UNFCCC, water scarcity

P.E.I.'s Draft Water Act Suggests Strong Regulation

March 21, 2017 - 7:51 am

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...

Tags: bottled water, groundwater, source water, watershed, watershed management, watershed planning, watershed protection

Wastewater Fund Puts West Kelowna Treatment Plant 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

March 21, 2017 - 6:44 am

A $41 million federal and provincial grant under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will make the construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant a reality at least five years ahead of schedule. West Kelowna originally intended to start construction on the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant...

Tags: British Columbia, CWWF, water treatment

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