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Report Notes Success and Weakness in Great Lakes Water Management

January 19, 2017 - 10:19 am

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released its draft Triennial Assessment of Progress (TAP) report, in which it found much to commend on the progress of Canada and the US in meeting the objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The report points to the successful meeting...

Tags: 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, GLWQA, Great Lakes, IJC, International Joint Commission, Lake Erie, progress report, transboundary waters, Triennial Progress Report

Alberta Researchers Model Water Supply & Water Scarcity

January 19, 2017 - 8:28 am

Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed an agro-hydrological model to study water supply in Alberta’s 2,255 sub-basins and to better understand water scarcity. With respect to the development of the agro-hydrological model, the research abstract states, “Natural hydrologic features...

Tags: AB, agro-hydrological, Alberta, Alta., Bow River, Faramarzi, hydrologic cycle, hydrological cycle, hydrology, milk river, oldman river, streamflow, sub-basins

Ontario Proposes $500 Increase in Water Taking Fee

January 18, 2017 - 9:40 am

Ontario has released a statement indicating that intends to raise the water taking fee for water bottlers by $500 per million litres of groundwater taken. This would make the proposed fee the highest in Canada. In the statement, the province indicated that the increased fee is a part of its plan to...

Tags: bottled water, Environmental Registry, Glen Murray, ground water taking fee, groundwater taking, groundwater taking fee, Nestlé, ON, Ont., Ontario, plastic bottle, plastic bottles, taking fee, water bottlers, water bottling, water taking fee, water watchers, water-taking

May 8–10, 2017: Grey to Green Conference

January 18, 2017 - 7:51 am

Where: Toronto, Ont. Organization: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Website:

September 18–21: CitiesAlive Conference

January 18, 2017 - 7:51 am

Where: Seattle, Wa. Organization: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Website:

FCM: Invest in Water Resource Management for Budget 2017

January 17, 2017 - 9:30 am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released its recommendations for the federal government’s 2017 budget, which includes an emphasis on continued investment in water resource management. In the report titled, “Seizing the Moment” FCM emphasized the importance of the federal...

Tags: budget, Budget 2017, extreme weather, FCM, federal budget, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, planning, treatment, water and wastewater treatment, water infrastructure

Canada to Assist Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission

January 16, 2017 - 9:41 am

The Canadian Space Agency awarded a $3.8M contract to Communications & Power Industries Canada (CPI) to build components for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. SWOT will survey 90 percent of the Earth's surface water, observe the fine details of the ocean's surface topography...

Tags: Arctic, Arctic waters, Environmental Monitoring, fisheries, hydrological cycle, hydrology, north, ocean topography, oceanography, satellite, space, surface water, Surface Water and Ocean Topography, surface water availability, surface water topography, sustainable development, SWOT, water cycle, water management

Smart Sensors a Significant Environmental Protection Technology

January 13, 2017 - 1:27 pm

IBM has released its annual 5 in 5 annual report on five innovations that will change human lives within five years. This year, they’ve focused on making the invisible visible, including in their list smart sensors that will detect environmental pollutants “at the speed of light” and allow for...

Tags: AI, Internet of Things, IoT, pollutants, sensors, smart sensor

Feds Announce Limits for Lead in Drinking Water

January 12, 2017 - 9:50 am

The Government of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report for public consultation on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline. The report has recommended that the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) be changed...

Tags: contaminants, drinking water, drinking water infrastructure, heavy metal, infrastructure, lead, pipes, potable water

Funding Announced for Sask. Wastewater Lagoons

January 12, 2017 - 8:54 am

Canada and Saskatchewan have announced the allocation of funding for water, wastewater, and transit infrastructure projects in the province including new and upgraded wastewater lagoons in nine Sask. municipalities. The funding is a part of previous commitments by the federal and provincial governments...

Tags: Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, municipal, Sask, Saskatchewan, SK, wastewater, wastewater lagoon

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