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Research Highlights Impact of Petroleum on Fish Species

February 1, 2017 - 11:11 am

Two recent studies from the Univsersity of Alberta and Stanford have emphasized the deleterious effects of petroleum spills on the health of fish species, freshwater and saltwater, respectively. A study led by Daniel Alessi, Greg Goss, and Jon Martin from the Univesity of Alberta focused on the impact...

Tags: bluefin, crude oil, fisheries, fracking, freshwater, hydraulic fracturing, mackerel, oil spills, petroleum, rainbow trout, saltwater, trout, tuna

B.C. Firm Grows Watershed and Fish Habitat Assessment Practice

January 31, 2017 - 10:38 am

A Canadian environmental consulting firm, Ecofish Research Ltd., which has consulted on fish habitat enhancement and watershed assessment on hydroelectric projects, has announced the acquisition of ECODynamic Solutions Inc. (EDS), a leading environmental construction monitoring firm located in Courtenay...

Tags: Campbell River, Crabapple Creek, EA, environmental assessment, John Hart, John Hart Generating Station, Kokish River, rainbow trout, Terrestrial and Aquatic Environmental Assessment, Upper Lillooet

York Region Has Released its 2016 Source Water Report

January 31, 2017 - 9:18 am

The Regional Municipality of York has released its 2016 Source Water Implementation Annual Report, which summarizes the work York Region is doing to identify and manage potential impacts to drinking water and pinpoint vulnerable areas where proposed development requires careful planning to ensure the...

Tags: Annual Report, drinking water, Drinking water report, LID, Regional Municipality of York, source water, source water protection, watershed, York Region

Manitoba Report: Soil Moisture Anticipates Major Overland Flooding

January 30, 2017 - 11:33 am

Manitoba has released its 2017 January Conditions Report, which indicates that normal to well-above normal soil moisture and winter precipitation to date, combined with future unfavourable weather conditions, will result in the risk of moderate to major overland flooding across the province. The province’s...

Tags: flood, flood insurance, flood mitigation, flood protection, flood strategy, floodplains, floods, NASA, overland flooding, overland floods, Red River Flood, Red River Floodway, soil, soil moisture, surface moisture, surface water

B.C. First Nation in Court to Fight Proposed Mine

January 30, 2017 - 10:13 am

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those...

Tags: Aboriginal title, conservation, First Nations, first nations water, headwaters, land rights, Stewardship, water stewardship, watershed

Guelph Hosts New Wastewater Research and Development Project

January 27, 2017 - 1:01 pm

A new project installed in a technology demonstration facility at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used for wastewater research and demonstration of resource recovery technologies. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in partnership with GE Water & Process Technologies, City...

Tags: biofertilizer, biogas, fertilizer, G.E., GE, phosphorus, resource recovery, sludge, wastewater reuse, wastewater treatment, WWTP

New Brunswick Selects Water Strategy Working Group

January 27, 2017 - 11:56 am

New Brunswick has announced a working group to help provide recommendations to the government and direct a provincial water strategy. The announcement came today from Serge Rousselle, Q.C., Minister of Environment and Local Government and Attorney General for the province. “Last year, during...

Tags: collaboration, groundwater, policy, surface water, water policy, water resources, watershed, watershed management

Floating Wetlands Could Assist with Wastewater Treatment

January 26, 2017 - 11:41 am

Researchers from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma have undertaken a study on the use of floating treatment wetlands (FTW) as a wastewater treatment technology. Led by W.H. Strosnider, the researchers engineered four different floating treatment wetland designs...

Tags: automated, autonomous, floating treatment wetlands, FTW, habitat, treatment pond, wastwater treatment, water treatment, wetlands

Report Gives 7 Shifts in Water Markets to Watch

January 26, 2017 - 9:52 am

A report on water market shifts from Bluefield Research outlines 7 signposts to watch for in water markets for 2017. The shifts are focused on municipal and industrial water markets and are broken down into key themes: Infrastructure Investmet at the Forefront Rate Escalation Sets Stage for...

Tags: big data, Internet of Things, IoT, market report, markets, Municipal Rates, municipal water, P3, PPP, service fee, service fees, utilities, water market, Water Market USA, water rates, water utilities

$5M for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Que. Estrie Region

January 26, 2017 - 9:20 am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced further funding for projects in the province, over $5 million for five water and wastewater projects in the Estrie region. Government representatives met in Weedon, Que., in the presence of Mayor Richard Tanguay, to announce approval of a project...

Tags: CWWF, estrie, QB, Que, Quebec, wastewater infrastructure, water infrastructure, Weedon

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