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Ottawa Decreases Planned Increase on Stormwater Fee

September 28, 2017 - 10:42 am

Ottawa’s City Council received updates on the state of its major water infrastructure systems and the long-term plan to keep them in a state of good repair yesterday and has decided to lower the planned rate increase on its dedicated stormwater fee. Council received an update on how the city maintains...

Tags: Dedicated fee, stormwater fee, user fee

P.E.I. Seeks Feedback on Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

September 27, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Prince Edward Island is seeking feedback on its provincial climate change adaptation strategy. The University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) Climate Lab created the Prince Edward Island Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations Draft Report after receiving public feedback this summer. Online feedback...

Tags: adaptation, citizen science, climate change, resilience

Updated: Mississauga, Ont. Supports Modern Watershed Management via Bill 139

September 27, 2017 - 11:41 am

Mississauga's Planning and Development Committee has expressed their support for Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, and endorsed city staff's comments on the Ontario Government’s proposed legislation. Bill 139 would modernize the Conservation Authorities...

Tags: authority, blue belt, Development, governance, green belt, planning, watercourse, watershed

Yukon Appoints New Chair of Its Water Board

September 27, 2017 - 11:12 am

The Government of Yukon has appointed Piers McDonald as the chair of the Water Board. McDonald has accepted the position, effective as of September 21st. “I would like to welcome Piers McDonald to the Water Board, and I am very pleased that he has accepted this position,” said Premier Sandy Silver...

Tags: governance, permits, regulation

Phragmite Control Underway in Grand River Watershed

September 27, 2017 - 10:04 am

Phragmites are being eliminated at the Taquanyah Conservation Area—west of Cayuga, Ontario—today as part of the Grand River Conservation Authority’s (GRCA) three-year plan to control the invasive species. While phragmite invasion is a problem throughout the province, it is important to control...

Tags: invasive species, native species, Phragmites australis, watershed, wetland

Best Practices for Building Flood Resilient Communities

September 26, 2017 - 1:16 pm

New research from the University of Waterloo, funded by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and conducted by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, identifies 20 best practices to design and build new residential communities that are more flood resilient. The best practices were published in the...

Tags: flooding, overland, resilience

Filter Removes 90% of Contaminants from Fracturing Wastewater

September 26, 2017 - 11:16 am

A new filter produced by scientists at Rice University in Houston, Texas has proven able to remove more than 90 per cent of hydrocarbons, bacteria, and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing operations at shale oil and gas wells. The work by Rice chemist Andrew Barron...

Tags: contamination, decontamination, Development, filter, fracking, resource development, wastewater

Collaborative Consent for Watershed Co-Governance

September 26, 2017 - 10:52 am

On September 21st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources released Collaborative Consent and British Columbia’s Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance, which articulates a model for achieving a critical shift towards...

Tags: bi-lateral, First Nations, governance, Indigenous, Inuit, Metis, multi-lateral

October 1–4: From Land to Lakes—Integrative Ecotoxicology in the Great Lakes Basin and Beyond

September 26, 2017 - 10:35 am

Where: Guelph, Ont. Organization: Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop Website: https://ecotoxcan.ca/

Ecofiscal Commission Argues for Higher User Fees in Water Use

September 26, 2017 - 10:25 am

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission released a new report today, Only the Pipes Should be Hidden: Best practices for pricing and improving municipal water and wastewater services. The report argues for higher user fees and looks to examples from across the country in how new water management programs are...

Tags: asset management, costs, full-cost, O&M, operation and maintenance, rate structure

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