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New Wastewater Treatment Plant Begins Operation in Owen Sound, Ont.

September 20, 2017 - 10:21 am

Representatives gathered yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the newly-constructed Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The plant upgrades, which have been underway since August of 2014, represent the single largest project undertaken in the city’s history with a construction...

Tags: GMF, infrastructure, treatment, wastewater, water system

How We Talk About Climate Change and Stormwater

September 19, 2017 - 3:34 pm

The way we speak about climate change is important. A recent video from the website Vox, produced by Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes, tackles how media coverage of extreme weather events, specifically hurricanes Harvey and Irma, creates barriers to preventative action in the form of policy and infrastructure.   Vox...

Tags: climate change, flood, flooding, overland, planning, preventionc, stormwater

Nunatsiavut: Muskrat Falls Failing to Curb Methylmercury Accumulation

September 19, 2017 - 11:17 am

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe has released a statement declaring that he’s disappointed that a key commitment to help mitigate downstream methylmercury impacts from the Muskrat Falls project is not being honoured. “When we met with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball last October...

Tags: contaminant, First Nations, Hydroelectric, Indigenous, Inuit, mercury

Study Details Phosphorus Recycling Between Lake Mud and Water

September 19, 2017 - 9:43 am

In a new study, Internal phosphorus loading in Canadian fresh waters: a critical review and data analysis, scientists investigated a significant, but poorly understood, process in Canada’s aquatic ecosystems: the recycling of phosphorus between mud at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water. The...

Tags: benthic, exchange, lake science, management, nutrient

Research Identifies Drought Conservation Impacts on Wastewater Reuse

September 18, 2017 - 11:12 am

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented. "Drought, and the conservation strategies that are often enacted in response to it, both...

Tags: conservation, recycled water, reuse

Shoreline Stabilization at Crooked Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley

September 18, 2017 - 10:40 am

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing nearly $160,000 to stabilize the shoreline at Crooked Lake Provincial Park to protect park greenspace from further erosion. Caused by extremely high water levels and wave activity from 2012 to 2015, erosion has impacted the adjacent campgrounds and park...

Tags: conservation, management, park, recreation

Kingsbury, Que. Gets Two New Pumping Stations & Treatment Plant

September 18, 2017 - 10:10 am

Due to funding from both the provincial and federal governments, the Municipality of Kingsbury, Quebec now has a new wastewater treatment system. Karine Vallières, Member of the National Assembly for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth), participated in the inauguration...

Tags: cost sharing, government funding, wastewater system

Tignish, P.E.I. Receives CWWF Funds for Wastewater Upgrades

September 18, 2017 - 9:54 am

For the community of Tignish, Prince Edward Island an investment in better wastewater processing is a big step toward environmental sustainability and a success story of governments working together. With the help of the Canada Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), the Island’s northernmost major community...

Tags: cost sharing, CWWF, government funding, water systems

Minto, Ont. Receives Report, Recommendations After June Flooding

September 15, 2017 - 12:42 pm

The Town of Minto, Ontario, population 8,300, experienced a significant rainfall event during the early morning hours of June 23, 2017. The rainfall resulted in widespread flooding throughout the Town of Harriston. A declaration of an emergency was made by Mayor Bridge at 10:04 hours on June 23 which...

Tags: disaster, flood, green infrastructure, insurance, mitigation, overland, preparedness

Chiefs Express Concern Over Water Quality at Potlotek First Nation

September 15, 2017 - 11:49 am

Chiefs in Atlantic Canada are expressing frustration and concern over Canada’s lack of action to address hazardous water quality in Potlotek First Nation. It’s been one year since residents of the Cape Breton Indigenous community raised serious concerns about the quality of their drinking water...

Tags: contamination, drinking water advisory, DWA, first nations water, treatment

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