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Urbanization Effect on Hydrology

Posted on May 3, 2017
Written by Mary Trudeau

Changing atmospheric temperatures are forcing changes in the water cycle—higher evaporation rates, more frequent and intense rainstorms, and less precipitation as snow. Together these changes mean precipitation patterns, and the corresponding flow responses in rivers, have become less predictable. In [...]

Canadian Water: Get Ready for a Free-Trade Deal With China

Posted on April 20, 2017
Written by Jeff Sanford

The global trade environment is undergoing an unexpected radical period of change. One of the first acts of the Trump White House was to remove the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With the U.S. out, China, which was not part of the original negotiations, stepped into the gap. This past March [...]

Water Experts Comment on Budget 2017

Posted on April 12, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

Budget 2017 was released almost a month ago and received a wide range of commentary analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. To highlight the impact of Budget 2017 on the water industry, Water Canada tapped experts from Assembly of First Nations, BC Water and Waste Association, and WaterTAP to comment [...]

Three Out of Ten: Odds of a Solution to First Nations Water Rights in Alberta

Posted on April 4, 2017
Written by Clayton Leonard

The Government of Alberta has developed plans to manage looming water shortages in central and southern Alberta, but those plans risk leaving First Nations without reliable water supplies.  At the heart of the issue is the unresolved legal question of First Nations’ water rights. In 1876 and 1877 [...]

How Does Conservation Pricing Affect Municipal Water Demand?

Posted on March 29, 2017
Written by Michael Fortin, Wayne Galliher, and Emily Stahl

The City of Guelph has been a pioneer in the promotion of water conservation and efficiency in Canada. Motivated by limited supplies of local groundwater and the high cost of piping water from one of the Great Lakes, Guelph developed its first water conservation master plan in 1999. Earlier efforts to [...]

Global Water Forum on Climate and Water Policy

Posted on March 10, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

As World Water Day on March 22nd approaches, water leaders around the world are planning next steps in global water and climate policy and action. After the significant momentum established at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November [...]

Will the Great Lakes be Swallowed by Asian Carp?

Posted on March 7, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

The fate and ecosystem integrity of the Great Lakes Basin is more dubious than ever now that decision makers in the U.S. are weakening measures to address Asian carp. The problem of Asian carp infiltrating the Great Lakes has escalated recently with the delay of Chicago-area defense measures and budget [...]

Exercising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Posted on February 27, 2017
Written by Karen Busby

When the human right to life-sustaining drinking water and healthy sanitation is violated, anyone can call their governments to account. Those whose rights were violated also have the option of filing a claim in court. At least four legal frameworks protect the human right to water and sanitation. This [...]

Incredible Potential of Onsite Water Treatment Systems

Posted on February 23, 2017
Written by Rick Esselment and Trish Johnson

Onsite wastewater treatment systems can provide permanent, affordable, and safe solutions for small communities. They can remove pollutants, including nitrogen and phosphorous, and often have a smaller energy footprint than conventional sewage plants. Onsite water systems keep water in the local watershed [...]

Seeking Answers in Grassy Narrows

Posted on February 14, 2017
Written by Eve Krakow

The Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) First Nation has been living with the effects of mercury poisoning for over a generation. While liability has not been established, it is known that between 1962 and 1970, the Reed Paper’s chemical plant in Dryden dumped 10 tonnes of mercury [...]
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