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Fossil Groundwaters Contain Modern Contaminants

Posted on April 26, 2017
Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water is not immune to modern contamination, as has been widely assumed. The team analysed carbon isotopes data gathered from 6,455 wells globally and the majority of the earth's groundwater is likely fossil groundwater, derived from rain and snow that fell more than 12,000 years ago. The team was able to demonstrate [...]

Guangdong Works to Improve Water Quality, Signs Agreement with Alta.

Posted on April 25, 2017
Alberta and the province of Guangdong in southern China have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen ties and facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions as Guangdong works to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality. Premier Rachel Notley signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Alberta in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Governor Ma Xingrui signed on behalf of the Guangdong government. The sister-province relationship agreement has significant implications for increased trade and investment between both provinces. Specifically, it creates the conditions for the governments of Alberta [...]

Northeast-Midwest Institute on Bi-National Great Lakes Efforts

Posted on April 18, 2017
The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI), a U.S. not-for-profit focused on economic development in and around the Great Lakes, has commented on the International Joint Commission (IJC) Triennial Assessment of Progress on Great Lakes Water Quality and the 2016 Progress Report of the Parties. NEMWI has issued two substantive comments on the subjects of the documents: Nutrients and Areas of Concern (AOCs). Nutrients NEMWI points out that the IJC’s Triennial Assessment of Progress (TAP) report shows a lack of specificity by Canada and the U.S. in their commitments to “undertake and share research, monitoring and modeling necessary [...]

Canada to Participate in International Water Research

Posted on April 7, 2017
The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced that it will support water research internationally with collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative (WJPI). Of a total of 21 projects receiving funding, Canada will lead three of six projects receiving Canadian support. Canada’s total contribution over three years will be approximately $1.84 million CAD. Overall, WJPI will be supported by 25 national and regional funding organizations from 22 countries. The projects cover a wide range of areas, including social, economic, and natural sciences. They projects also address various challenges [...]

Potential Impacts of Viruses in Ballast Water Unknown

Posted on April 5, 2017
A new study has demonstrated that some of the smallest inhabitants of ballast water may prove to be the most destructive, and that the potential impacts are largely unknown. Although the transport of organisms, such as the zebra mussel and goby fish have been a global priority for governments due to their destructive forces for decades, microbes such a bacteria and viruses in ballast water are less well understood.   Photo of a Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) infected trout. Photo: T. Håstein The University of Michigan research team, led by Yiseul Kim, set out to provide a detailed characterization of all [...]

63 U.S. Representatives Write Letter for Great Lakes Funding

Posted on March 31, 2017
United States congressional representatives have appealed directly to the president that he provide $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in response to his proposed budget cuts. Yesterday, a total of 63 U.S. congressional representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and other states wrote to Donald Trump to explain that the Great Lakes are a U.S. national treasure and an economic driver. Furthermore, the representatives explained to Trump that “The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the [...]

New President and CAO of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Posted on March 27, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has announced that John Dickert will has been selected to lead the organization as the new president and CAO. Dickert will succeed David Ullrich, who will step down from his position this summer as executive director after fourteen years and will continue as a senior advisor to the Cities Initiative. Currently serving as the mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, Dickert brings decades of experience in local, state and federal government relations, strategy, fundraising, and coalition building. He announced on March 27, that he would be stepping [...]

Actor Kevin Costner Backed Smart Membrane, Water Planet

Posted on March 23, 2017
In 2009, famed actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and Eric Hoek, then a professor of engineering at UCLA, developed a system aimed at cleaning up oil & gas contaminated water. In 2010, this system was put to a different kind of test when it was used to clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout this process, Costner and Hoek forged a partnership that continues to this day with Water Planet, Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that sells smart membrane products. A year after the BP spill, Hoek and his colleague Subir Bhattarcharjee, now Water Planet’s Chief Technology Officer, co-founded the company, with [...]

Closing U.S. Water Infrastructure Gap Could Generate $220B

Posted on March 22, 2017
The Value of Water Campaign, supported by founding member Water Environment Federation (WEF), has released a new report that found closing the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure would create 1.3 million jobs and generate $220 billion in economic activity. The analysis also found a severe economic cost to inaction. At a national level, a one-day disruption in water service can lead to a loss of $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP. At the local level, industries most reliant on water would see sales drop by up to 75 percent due to a one-day disruption in service. The report, The Economic Benefits of Investing [...]

New Research Suggests Water Scarcity Measurement Flawed

Posted on March 22, 2017
New research from the University College London suggests that current metrics used to determine the global water crisis might not accurately reflect scarcity and sufficiency. The research, led by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Geography, targets the evolution of methodologies over the last thirty years as inaccurate. The researchers point to the development of holistic measurements from threshold indicator, arguing that the threshold for water scarcity is context-specific and based on an industrialized country in a semi-arid region. Courtesy, University College London, Damkjaer, and Taylor. Other areas of [...]
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