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The Interview: Marq de Villiers, author of Back to the Well

Posted on December 15, 2015
Fifteen years after the publication of Water, Marq de Villiers examines the politics of water—from its personal and commercial uses, to the impact of climate change and global conflicts in his new book: Back to the Well: Rethinking The Future of Water. Marq de Villiers is an award-winning writer and journalist. He is the author of fifteen books, including Water: The Fate of our Most Precious Resource (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction); Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert; Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather; and Sable Island: [...]

Das Wasser, Mit Infrastruktur: Highlights From A Water Tour of Germany

Posted on December 10, 2015
Written by By Todd Latham, Publisher of Water Canada
Between Nov. 22-28, 2015 I was invited to join a group of media representatives on a seven-day tour of Germany to see the country’s innovations in water infrastructure. We packed in more site visit and presentations than I have space to describe in this blog, so I will offer a snapshot of the water-focused highlights of Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin, with more to come.  Welcome to Germany! The direct flight from Toronto to Munich had little scenery except the sunrise-lit clouds over the Celtic Sea. But the next morning we were greeted by the first snowfall [...]

Who's a "Grasshole"?

Posted on December 3, 2015
They call themselves the “Grassholes.” They are an informal (Facebook) group of citizens in Vancouver who have taken it upon themselves to post photos of naughty neighbours and institutions who violate water restrictions, keep pristine lawns, or make decisions about water use that they find unsavoury. Are they water conservation vigilantes who increase civic action against those who are using water irresponsibly, or agitators who escalate tensions in times of drought?  You decide (and tell us what you think).   [...]

Droplet Interview with Ellen Schwartzel, Acting Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Posted on November 22, 2015
On November 3, 2015, Ellen Schwartzel, the acting environmental commissioner of Ontario, released the Commission’s Annual Report for 2014-2015 entitled, “Small Things Matter.” In it, the commissioner makes recommendations to the province regarding approaches to water management. Water Canada spoke to Schwartzel about the report.   Water Canada (WC): The 2015 Annual Report focuses full-cost pricing for water and also the polluter pays principle as tools to generate revenues for the province that could be used to improve water management. How [...]

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

Posted on November 13, 2015
“Don’t call us a minority. We come from the land. We are the earth, we are the land. The others occupy the land. When you destroy the salmon, you destroy me. The salmon made a commitment to return and to give life. He’s following his law by coming. We are violating our own law by not doing everything we can to get him back.”             -Louie Dick, Jr., a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (Harrison) Ratified in 1964, the Columbia River Treaty was conceived to tame the river’s floods. In the following [...]

Injecting Creativity Into Engineer Curricula—A Narrative

Posted on November 2, 2015
Natasha is every fourth-year engineer. She’s sitting in an active learning space outfitted with smart boards, collaborative workspaces, rolling chairs, and windows facing east. It’s late afternoon, hour two of a three-hour lecture, and the room’s lit by its five wall-facing projectors. Everyone looks a pale shade of grey. “What will be asked of engineers?” The question is written on the whiteboard, as part of a group assignment. Stock photos depicting what one could expect from searching for “engineering photos” are posted below the question: [...]

The Droplet: Interview: Dream Team behind the Mackenzie River Basin Agreements

Posted on October 20, 2015
The Droplet Interview with Northwest Territories Minister J. Michael Miltenberger and chief legal negotiator, Merrell-Ann Phare On October 15, 2015, British Columbia Minister Mary Polak and Northwest Territories Minister J. Michael Miltenberger signed an agreement committing both governments to co-operatively manage water in the Mackenzie River Basin. Water Canada spoke to Minister Miltenberger and Ms. Phare about the multi-faceted legal process and what we can learn from it. Water Canada (WC): Juggling multiple bi-lateral negotiations—each with [...]

The Droplet Interview: Valerie Jenkinson, CEO World Water and Wastewater Solutions

Posted on September 25, 2015
The Droplet: Interview: Valerie Jenkinson, CEO World Water and Wastewater Solutions. Valerie Jenkinson is the CEO of World Water and Wastewater Solutions LTD (WWWS), a provider of 70 operator training programs as well as the Effective Utility Management Program, currently operating in Canada and 16 countries worldwide. The company provides operational assessments and strategic advice to water and wastewater utilities for strategic planning, communications plans and setting realistic rates and tariffs. Valerie wrote the Strategic Plan for the Environmental [...]

Antarctica: The Final Proving Ground

Posted on August 21, 2015
Written by James Sbrolla
Scott Boze has an MBA from Harvard and a pedigreed career working for notable global enterprises. A family man and sports fan, he currently holds the position of VP of transformation at CSM Bakery Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. Boze is not a “Greenpeacer,” “tree hugger,” or “granola,” yet something drove him to join Robert Swan’s “2041” mission to Antarctica. During the 10-day mission in March 2015, Boze asked Swan a very good question: “What do you want from us?” The answer is a complicated one. Swan thinks and speaks at about 1,000 [...]

California Adds Shade Balls to Reservoir

Posted on August 17, 2015
Written by Raven-Paige Wilkinson
As of August 10, 2015, there are 96 million shade balls covering Los Angeles reservoirs in a US$34.5-million attempt to conserve water in the midst of the city’s four-year drought. The small plastic balls cover the surface of the bodies of water, protecting them from UV rays and preventing evaporation. They also prevent chemical reactions caused by sunlight, repel birds and other wildlife, and protect water from rain and dust. In its media release, the city says they will save more than 300 million gallons of water and US$250 million in comparison to [...]
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