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Great Lakes Transport Needs Greater Regulatory Cooperation

Posted on October 20, 2017
Written by James H. I. Weakley

The Great Lakes are a critical shared waterway and cooperation between the United States and Canada has been key to the safety and efficiency of waterborne commerce for many decades. Such cooperation will be even more important in the years ahead. Take for example, the regulation of ballast water [...]

Mapping Boreal Wetlands and Traditional Knowledge

Posted on October 12, 2017
Written by Leigh Patterson

This July, Paul Betsina spent five days in a helicopter, flying so low he thought he could “reach out and grab the treetops.” After six-hour days scanning the terrain, battling motion sickness and recording data on a worksheet in close quarters, Betsina’s tired. He’s happy to be back in Yellowknife. Betsina [...]

Stars Are Aligning for Generating Value from Wastewater in Ontario

Posted on September 29, 2017
Written by Brenda Lucas

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) recently made a very helpful public service announcement for the water technology sector. Her report, Every Drop Counts, included a chapter that clearly outlined the opportunity for energy neutral or energy positive sewage treatment—generating biogas [...]

Could Alternative Financing Revive North America’s Water Network?

Posted on September 18, 2017
Written by Trevor D’Olier-Lees

Financing improvements to North America’s water network is a gargantuan task—one that has ascended the public sector’s ability to handle alone. The recent public health crisis in Flint, Mich, has cast a bright spotlight on water quality issues and increased public scrutiny on how North America’s [...]

Continental Access, Key to Canadian Water Cleantech Success

Posted on September 11, 2017
Written by Jeff Sanford

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is underway. Canadian corporate executives are, with good reason, concerned that a new wave of protectionism could wash across the continent. Donald Trump, who campaigned on promises to force U.S. governments to Buy American threatened to cancel [...]

How Green Roofs Can Protect City Streets From Flooding

Posted on September 7, 2017
Written by Catherine Howell, Jennifer Drake, and Liat Margolis

Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America. And the world is watching Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida this week, where the remains of Hurricane Harvey and beginnings of Irma have caused devastating flooding. Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in [...]

Green Bonds Go Blue

Posted on September 6, 2017
Written by Ted Chapman

In 2016, the number of green bond issuances doubled to US$83 billion—boosted by China’s US$36 billion of new issuances, and raising the total outstanding green bond debt to approximately US$200 billion. Issuance in 2017 is on track to show strong growth, with Bloomberg data indicating US$68 billion [...]

Financial Tools to Increase Coastal Resilience

Posted on August 30, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

Every decade or so there is a global catastrophe that redefines the conversation about public policy. For those interested in coastal development and climate change, Houston, Texas and Hurricane Harvey is that event. An estimated 127 centimetres of rain has fallen on the Greater Houston Area—so much [...]

Turning Brown Into Green

Posted on August 25, 2017
Written by Dianne Saxe

There’s an old Yorkshire saying that goes, “Where there’s muck, there’s money.” The phrase means there’s a lot of money in dealing with dirty materials. The same can be said for wastewater treatment plants: Where there is organic waste, there is also money to be made or saved through the [...]

Optimizing Asset Management Through Environmental Management Standards

Posted on August 10, 2017
Written by Edgar Tovilla

There are an increasing number of municipalities in Ontario adopting environmental management standards (EMS) for their wastewater and stormwater systems in the form of ISO 14001, a standard of the International Organization for Standardization. Based on a review of current municipal activity in Ontario [...]
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