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The State of Our Water Assets

Posted on November 16, 2012

Experts comment on Canada’s first municipal infrastructure report card.

Municipal and industry associations make frequent calls for government funding to replace leaky old drinking water systems, or to upgrade systems to meet incoming regulations, such as the new national wastewater standards. But do they have proof of a nation-wide crisis? This past September, an infrastructure [...]

Curbing the Flow

Posted on November 8, 2012
Written by Saul Chernos

A tale of ten Great Lakes cities.

Bordered by two countries, eight states, one province, and more than a hundred municipalities, the Great Lakes hold more than a fifth of the planet’s surface fresh water. Formed some 10,000 years ago by retreating glaciers, this giant, interconnected body of water nourishes not only the surrounding [...]

Is the Grass Always Greener?

Posted on November 2, 2012

A lush lawn can be a drain on scarce water resources, 
but it may also be a boon to cities with stormwater issues.

Your city is suffering from an extended summer drought. Every blade of grass has recoiled from the sun. Every lawn has large, crispy sections which look more like more hay than turf. One home’s lawn, however, defies the sun, looking lush; thriving in the sun. Feelings of jealousy override any rational [...]

Interview: Robert Haller and the Future of the CWWA

Posted on October 22, 2012

Robert Haller Robert Haller is putting his knowledge of how national and provincial policies play out at the municipal level to good use.After 20 years in municipal administration and the last eight as a CAO, the new executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association is confident [...]

Turn of the Century

Posted on October 15, 2012
Written by Rick Williams and Luke Dineley

British Columbia has plans to update its 100-year-old Water Act and finally regulate groundwater use.

It’s almost impossible nowadays to open a newspaper or listen to a newscast without finding at least one article or report focussing on the criticisms of shale gas development, particularly as it relates to the heavy reliance on water. Perhaps the only thing garnering more criticism is a certain proposed [...]

Hack the Planet

Posted on October 8, 2012

A growing network of digital volunteers wants to solve the world’s water issues.

When disaster hits, people around the world look for meaningful ways to help, but feel powerless to do much more than make donations. When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, things changed. From their own homes, a network of volunteers fuelled by technological know-how began to build free, open-source [...]

Water Quality Forecasting for Better Infrastructure Spending

Posted on October 1, 2012
Written by Greg Rose and Tim Webster

Water resource conflicts are becoming increasingly prevalent as the intensity of competing uses of nearshore environments increases. Given the complexity of environmental systems, successfully managing and cost-effectively addressing these conflicts can be challenging. To address such challenges, a five-partner [...]

Interview: Ben Parfitt on the Water-Energy Nexus

Posted on September 21, 2012

Ben Parfitt. Photo: policyalternatives.ca The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series is ramping up for another year, beginning with a session that will preview a forthcoming report on the water-energy nexus in British Columbia. Water Canada spoke with [...]

Groundbreakers: Making It Local

Posted on September 10, 2012
Written by Kerry Freek and Brendan Mulligan

The CARA program empowers students in Central America to manage groundwater resources in their own backyards.

Eighty per cent of Central America’s water supply comes from groundwater, and that includes some huge urban water supplies, says University of Calgary’s David Bethune. “With population growth, deforestation, and poverty, the stress on watersheds in Central America is huge,” he says. “The natural [...]

Metro Basin Blues

Posted on September 4, 2012
Written by Annie Chouinard

Water pollution poses a real threat to China’s northern, urban population. Could constructed wetlands help?

Around the globe, there is concern about the effects of China’s rapid economic development on the air, land, water, and energy resources, as well as the ways that the country’s complex and sometimes less-than-efficient bureaucratic system may impact environmental policy implementation. The most serious [...]
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