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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: 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 [...]

Interview: David Schindler

Posted on August 24, 2012

As the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution’s biannual award winner, University of Alberta’s Dr. David Schindler was invited to write a review for the Royal Society B: Biological Scienceson a topic of his choice—he chose phosphorus control. When Water Canada spoke with him on Friday, he argued [...]

All Aboard

Posted on August 13, 2012

Research is alive and kicking on Lake Winnipeg's MV Namao.

Across the video screen, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and benthos are collaborating to perform an intricate dance. After an intense two-day discussion at the Living Lakes Canada Gathering and Red Zone III Community Forum in Winnipeg, a handful of delegates have headed north to Gimli Harbour to board [...]

Watershed Moment

Posted on July 27, 2012

Helping Philippine cities mitigate environmental and disaster risk, and protect local water sources.

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) has a long history of working in the Philippines. It all started in 1993, when the country’s national government invited CUI to to support the newly created Province of Guimaras. CUI helped the province to chart its evolution and engage communities in the planning [...]

Plenty of Room at the Table

Posted on July 20, 2012
Written by Carol Maas and Patrick Gilbride

York Region’s soft path approach invites all stakeholders to provide input on its water strategy.

For much of 2010, Tracey Carrigan, the Regional Municipality of York’s manager of environmental education and promotion, and her close-knit team of staff and industry experts worked feverishly to craft what is now considered one of the most progressive water conservation strategies in Canada. They [...]
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