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Okanagan Basin Water Board Launches Well Registry

Posted on February 17, 2017
Amidst the confusion about what new B.C. groundwater regulations mean for residents, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has developed a guide that explains the process for water licenses. “Most people in the Okanagan are on municipal water utilities. But there are still a large number who are on their own wells and they should know how groundwater licencing will affect them,” said OBWB executive director Anna Warwick Sears. Under the new regulations, residential well owners are not expected to get licences and do have rights to water for domestic uses. Sears said that it is prudent for those with a well to register it to [...]

Mining Water and Wastewater Management to Grow at 5 per cent CAGR

Posted on February 17, 2017
A analysis from Technavio suggests that the global mining water and wastewater management market will grow by 4.83 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The report stated that water and soil pollution are critical concerns in the mining industry and can be caused by toxic heavy metals, surfactants, fine particles of minerals, oil and grease, soaps and detergents, rubber, poisonous chemicals, high acidic or alkaline chemicals, and coal particles. The Canadian mining industry continues to look for sustainable practices to reduce its environmental impact. As Water Canada reported in November, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator [...]

Largest Agricultural Drainage Project in Sask. History

Posted on February 17, 2017
Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) has issued the largest single agricultural drainage approval in the province’s history. Located in the Gooseberry Lake Watershed, the Dry Lake Project is a single approval permit issued to 73 landowners of more than 7,000 hectares (18,000 acres) for an organized, managed drainage network. While large scale organized drainage projects have been built before, this project is unique as it includes all existing drainage works and some future drainage works. “This is a significant project in our province,” said Scott Moe, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency.  “Nowhere [...]

B.C. Watertech Wins Innovation Award for Ammonia Removal

Posted on February 16, 2017
Axine Water Technologies has won a BCIC Ignite Award for ammonia removal technology. Administered by the BC Innovation Council, the award honours three research projects in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia. The awards were presented on February 7th, 2017, garnering $300,000 for Axine Water Technologies. To be eligible for the funding, projects must be in the area of natural resources or applied science providing clearly articulated solutions to existing problems. Further, they must have a pairing of an academic member and industry partner, garner funding from other sources with a 2:1 ratio with respect [...]

Nunavut Community Adds New Water Treatment Facility

Posted on February 15, 2017
Kugluktuk, Nunavut, opened three new community buildings, including its new water treatment facility and a six-bay garage for water and wastewater trucks. The Government of Canada contributed $1,812,957 through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund for the new water treatment plant, as well as $300,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund for the six-bay garage. Peter Taptuna, Premier, Nunavut MLA for Kugluktuk, said of the new infrastructure projects, "Through partnership at all levels, the Government of Nunavut is helping to build capacity in communities throughout the territory. The hamlet administration and residents of Kugluktuk [...]

Gander Wastewater Treatment Gets a Green Light

Posted on February 15, 2017
Nearly five years of planning has finally paid off for the Town of Gander in Newfoundland. Federal, provincial, and municipal leaders announced that over $22 million in joint funding would go towards a new wastewater treatment plant to address community growth. The project will greatly increase the performance and capacity of Gander’s wastewater treatment system. The new wastewater treatment plant and over 2.5 kilometres of new piping to transport wastewater from the Magee sewage treatment plant will ensure that the municipality can meet federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations. The federal government will provide $11.68 [...]

Commission Makes Recommendations on Great Lakes Microplastic

Posted on February 14, 2017
The International Joint Commission (IJC) has a released a report and recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States regarding microplastics in the Great Lakes. Citing growing evidence that significant amounts of small pieces of plastic are entering the Great Lakes, the IJC has recommended several actions to prevent their entrance. At an IJC workshop addressing microplastics in Windsor on April 26–27, 2016, 33 experts from Canada and the United States reviewed the latest science and policy findings and developed draft recommendations. Following a public comment period last fall, the IJC reached recommendations [...]

Whirling Disease, Bow River Declared Infected Area

Posted on February 13, 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on Friday that it has confirmed the presence of whirling disease (infection with Myxobolus cerebralis) in the Bow River watershed of Alberta, including Banff National Park, and the Bow River watershed has been declared an infected area for this disease. As a consequence, the CFIA has outlined a domestic movement permit process for industries dealing with potentially contaminated specimens and establishes a federal government role in management of this disease for Canada. However, the declaration does not mean that every susceptible finfish population within the Bow River watershed [...]

Ministers' Statement on Grassy Narrows Mercury Contamination

Posted on February 13, 2017
Following the release of a report from the David Suzuki Foundation on the federal government's work to deliver drinking water to First Nations in Ontario, the province's Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, met with Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister and David Suzuki. Grassy Narrows' First Nation community has garnered ongoing media attention for the impacts of the mercury contamination in their watershed. What follows is a statement released by Minister Murray and David Zimmer, Ontario's Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "Mercury contamination has had [...]

Drinking Water Solutions for Ont. First Nations Flawed

Posted on February 10, 2017
The David Suzuki Foundation has released a report assessing the progress of the federal government in ending long-term Drinking Water Advisories (DWAs) in nine First Nations in Ontario. The Foundation found that attaining clean and safe drinking water for First Nations remains flawed, and said “Changes must be made to this complex process for the federal government to maintain progress toward its goal of ending long-term DWAs. Funding alone will not resolve the issue.” The report focused on the progress towards ending long-term DWAs in nine First Nations from Ontario. The research found that three First Nations are on track [...]
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