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Climate Change-Water Vulnerabilities Identified for Three St. John River Communities

Posted on January 19, 2017
Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change. The results have made clear that, already, these communities iare experiencing the harmful impacts of climate change, including an increase in extreme flooding, blizzards, ice, and wind storms. The assessment was initiated in 2014 by WWF-Canada [...]

New Study Finds Life Under the Ice is Surprisingly Active

Posted on January 17, 2017
As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists—including researchers from the University of New Brunswick—looking at more than 100 lakes now concludes that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active. Their findings stand to complicate our understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the planet. “As ice seasons are getting shorter [...]

PEI Scientist Develops Eco-Friendly Fish Fungus Killer

Posted on January 12, 2017
The government of Prince Edward Island has announced the local creation of an environmentally friendly fish fungus killer that can help protect farmed fish from the saprolegnia fungus and affords the possibility of protecting approximately $380 million dollars in the global aquaculture industry. Dr. Subrata Chowdhury has developed an environmentally safe answer to the chemicals previously used to destroy fish-killing fungus. Fungal infections kill 160 million tonnes of fish and costs the worldwide aquaculture industry $3.8 billion each year. About 10 per cent of this damage is caused by the common saprolegnia fungus. As the Chief [...]

Halifax Water Celebrates Twenty Years of Stewardship

Posted on January 3, 2017
Twenty years of innovative water management is noteworthy.  As 2016 came to a close, Halifax Water released its twentieth annual report, noting the many accomplishments it has achieved since the utility was formed in 1945. In 1996, Metro amalgamation saw Halifax Water's role expand to a regional water utility. In 2007, Halifax Water became Canada's first regulated water, wastewater and stormwater utility. When the municipality of Halifax transferred the region's wastewater and stormwater assets over to the utility, the organization invested in wastewater infrastructure to meet new federal regulations including completion of the Harbour [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Announce Eleven New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on December 20, 2016
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $14 million for 11 water and wastewater projects across the province this week. Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure joined the Honourable Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate the announcement. The federal and provincial governments are providing a total of $2.7 million for eight projects through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), which supports improvements to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection infrastructure. A total of 142 projects across the province will receive funding [...]

$45M for Upgrades to Moncton's Wastewater Treatment Facility

Posted on December 12, 2016
The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick have announced more than $45 million in federal-provincial funding for improvements to the TransAqua Wastewater Treatment Facility. With improvements to the facility, the Governments of Canada and New Brunswick hope to ensure cleaner water flows into the Petitcodiac River. "The Government of Canada recognizes that wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining clean waterways and building sustainable communities," said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, deputy government whip and MP for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. The [...]

PEI Sets New Funding Model for Watershed Groups

Posted on December 12, 2016
A new funding formula will improve how watershed organizations on Prince Edward Island receive provincial support. The province has instituted a plan to make the distribution of funding more fair and predictable to watershed groups that work to protect and improve some of the Island’s most environmentally sensitive areas. The provincial government provides watershed groups more than $1.12 million each year. “Watershed groups provide an invaluable service that we as a government are extremely proud to support,” said Communities, Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell. “The development and approval of this formula [...]

P.E.I. Beach Gets Sandstone Reef for Shoreline Conservation

Posted on November 25, 2016
Coldwater Consulting Ltd., a Canadian engineering firm focused on water- and shoreline-related projects, has been contracted to build an intertidal reef as a shoreline conservation method at the beachhead and dunes along the coast of Souris Beach and causeway in Prince Edward Island. The firm has a collective experience on projects across the globe and has implemented a number of projects in Canada, including shoreline protection research in the Upper Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Ontario. Commissioned by the International Joint Commission, Coldwater provided data assimilation, documentation, and mapping of shorelines [...]

Prince Edward Island Places Temporary Ban on Bottled Water

Posted on November 11, 2016
The government of Prince Edward Island has placed a temporary moratorium on bottled water production until its new Water Act is in place. The order came from Environment Minister Robert Mitchell, who reserves the right take “action as he considers necessary in order to manage, protect or enhance the environment,” under section three of the Environment Protection Act, and was supported by the provincial government. The moratorium is a response to public concerns about a new water bottling plant, Pure Island Water, that was proposed to set up in the community of Brookvale. Initially, when the company applied for an environmental [...]

Halifax and Province to Address Contaminated Water in Harrietsfield

Posted on November 9, 2016
Halifax Regional Municipality and the provincial government of Nova Scotia have agreed to work together to address the long-standing water contamination issues affecting residents of Harrietsfield.  The two levels of government are considering options that include installing water treatment systems and ongoing monitoring and testing of the systems in eight homes with wells contaminated by operations at the now closed RDM Recycling facility. In 2015, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has upheld a $10.6-million cleanup order for the current and previous owners of the property that is contaminated due to a legacy of construction and [...]
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