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Québec, Vermont, New York Continue Work on Lake Champlain

Posted on June 20, 2017
Yesterday, the Province of Québec, the State of Vermont, and the State of New York announced that they will continue to work together to restore and protect the waters and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Meeting in Crown Point, N.Y., the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, on behalf of the Premier of Québec, together with the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and representatives from the states of New York and Vermont, came together for the signing ceremony of the fourth edition of the Lake Champlain Action [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Call for Leadership from Canada

Posted on June 15, 2017
At their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal, member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called for Canadian leadership in protecting the lakes. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of 2017, but we must continue the battle for 2018 and beyond. 48 million people depend on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for their drinking water. We are concerned for the future, because such a decision would affect us all, from the port of Montreal to the waterfront restaurant [...]

Oil Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Region

Posted on June 7, 2017
Three research papers were recently released that focus on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region. Commissioned by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), the papers address key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including the current state of crude oil infrastructure, the economic impact of crude oil transportation, and environmental sensitivity of Great Lakes waters to oil exposure. The papers were commissioned by the GLC through a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation. The research, Environmental Sensitivity to Oil Exposure in the Great Lakes Waters: A Multimodal Approach, investigated [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Posted on June 2, 2017
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has issued a statement to strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The statement reads: "The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world. With climate change posing one of the greatest threats to the planet and its water, it is unacceptable for the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions not to participate in this global effort." Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who is the current Chair of the Cities Initiative [...]

Pollution of Lake Erie Causes $4B in Economic Damage

Posted on June 2, 2017
A new and unique report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has found that pollution has damaged Lake Erie’s economic value by $4 billion. On the whole, pollution costs Canadians tens of billions of dollars. The costs are generated due to impacts on our health and well-being, our pocketbooks—the value of our homes, buildings, roads, and the natural environment. Released today, the report entitled The Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governments, offers the most comprehensive portrait of pollution and its costs ever undertaken in Canada. Based [...]

Modelling the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Great Lakes

Posted on May 29, 2017
Already, 2017 has seen increased vigilance from Canadian provinces with respect to aquatic invasive species (AIS). A new study released earlier this month tracked the spread of AIS in two of the Great Lakes to better understand the spread of aquatic invasive species and offer insights into strategies to effectively curtail their further spread. The team, led by Drs. Dmitry Beletsky and Raisa Beletsky, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Envrionment, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, and Dr. Edward Rutherford, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory,  [...]

National Shoreline Cleanup for World Environment Day

Posted on May 24, 2017
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada, leading 150 shoreline cleanups across the country on World Environment Day weekend, June 2 to 5, 2017. Canada has been selected as the host country of this year's World Environment Day. As we gear up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is encouraging Canadians to lead 150 cleanups on this weekend to observe Canada's continuous efforts to protect our waters and shorelines. In 2017, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has hosted 298 cleanups that have collected 7,429 kilograms of litter [...]

Proposed U.S. Federal Budget Cuts Threaten the Great Lakes

Posted on May 23, 2017
The Trump Administration released its proposed 2018 budget to Congress today, eliminating $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI provides funding for cleaning up toxic waste sites, improving storm water management, combatting invasive species like Asian carp, and protecting habitat for fish and wildlife in the basin. Waterfront cities that rely on the lakes for their thriving tourism, navigation, industry, and drinking water are especially concerned about the cuts. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of 130 United States and Canadian mayors representing [...]

Water-Based Membrane Advances Aqua Materials

Posted on May 23, 2017
A new water-based, recyclable membrane can filter particles as small as one nanometer, forwarding research and the applications of aqua materials. Separation technology is at the heart of water purification, sewage treatment, and materials reclamation, as well as numerous basic industrial processes. Membranes are used to separate out the smallest nanoscale particles, including molecules and metal ions. Professor Boris Rybtchinski and his group of the Weizmann Institute of Science's Department of Organic Chemistry have developed a new type of membrane that could extend the life of a separation system, lower its cost and, in some cases [...]

Data Tool Visualizes Water Technology Trends

Posted on May 18, 2017
A new data visualization tool has been developed to create interactive engagement with technology trends in the water sector. Developed under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) – a joint initiative between the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) – the survey and visualization tool helps utilities better understand innovative technology deployment across the water sector. While the visualization tool is primarily focused on displaying U.S. technology adoption, it offers insight into trends that the Canadian water sector may find insightful. Derived from [...]

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