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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 [...]

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 [...]

Research Highlights Impact of Petroleum on Fish Species

Posted on February 1, 2017
Two recent studies from the Univsersity of Alberta and Stanford have emphasized the deleterious effects of petroleum spills on the health of fish species, freshwater and saltwater, respectively. A study led by Daniel Alessi, Greg Goss, and Jon Martin from the Univesity of Alberta focused on the impact of fluids produced in hydraulic fracturing on rainbow trout. The second study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, identified a chemical in petroleum that causes cardiotoxicity in fish exposed to oil spills. In a news article on the University of Alberta’s website, Goss said of the study [...]

Floating Wetlands Could Assist with Wastewater Treatment

Posted on January 26, 2017
Researchers from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma have undertaken a study on the use of floating treatment wetlands (FTW) as a wastewater treatment technology. Led by W.H. Strosnider, the researchers engineered four different floating treatment wetland designs for a field-scale experiment. “The main result is that engineered floating treatment wetlands could affect water quality in many of the same ways that naturally-occurring floating wetlands do,” said Strosnider in a press release. The materials used to construct the FTWs included drainpipe, burlap, mulch, utility netting, and reused [...]

Report Gives 7 Shifts in Water Markets to Watch

Posted on January 26, 2017
A report on water market shifts from Bluefield Research outlines 7 signposts to watch for in water markets for 2017. The shifts are focused on municipal and industrial water markets and are broken down into key themes: Infrastructure Investmet at the Forefront Rate Escalation Sets Stage for Business Model Innovation Developed Markets Forced to Confront Aging Networks Water Gets Smart: Emphasis on Big Data and IoT Bottom Line Enables Innovation for Industrials California Sets the Stage for Water Reuse Private Sector Looks to Water for Opportunity While primarily focused on the U.S. market, the report still offers [...]

Canadian Water Tech Makes Top Global Cleantech List

Posted on January 24, 2017
Cleantech Group has announced its list of top 100 cleantech companies, which includes Canadian water tech companies, Axine Water Technologies and Saltworks Technologies Inc., among others. Axine made the list for its award-winning, low-cost, chemical-free solutions for treating ammonia and toxic organics in industrial wastewater. Featured in Water Canada’s Nov/Dec 2016 magazine, Axine’s innovations address gaps in conventional treatment technologies that fail to adequately manage waste streams from microelectronic production, chemical operations, pharmaceutical firms, and oil and gas projects. “It is a great honour to be [...]

Extreme Weather and Sea Level Change Increase Threefold

Posted on January 20, 2017
Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), which has found that incidents of extreme weather have increased threefold from the reference period. The risk measured by the ACI is relative to the average frequencies during the reference period of 1961–1990. The index value remained below 0.25 during the reference period, reached a value of 0.5 in 1998, and first reached 1.0 in 2013. These values indicate a sustained increase in the frequency of extreme weather occurrences and changes in sea levels. The current five-year average is 1.02. Higher index [...]

Report Notes Success and Weakness in Great Lakes Water Management

Posted on January 19, 2017
The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released its draft Triennial Assessment of Progress (TAP) report, in which it found much to commend on the progress of Canada and the US in meeting the objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The report points to the successful meeting of deadlines on developing priorities for science and action, proposing a nearshore framework, and setting targets for Lake Erie phosphorus reduction. And the report stated, “Achievements realized in the past three years reflect robust binational public and governmental support and continuing investments in cleaning up past pollution [...]

Canada to Assist Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission

Posted on January 16, 2017
The Canadian Space Agency awarded a $3.8M contract to Communications & Power Industries Canada (CPI) to build components for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. SWOT will survey 90 percent of the Earth's surface water, observe the fine details of the ocean's surface topography, and measure how lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and oceans are changing over time. The scientific data will contribute to improving ocean circulation models, weather and climate predictions, and the management of water as a strategic resource. SWOT supports the Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda by fostering leading-edge technologies [...]

Smart Sensors a Significant Environmental Protection Technology

Posted on January 13, 2017
IBM has released its annual 5 in 5 annual report on five innovations that will change human lives within five years. This year, they’ve focused on making the invisible visible, including in their list smart sensors that will detect environmental pollutants “at the speed of light” and allow for improved response to spills, which can aid in protecting water resources. Specifically, IBM has noted that in methane exploration “networks of sensors wirelessly connected to the cloud will provide continuous monitoring of the vast natural gas infrastructure, allowing leaks to be found in a matter of minutes instead of weeks, reducing [...]
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