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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 [...]

Ont.-Based UV Technology Approved For Non-Potable Use of Wastewater in California

Posted on May 17, 2017
Trojan Technologies has succeeded in efforts to gain regulatory approvals for its UV treatment technology for treating wastewater for non-potable use in California. After the completion of third-party validation testing under the U.S.National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Guidelines, the technology has received conditional acceptance from the California Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) Recycled Water Unit (RWU). Developed in London, Ont., the TrojanUVSigna technology is the first and only 1000-watt low-pressure, high-output-based UV system to obtain acceptance from the DDW RWU, and meet the strict coliform and [...]

New Method Selectively Removes Micropollutants from Water

Posted on May 16, 2017
Researchers at MIT have developed a method to selectively remove micropollutants from water. Published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, the research details how an electrochemical process can select and remove organic contaminants, such as pesticides, chemical waste, and pharmaceuticals. Ion-selective electrochemical systems, which permit the capture of targeted substances, can encounter trouble in acidic environments or environments that have a complex interplay of elements across the filtration surface. The MIT findings, led by Xiao Su, Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering T. Alan Hatton, focused on [...]

Research Extends Historic Data on Lake Erie Agal Blooms

Posted on May 15, 2017
Using data from NASA's Landsat 5 instrument, scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms and their implications for lake restoration. With the data, the researchers generated new estimates of historical algal blooms in Lake Erie, more than doubling the number of years previously available for scientists to investigate, from 14 to 32. The researchers discovered that decadal-scale cumulative phosphorous loading—that is the runoff that enters the waterway—helps to predict bloom size in addition to the effects from same-year [...]

Ryerson Students Win Award for Water, Sanitation in India

Posted on May 12, 2017
Ryerson University students have been named National Champions of the Environment by the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, for the creation of Project Pura, which empowers waterpreneurs to manufacture and sell water filters in Gujarat, India. In addition to supporting the manufacturing and sale of ceramic water filters, Project Pura assists in providing a water sanitation education and entrepreneurship program to drive industry growth. In Gujarat, 70 per cent of the population faces high water stress. Enactus Ryerson University has been named the 2017 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country's [...]

World Water Leaders Meet in Brazil to Discuss World Water Forum

Posted on May 5, 2017
Approximately 800 representatives of water-related organizations and communities converged on the capital of Brazil for consultations towards the 8th World Water Forum in 2018, which takes place on the theme of Sharing Water. The importance of Brazil for the debate of water-related themes was addressed by the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Marcelo Cruz. Cruz said, “Brazil has 12 per cent of the planet’s freshwater, and 60 per cent of cross-border river basins pass through Brazilian territory. These numbers place the country in an important and highlighted position in the world scene.” Benedito Braga [...]

Estimating Water Flows from Transpiration from Groundwater Sources

Posted on May 2, 2017
Plants are one of the largest consumptive water users on earth. Through transpiration, they move entire rivers of water into the atmosphere, yet, this part of the hydrologic cycle has historically been the difficult to quantify. In an effort to better understand how water should be managed at regional scales, two researcher from the United States have modelled the flow of water that travels into the atmosphere through plant transpiration and groundwater sources. "Quantifying evapotranspiration is not only critical to closing the current water budget, but also to predicting how hydrologic systems will respond to a changing climate," [...]

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