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WSP Acquires U.S.-based Groundwater Engineering Firm

Posted on September 5, 2017
WSP Global Inc. has announced its acquisition of Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc. (LBG), a 150-employee groundwater and environmental engineering services firm based in the United States. LBG brings seven decades of wide-ranging expertise in hydrogeology, groundwater, and surface water modeling, dewatering, and depressurization, environmental investigation, and remediation. The LBG acquisition, which was financed using WSP's available cash and credit facilities, is aligned with WSP's 2015–2018 Strategic Plan. It will bolster WSP's Water and Environment practice, increasing its groundwater geology capabilities, its environmental [...]

Xylem Stands Firm in Its Commitment to Paris Climate Accord

Posted on August 29, 2017
Following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Xylem, a global water technology company, issued the following statement: “Addressing the realities of climate change is an opportunity to create shared value among all stakeholders, and Xylem remains committed to doing our part as a citizen of the global community to advance this vital work,” said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem. “The connection between the impacts of climate and our finite water resources is undeniable, and the imperatives of fostering water security and building more resilient water infrastructure [...]

International Community Meets in Stockholm for World Water Week

Posted on August 29, 2017
Yesterday, World Water Week began with events and programing in Stockholm, Sweden, led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). "World Water Week is a key meeting place for the water and development community; it is here that we come together and make sure that the very best ideas are brought forward," said SIWI's executive director, Torgny Holmgren. The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, called the world's climate and water resources the "fundament of our existence," and he said that "without proper stewardship of that fundament the 2030 sustainable development agenda obviously goes [...]

China Adds 3,300 Water Projects to National Pool in 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017
According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), master implementation plans for 228 prefectural cities concerning water pollution control will be added to the national project pool, which include more than 3,300 projects amounting to a total investment of around 300 billion yuan—56 billion CAD. The MEP and the Ministry of Finance started to develop the project pools to fight water pollution in 2016, at which time there were over 4,800 projects added to the national project pool, representing 430 billion yuan—80.6 billion CAD—in project funding. The project pool was assembled in order to improve the quality [...]

Canadian Water Manager Made President of Intl. Ozone Association

Posted on August 24, 2017
The International Board of Directors of the International Ozone Association (IOA) elected Dr. Saad Y. Jasim as the President-Elect for the International Ozone Association, starting January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019. On January 1, 2020, Dr. Jasim will begin his term as President of the International Ozone Association. Dr. Jasim is the manager of utilities at the City of White Rock and oversees day-to-day water operations and the large-scale infrastructure and research projects associated with White Rock’s Total Water Quality Management Plan. He has led the city’s research on secondary disinfection and treatment processes for [...]

Water at the NAFTA Table

Posted on August 21, 2017
As the first round of NAFTA negotiations wrap-up, there have been no signs that water is on Minister Chrystia Freeland’s agenda. Ralph Pentland spoke to Water Canada about what and how we might expect water to come to the table. Currently a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), Ralph Pentland was the director of the Water Planning and Management branch of Environment Canada from 1978 to 1991. Since then, Pentland has had ongoing involvement in efforts to manage trans-boundary waters. Water Canada asked him how Canada's water might come to the NAFTA trade table. “During the free trade debates of 1987–88, the [...]

Lystek Signs Multi-Year Biosolids Contract

Posted on August 18, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario’s Lystek International Ltd. has been awarded a multi-year contract by the City of Petaluma for Diversified Reuse of Biosolids. Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept Class B biosolids generated in Petaluma and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) biofertilizer product at its 150,000 ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in California (OMRC-FSSD). Opened in August 2016, the OMRC-FSSD is now celebrating its first full year of successful operations in this unique, P3-style partnership, and [...]

WSP Working to Acquire Opus International Consultants

Posted on August 14, 2017
WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to make this takeover offer, in cash, for 100 per cent of the fully paid shares in OIC at NZ$1.78 per OIC share. The offer values the entire issued share capital of OIC at approximately NZ$263.2 million (CDN$243.4 million). In addition, the terms of the offer allow the OIC board to declare and pay to OIC shareholders a fully [...]

U.S. Exchange Program to Study the Blue Economy

Posted on August 11, 2017
Canadian experts in environmental policy and conservation will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from August 14 to 23 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the oceans and their economic viability. The participants will explore the challenge of sustainably growing the “blue economy.” They will engage with American experts and innovators in the field. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will explore the role of government and non-governmental organizations in water conservation and management, and will [...]

Greenhouse Gas Footprints of Reservoirs Revealed

Posted on August 9, 2017
When hydropower reservoirs trap organic matter, it leads to higher local greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions are not increased; rather, they are displaced. A new tool has been developed to calculate the real greenhouse gas footprints of reservoirs. Trees and plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere to grow. When organic matter such as fallen leaves and branches degrades, CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. Water transports organic matter to the sea along rivers and, along the way, it might emit greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane. Building a reservoir stops the flow of water and traps some of the organic matter. [...]
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