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Michigan Posts $1M Challenge for Solutions to Asian Carp

Posted on August 2, 2017
Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have launched a $1 million global search for innovative solutions to the impending invasion of the Asian carp. Both silver carp and bighead carp have progressed to within 10 miles of the three electric barriers built to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterways System. Acknowledging that the fish pose a serious threat to a $7 billion fishing industry in the Great Lakes, recreational users, and the health of  Great Lakes ecosystems, the hope is that the call will spur new ideas that can be implemented across the basin. Multiple technologies [...]

Clearford Water Systems Shows Market Growth in UV Treatment

Posted on August 1, 2017
Ottawa-based Clearford Water Systems Inc. has released unaudited consolidated financial statements, which shows revenue slightly below $1 million for the last quarter, while the UV Pure segmented sales have shown market growth. Revenue for the second quarter 2017 was $972,731 compared with $1,041,011 for the prior year's quarter. Operating loss before net financing costs were $520,580 for the quarter compared with $816,879 for the prior year's quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 revenue was $1,809,499 compared with $1,961,790 in the prior year and our operating loss was $1,162,682 compared to $1,756,910 in the prior year. UV [...]

Ontario Startup Wins Milwaukee Accelerator Competition

Posted on August 1, 2017
The Milwaukee, WI-based Water Council and Guest of Honor Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced the fifth round of winners of the BREW Accelerator and graduated the fourth round of startups during a special ceremony at City Lights Brewing in Milwaukee. Ecoli-Sense from Ontario was among the winning startups. The BREW Accelerator is a seed accelerator focused on innovation-driven startups with commercialization potential solving global water challenges. The accelerator pairs the water-focused startups with a community of credentialed experts, services and resources of Wisconsin’s historic world water hub to help entrepreneurs [...]

New Research on Filtering Heavy Metals from Water

Posted on July 28, 2017
Research released yesterday provides an outline for creating a cheap and durable filter for removing heavy metal from water, one gram of which is capable of filtering 83,000 Litres of water to WHO limits for heavy metal concentrations. Titled, Easily Regenerated Readily Deployable Absorbent for Heavy Metal Removal from Contaminated Water, was published in the journal Nature. The researchers, from Texas and Wales, were able to construct a supported-epoxidized carbon nanotube (SENT), which builds on the use of graphene oxide as an adsorbent. Speaking to Maarten Rikken for the website ResearchGate, one of the study’s authors, Andrew [...]

Council of the Great Lakes Region Signs Partnership Agreement

Posted on July 25, 2017
The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) are very pleased to announce a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed on July 07, 2017 the agreement launches an ambitious effort by CGLR and NEMWI to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, as well as outreach to federal, state-provincial and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries. The overarching goals of the new partnership include: Conducting [...]

$13 Million Awarded to Wetland Projects in 7 States

Posted on July 24, 2017
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced that the agency will award $13 million to projects in seven states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). “These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in achieving greater wetland acreage and maximizing their benefits to farmers, ranchers and the local and rural communities where wetlands exist.” NRCS acting chief Leonard Jordan said. Wetland reserve easements enable landowners to successfully reduce impacts from flooding, recharge [...]

Wastewater, Ally in Antibiotic-Resistant Microorganisms

Posted on July 21, 2017
Biosurfactants are compounds produced naturally by bacteria, fungi or yeasts and they have been commercially utilized in shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. They are also used in food, agriculture, cosmetic and medical industries as well as in environmental bioremediation to prevent the spread of spoilage and disease-causing bacteria. "The biosurfactants produced by the two bacteria in my study prevented the growth of major disease-causing bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and gentamicin-resistant E. coli which can lead to life-threatening infections in humans," said Dr. Thando Ndlovu, a [...]

BluMetric Awarded New Contracts in Central America in Excess of $1 Million

Posted on July 20, 2017
BluMetric Environmental, an Ottawa-based cleantech company, is pleased to announce two new sales in Central America valued at more than $1 million cumulatively. These contract demonstrate the success of BluMetric's Americas strategy, to target sectors that enable the company to focus on specific client needs—in these cases,  for the food-beverage-agriculture and industrial-commercial-development sectors, but also tailored for the mining sector, especially as it relates to ammonia reduction. BluMetric's El Salvador office has built a well-established client base over the past ten years, expanding in size with full-time staff [...]

Great World Water Prize for Water Security and Climate Justice

Posted on July 20, 2017
The Government of Morocco and the World Water Council launch today the 6th edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize to reward excellence in “Cooperation and sound management in the development and use of water resources.” The winner will be granted a US$100,000 award. The Prize will be handed out during the opening ceremony of the next World Water Forum, to be held in Brasilia, Brazil, 18 to 23 March 2018. The topic of the 2018 edition is "Working towards greater solidarity and inclusion in order to ensure water security and climate justice.” The contribution may be scientific, economic, technical, environmental [...]

Lystek Awarded San Francisco Contract for Biosolids Management

Posted on July 19, 2017
Leading biosolids and organics solutions provider, Lystek International, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a two-year contract for Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids Services by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Under the terms of this competitive contract, Lystek agrees to process up to 3,500 tons of biosolids per year into a Class A product at its 150,000 (U.S.) ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in California. Every year, Lystek’s patented and proven, low temperature Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP) diverts hundreds [...]
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