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63 U.S. Representatives Write Letter for Great Lakes Funding

Posted on March 31, 2017
United States congressional representatives have appealed directly to the president that he provide $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in response to his proposed budget cuts. Yesterday, a total of 63 U.S. congressional representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and other states wrote to Donald Trump to explain that the Great Lakes are a U.S. national treasure and an economic driver. Furthermore, the representatives explained to Trump that “The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the [...]

Cross-Border Partnership Preserves Great Lakes Shoreline Area

Posted on March 29, 2017
Thanks to the cross-border collaboration of several organizations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Known as Big Trout Bay, the property is located just minutes from the international border, and 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior. Its densely forested land is crucial to several native species, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, which are assessed as special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The 1,018-hectare (2,517-acre) [...]

Mississauga Council Passes Resolution in Support of Great Lakes Initiatives

Posted on March 29, 2017
Mississauga City Council passed a resolution today in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Earlier this month, the White House Draft Budget included the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Direction from the White House also halted efforts to control invasive species, particularly Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes. “The Great Lakes contain 22.5 per cent of the world’s fresh water. Nearly 40 million people in both Canada and the United States [...]

High Concentration of Microplastic Fibres in Ottawa River

Posted on March 27, 2017
A new study led by researchers at Carleton University has found that microplastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Of 62 open water samples and 10 sediment samples, the researchers found that the concentration of microplastic per 100 litres of water was 0.1 fragments per litre. Larger samples taken from the middle of the Ottawa River had a mean concentration of 1.35 fragements per m3. The researchers also found that concentrations of plastic pollution were much higher downstream of the wastewater treatment plant, 1.99 fragments per m3, while upstream concentrations were 0.71 fragments per m3.   Examples [...]

Budget 2017—Seven Areas of Interest for the Water Sector

Posted on March 22, 2017
Although Budget 2017 was ambiguous on tax reform, it did include a significant focus on innovation. From the $1.4 billion of new capital for cleantech and promise of a new approach to procurement, to the commitment and new investments in green infrastructure and smart cities—Budget 2017 proposes some great opportunities for the water sector. Here's seven areas of note: 1. Infrastructure—Communities build for change Budget 2017 asserts a bold goal for water: “Clean drinking water for every Canadian, no matter where they live.” More specifically, it proposes to: Make available $400 million over three years through the [...]

Statistics Canada Reports on Canada's Renewable Freshwater and Water Use

Posted on March 21, 2017
A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's 25 drainage regions, as well as the latest summary of industrial and household use. Water availability in Canada Statistics Canada reported, "Canada's average annual water yield—an estimate of the country's supply of renewable freshwater—is so large that there is enough water to approximate a one-minute [...]

Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Guidance for Canadians

Posted on March 21, 2017
Groundwater is the primary source of water for almost ten million Canadians. It is critical to human health, to important aspects of the economy, and to the viability of many ecosystems. With the interests of Canadians in mind, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has developed and tested an approach for assessing the sustainability of groundwater resources at a local, regional or Canada-wide scale. The resulting Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach (GSAA), is a high-level framework that can be interpreted for application across various scales, locations and circumstances. To support the use of [...]

RBC Study Shows Public Support for Municipal Action on Water

Posted on March 20, 2017
There is good news for Canadian municipalities in the RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Canadians strongly support the safeguarding of their water. As Canadian municipalities continue to upgrade, invest, and innovate in water systems and resource management, they won’t face a challenge in having a citizen mandate to do so. But the study also found that Canadians are unsure of how these systems are paid for and are unclear about the role they play in conserving water resources. According to the study, Canadians prioritize drinking water infrastructure second only to hospitals, with 31 per cent of respondents saying drinking [...]

Tenth Edition of the RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Impact of a Decade of Investment in Freshwater

Posted on March 20, 2017
In its tenth year, the 2017 Canadian Water Attitudes Study was released by RBC today providing an in-depth examination of how Canadians think, feel, and act regarding our fresh water. As part of RBC’s 10-year global commitment to help protect freshwater resources in Canada, the Water Attitudes Survey serves as both a benchmark of progress made and barometer of the freshwater issues that matter most to Canadians. Robert Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association commented on the fact that, in addition to being released during Canadian Water Week, the survey comes in time for the next federal budget [...]

New Funding for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation, Flooding

Posted on March 16, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has made available new funding for municipalities to undertake plans and studies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapt to climate change and extreme weather conditions, including for flood resilience and wastewater services. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada's GHG emissions, and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. With this new funding, municipal leadership on climate change and resilience will be enhanced for the benefit of Canadians and their communities. Clark Somerville, president of FCM [...]

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