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FCM Wants Long-Term Plan for Wastewater Upgrade Funds

Posted on July 19, 2012
Karen Leibovici. Credit: FCM Meeting the new federal wastewater regulations is an important national project that requires a national funding plan supported by all orders of government, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The organization issued a press release in response to yesterday's announcement from the federal government. "The federal government reached out and worked with our communities when it wrote these regulations, and now it needs to keep working with our communities to make sure we can pay for them," said FCM's president, Karen Leibovici, in the release. "We need a national funding plan [...]

Feds Implement Wastewater Effluent Regs

Posted on July 18, 2012
After over three years of discussion, including very public feedback the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the federal government has announced that it will finally implement the national Wastewater System Effluent Regulations. “We want water that is clean, safe, and plentiful for future generations of Canadians to enjoy,” said Minister of Environment Peter Kent this morning in Delta, British Columbia. “Through these regulations, we are addressing one of the largest sources of pollution in our waters. We’ve set the country’s first national standards for sewage treatment [...]

Feds Invest in Wastewater System for Greater Victoria

Posted on July 17, 2012
The governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Capital Regional District (CRD) have announced funding for the construction of a new wastewater treatment system for the region. This project will reduce marine pollution by improving the quality of municipal wastewater discharged into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The new system, known as the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (CAWTP), will consist of three projects: the construction of the McLoughlin Wastewater Treatment Plant and Marine Outfall, a biosolids energy centre, and conveyance system upgrades. The total capital cost of the CAWTP is estimated to be $782.7 million [...]

2012 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants Announced

Posted on July 13, 2012
RBC has announced its 2012 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant recipients. Thirty organizations from five countries, selected from 219 applicants from around the world, will share $4.4 million in grants for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water. Recipients are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, and China and work on a wide range of projects involving water restoration, conservation, management and education. These grants are in addition to recent announcements of a $2 million grant to the RBC Queen's Water Initiative and a $500,000 grant to the World [...]

American Water Scholarship Presented to Ecole Polytechnique Montreal Doctoral Student

Posted on July 10, 2012
Water and wastewater utility company American Water recently announced that Emilie Bedard, a doctoral student at Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, has been chosen as the recipient of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2012 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry. Bedard was selected for this scholarship due to her exceptional academic abilities, industrial experience, and personal motivation to contribute to the advancement of science in the field of drinking water [...]

Invasive Species Centre Gets New Executive Director

Posted on July 9, 2012
Robert Lambe. Robert Lambe is the new executive director of the recently constructed Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As the former regional director general of Fisheries and Oceans' Central and Arctic Region, Lambe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in natural resource management and public policy. As chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, he is highly regarded by the Centre's stakeholders throughout Ontario and U.S. states within the Great Lakes Basin The Centre, located at the Natural Resources Canada Great Lakes Forestry Centre, represents a multi-million-dollar, joint investment by the [...]

Mayors Make Declaration on Water Sustainability to Protect Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

Posted on June 29, 2012
This week, mayors from Québec, Ontario and the United States made a Declaration on Water Sustainability, committing to common sustainable water management practices to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. Also at the bi-national conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, five cities were recognized for their outstanding efforts in water conservation, water pollution prevention and sustainability. “Today, my fellow mayors and I made an important declaration on water sustainability to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence through our cities’ daily operations and long term investments, ” said Mayor [...]

Brock University Leads Major Water Research Network

Posted on June 25, 2012
Water researchers at Brock University have received federal funds to set-up a research network to look at the economic, political and social aspects of water-related issues. The “Water Economics, policy and governance network” is made up of 21 internationally recognized researchers, mostly from Canada, and about 35 partner organizations, including Water Canada magazine. “The people we have involved in this network are some of the all-stars of Canadian water researchers,” says Steve Renzetti, a water economist who is leading the “Water Economics, policy and governance network” project, which received a Partnership Grant [...]

Senate Passes Bill S-8

Posted on June 19, 2012
The Senate has passed Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act after its third reading last night and will now move to the House of Commons for consideration. According to a press release from Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan, the proposed legislation is a "crucial element" of a larger action plan that the government began implementing six years ago, the objective of which is to ensure First Nations have the same health and safety protections for drinking water in their communities as other Canadians. "The proposed legislation, if passed, would provide a mechanism to allow the government [...]

Parks Canada and Lakehead Join to Protect Lake Superior

Posted on June 13, 2012
Parks Canada and Lakehead University have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on research efforts aimed at better understanding the dynamics of Lake Superior’s coastal environment and its watershed. The intent is to increase knowledge of the social and ecological systems that support the vulnerable ecosystems of Lake Superior. According to a Lakehead release, this relationship will complement, support, and advance Parks Canada’s conservation objectives within Pukaskwa National Park and the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (LSNMCA). Specifically, it will contribute scientific expertise to the [...]
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