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Advancing Water Technologies Program in Ontario: Call for Proposals

Posted on July 28, 2016
The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) is inviting applications by southern Ontario companies for a limited number of technology development projects of up to 2 years in duration that could benefit from a contribution of up to $500,000 toward eligible project costs. The SOWC's Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. SOWC is now  Interested applicants must submit an Intake Form for consideration no later than 26 August, 2016. The AWT Program eligibility criteria and requirements will apply; please refer to [...]

City of St. Thomas, Ont. has approved $10M Biosolids Management Project

Posted on July 26, 2016
The City of St. Thomas, Ontario has formally approved a $10 million plan to implement advanced biosolids management solutions from Lystek International at its Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). This project will convert the facility into a Water Resource Recovery Centre (WRRC). In the current conventional wastewater treatment facility, wastewater flows through the city’s sanitary sewer systems and 12 pumping stations and is collected at the WPCP for treatment. Historically, the St. Thomas WPCP has utilized anaerobic digestion to process its biosolids. After digestion, the material is dewatered and transported to landfill [...]

Niagara Falls, Ont-based Company To Manufacture New Water Treatment Technology

Posted on July 15, 2016
Tecvalco Ltd., a Niagara Falls Ont.-based company has partnered with Soneera Water, to be the exclusive manufacturer and sales representative for Soneera’s wastewater treatment technology in Canada. The Soneera Waste Water system is a membrane-free, continuous flow electroflocculation system that can treat up to 750 cubic metres of waste water per day using a single system module. It uses approximately 0.03 to 0.07 Kwh/m3 of energy, and roughly one-fifth the physical footprint of a traditional treatment facility. There are no chemicals added to process, however, with the addition of chlorine and a UV system, the technology is [...]

Mother Nature Gets a Helping Hand at Oshawa’s Second Marsh

Posted on May 31, 2016
The Second Marsh Wildlife Area, one of the last remaining natural wonders of wetlands in the GTA, is in need of a makeover. The 338 acres of habitats, wet and dry wooded areas, beaches, and wildlife habitat is located inside the southeast corner of the City of Oshawa and is one of the largest coastal marshes of Lake Ontario. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the City of Oshawa, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), and Friends of Second March have been working to keep this wetland healthy. In early spring, a drawdown project began by progressively lowering the marsh water levels using a pumping system which encouraged [...]

Ontario Association Calls for an Ontario Water Board

Posted on May 17, 2016
An industry trade group Monday released a report recommending the creation of an Ontario Water Board (OWB) as a way of creating a sustainable financial architecture in the province. “One of the key items we're calling for is a regulatory board in the water sector like the Ontario Energy Board,” said Giovanni Cautillo, executive director of the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA). “Our population is growing. It's time we had an Ontario Water Board in this province.” The recommendation is included in a report tabled this week, Bringing Sustainability to Ontario’s Water Systems, which has been [...]

Recipients of the Ontario Awards for Environmental Excellence Celebrate at Queen's Park

Posted on May 12, 2016
At a luncheon at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Environment and Climate Change minister, Glen Murray, honoured a group of Ontario's most outstanding environmental stewards. The recipients of the 2015 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence met to receive their awards and celebrate their efforts to protect the environment and fight climate change. Several recipients are involved in water projects: Bernard Mayer, the safe water manager with the Regional Municipality of York, is leading a team of researchers that study weather and water conditions to predict beach closures, before water samples get analyzed. Their goal [...]

Guelph Releases Draft Water Efficiency Strategy

Posted on May 3, 2016
The City of Guelph has released its new, draft Water Efficiency Strategy and is inviting the public review and provide feedback. Since May 2015, the municipality has been engaging the public to provide input into what the water efficiency programs that have been most effective and new ideas to be even more aggressive in water efficiency and conservation. Water conservation has been an integral part of water management within the City of Guelph for almost 20 years. Emily Stahl, the supervisor of Water Efficiency for the city said, “It’s been a very consultative, positive and constructive process. People in our community genuinely [...]

Report Recommends Strategy to Address Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes

Posted on May 1, 2016
A new report is calling on the Ontario government to implement an incentive for the public to recycle plastic bottles to reduce plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. The report entitled, Turning the Plastic Tide: How to Protect the Great Lakes and Fight Plastic Pollution, recommends that the province introduce a deposit return on plastic bottles to dramatically increase recycling rates. “Plastic pollution is a serious and growing problem in Ontario’s waterways. Studies have found more than six million bits of plastic per square kilometre in the Great Lakes. That’s equal to the amount found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” [...]

Ontario Government Announces $1.5 Million in Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund Projects

Posted on April 22, 2016
Ontario is investing $1.5 million this year in local efforts to help protect, restore, and enhance the Great Lakes. Now in its fourth year, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is providing up to $25,000 each to fund 69 projects led by not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities, and other local groups. These projects have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes and include: Planting trees and other forms of vegetation; Naturalizing stream banks; Cleaning up beaches and shorelines; Creating rain gardens; Restoring wetland habitat; and Controlling invasive species. Since [...]

Toronto Region Conservation Authority Launches ‘A City of Rivers’ Interactive Map Tool

Posted on April 19, 2016
More than 60 years ago, Hurricane Hazel devastated Toronto and area. Lives were lost, properties destroyed, and history was written. Now, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority  (TRCA) has launched an online tool to share the city's story of flood management and how urban centres prepare for and cope with flooding from severe storm events. The new tool called, ‘Toronto—A City of Rivers’ uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology combined with written narratives to craft an interactive story of how the city's approach to flooding and flood management has gone through a significant period of evolution. From [...]
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