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NWT Releases Guidelines for Effluent Mixing Zones

Posted on September 21, 2017
The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced the release of the Guidelines for Effluent Mixing Zones on September 20th. “Working closely with partners on initiatives that support environmentally sustainable decision-making is important for managing water in the NWT,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. McLeod also noted that the Guidelines document helps clarify the regulatory process while supporting the Water and Effluent Quality Management Policy and builds on the GNWT’s Water Stewardship Action Plan 2016-2020. “This [...]

Great Lakes Commissioners Endorse Water Infrastructure Plan

Posted on September 21, 2017
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has endorsed a joint action plan to address the growing water infrastructure crisis in the Great Lakes region, including drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and conveyance. The plan outlines actions to address a backlog in needed upgrades and repairs to water-related infrastructure in the eight Great Lakes states and two provinces over the next 20 years—everything from wastewater treatment plants to stormwater pipes and drinking-water filtration systems. This backlog is conservatively estimated to cost $271 billion, and many experts believe that figure is a significant underestimate. The [...]

Trillium Foundation Grant for Agricultural Conesrvation Projects

Posted on September 20, 2017
Agricultural producers in Ontario will soon have more opportunities to establish ALUS conservation projects on their farms, thanks to a $695,900 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Ontario Nature's executive director Caroline Schultz and ALUS Canada's CEO Bryan Gilvesy announced the grant on Tuesday. "We are so pleased that OTF has reaffirmed their commitment to ALUS as an excellent way to protect and restore ecosystems on agricultural land in Ontario," said Gilvesy, speaking at a restored wetland on a farm in Lambton County. The OTF funds will help establish five new ALUS communities in Ontario: ALUS [...]

Clearford Water Systems Signs MOU to Access Indian Markets

Posted on September 20, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario-based Clearford Water Systems Inc. today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tata Projects Ltd. (TPL) to promote implementation of Clearford's proprietary and award-winning wastewater collection and treatment system (Clearford One) in India and other international markets. Clearford is a recent winner of the Frost & Sullivan 2017 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award and short-listed for the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC) Sanitation Awards 2017 Innovation Category. TPL is an engineering, procurement and construction services company of the Tata Group [...]

New Wastewater Treatment Plant Begins Operation in Owen Sound, Ont.

Posted on September 20, 2017
Representatives gathered yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the newly-constructed Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The plant upgrades, which have been underway since August of 2014, represent the single largest project undertaken in the city’s history with a construction value in excess of $48 million. “I am pleased to be part of this infrastructure project to support the health and well-being of our citizens and Georgian Bay neighbours. These vital upgrades will ensure the safe and reliable treatment of wastewater for years to come, and continue to establish Owen Sound as Where You Want to Live,” [...]

Nunatsiavut: Muskrat Falls Failing to Curb Methylmercury Accumulation

Posted on September 19, 2017
Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe has released a statement declaring that he’s disappointed that a key commitment to help mitigate downstream methylmercury impacts from the Muskrat Falls project is not being honoured. “When we met with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball last October we all agreed to resolve several key issues surrounding the pending flooding of the Muskrat Falls reservoir,” said President Lampe. “While some progress has been made on a number of fronts, including the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Committee (IEAC), we have been informed that the major commitment to lower water [...]

Study Details Phosphorus Recycling Between Lake Mud and Water

Posted on September 19, 2017
In a new study, Internal phosphorus loading in Canadian fresh waters: a critical review and data analysis, scientists investigated a significant, but poorly understood, process in Canada’s aquatic ecosystems: the recycling of phosphorus between mud at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water. The process can contribute to the formation of the harmful algal blooms that plague many lakes. Across the country, increasingly large sums of money are invested every year into the management of nutrient pollution, but in some lakes, legacy effects from nutrients deposited years ago can linger and delay recovery. “Our main goal was [...]

WWF Study Demonstrates Best Practices in E-Flows

Posted on September 19, 2017
Human health and well-being are intrinsically linked to the health of water systems that support communities. A new study by the United Kingdom's branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-UK) has surveyed global best practices in implementing e-flows, referring to the timing and volume of river flows conducive to sustaining freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods. Entitled, Listen to the river: Lessons from a global review of environmental flow success stories, the report honed in on eight rivers to demonstrate key human factors that led to success in e-flow implementation. Based on a long list of case studies—including [...]

Western WaterTech Accelerator Launched

Posted on September 18, 2017
A new water cleantech accelerator has been launched in western Canada.  WaterNEXT (not to be confused with Water Canada's Water's Next) was launched in Alberta on September 12th to help develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions. Water Next will introduce entrepreneurs to water industry investors and global industry experts, offering consulting advice, access, and networks with water industry peers and funding and mentoring partners. The organization's aim is to develop and position entrepreneurs and companies with market-ready products and to assist in the commercialization process. The organization's [...]

Laurier Opening New Research Office in Yellowknife

Posted on September 18, 2017
Wilfrid Laurier University is opening a research office in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), which will allow it to further develop its national and international leadership in cold regions research. The office, which is located in the W.H. Bromley Building in downtown Yellowknife, is home to year-round staff, primarily research associates and postdoctoral fellows. It also provides a workspace to visiting faculty, students and staff. It is a base for Laurier's research activities in the North and for liaising with partners, including various levels of government and Indigenous communities. “Laurier has a longstanding [...]
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