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$925,000 for Alberta Water Stewardship Programming

Posted on December 22, 2016
Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) in Alberta has been given a multi-year, $925,000 grant by Alberta’s Environment and Parks to help protect the province’s water resources. The grant provides $250,000 for 2017, followed by $225,000 grants for each subsequent year, ending in 2019-20. This funding will allow the centre to support the development of long-term planning and community-based projects. “Land Stewardship Centre is an important partner in Alberta’s efforts to promote healthy aquatic ecosystems. Programs funded by these grants will result in reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy and safe, secure [...]

$181M Will Help Protect Watercourses at Oil Site Clean Up in N.W.T.

Posted on December 21, 2016
Imperial Oil has committed a $181M security for the cleanup of its oilfield in Norman Wells, North West Territories. The site remediation plan emphasizes protection of natural watercourses in the region. The Norman Wells extraction site has been in operation since the 1920s when the first well was drilled on the banks of the Mackenzie River east of the Bosworth Creek delta. Currently, the operation produces approximately 1,900 cubic metres of oil per day from 353 operating wells. The current site. Source: Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan A part of the company’s renewal of its water licence in March, 2015, was the provision [...]

Dioxin-like Chemical of Concern Mapped in Great Lakes

Posted on December 21, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have mapped the location of thousands of tons of polyhalogenated carbazoles (PHCZs), an emerging chemical of concern, in the sediment of the Great Lakes and estimated their amount. Based on soil samples from the lake bottom and core samples from beneath it, they estimate that about 3,000 tons of PHCZs lie in the sediment under lakes Michigan, Superior and Huron. But not all of it is pollution. "Because the amount of PHCZs we found is so high, and because of their location in the lakes as well as in the sediment cores we took, we believe that most of the PHCZs in these lakes is [...]

B.C. District Opens $4M Water Treatment Plant

Posted on December 21, 2016
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have invested in modern water treatment infrastructure in the Abbotsford-Mission district. Funding the project, the Government of Canada contributed $3,078,000 to the project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The District of Mission and the City of Abbotsford contributed $1,203,000, brining the total project cost to $4,281,000. Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission - Matsqui - Fraser Canyon, celebrated the official opening of the new Cannell Lake Water Treatment Plant, what they called a “modern and efficient infrastructure for safer, better quality drinking water for Abbotsford-Mission [...]

Unveiling the Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade P3 Project

Posted on December 20, 2016
This week, the City of Regina cut ribbons at the official unveiling of the completed Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project in Saskatchewan—a project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3). “With the help of our P3 partners, the City of Regina delivered this project on time and under budget,” said Mayor Fougere. “With a transparent process, a great partner in EPCOR, and a wonderful project team we have achieved exactly what we set out to do. I couldn’t be more impressed with the effort and results achieved by our staff through this complicated and challenging process.” An additional [...]

Updated: Ontario's Annual Report on Lake Simcoe

Posted on December 20, 2016
Ontario has released its Minister’s Annual Report on Lake Simcoe for 2015. The report provided an update on government efforts since the release of their five-year report in October 2015. Work in Lake Simcoe has been primarily focused on phosphorous loading in the the lake, chloride levels, and climate change adaptation. “Overall, we can applaud that continued emphasis on Lake Simcoe by the province is encouraging, and that as a result of that we are seeing improvements to the lake itself,” said Ben Longstaff, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), general manger of Integrated Watershed Management. The report [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Announce Eleven New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on December 20, 2016
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $14 million for 11 water and wastewater projects across the province this week. Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure joined the Honourable Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate the announcement. The federal and provincial governments are providing a total of $2.7 million for eight projects through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), which supports improvements to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection infrastructure. A total of 142 projects across the province will receive funding [...]

Is Ontario's Moratorium on Water-Taking for Bottling Effective?

Posted on December 20, 2016
The Ontario government announced its two-year moratorium on new or expanded water-taking permits for companies who bottle water. The province’s moratorium bans new water bottling facilities from taking groundwater and prohibits existing facilities from increasing their groundwater taking or testing for future groundwater sources. According to the government press release, the moratorium will “ensure groundwater resources are better conserved for future generations, and help to protect against future water insecurity due to climate change, population growth, increasing consumption and drought.” An article in the Wellington [...]

Obama Approves New Great Lakes Legislation

Posted on December 19, 2016
This week, the United States Congress and President Obama signed into law new legislation that will solidify the future of many programs that are important to the Great Lakes, known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. In a statement to the press, President Obama said, authorizes vital water projects across the country to restore watersheds, improve waterways and flood control, and improve drinking water infrastructure. The law also authorizes $170 million for communities facing drinking water emergencies, including funding for Flint, Michigan, to recover from the lead contamination in its drinking [...]

Loss of Prairie Ecosystem A Threat to Watersheds, Source Water

Posted on December 19, 2016
Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Dan Kraus has brought attention to the fact that the threat to Canada’s prairie grassland ecosystem should be of major concerns to Canadians. While Kraus’ primary concerns are for biodiversity, pressure on the ecosystem has the potential to cause problems in the region’s watersheds. According to a 2010 report on biodiversity prepared by the governments of Canada, the country lost 70 per cent of its prairie grassland prior to the 1990s. “In an ecosystem that is created by a lack of water, grasslands are critical for allowing water to infiltrate into the ground, providing base flow to [...]
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