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Research Identifies Drought Conservation Impacts on Wastewater Reuse

Posted on September 18, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented. "Drought, and the conservation strategies that are often enacted in response to it, both likely limit the role reuse may play in improving local water supply reliability," wrote Quynh K. Tran, a UCR Ph.D. student in chemical and environmental engineering; David Jassby, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering; and Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental economics and policy. In the past, recycled [...]

Shoreline Stabilization at Crooked Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley

Posted on September 18, 2017
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing nearly $160,000 to stabilize the shoreline at Crooked Lake Provincial Park to protect park greenspace from further erosion. Caused by extremely high water levels and wave activity from 2012 to 2015, erosion has impacted the adjacent campgrounds and park space. Work to stabilize and armour the shoreline with rip-rap is set to begin in late October and carry on throughout the winter after freeze-up of the area. “Restoring and securing the shoreline will ensure visitors to Crooked Lake will continue to be able to enjoy the activities this park has to offer,” said Parks, Culture and Sport [...]

Kingsbury, Que. Gets Two New Pumping Stations & Treatment Plant

Posted on September 18, 2017
Due to funding from both the provincial and federal governments, the Municipality of Kingsbury, Quebec now has a new wastewater treatment system. Karine Vallières, Member of the National Assembly for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth), participated in the inauguration of the new wastewater facility in Kingsbury. ‟This is another instance where I could be helpful as a Member of the National Assembly in getting this through, building bridges, and finding solutions. I am delighted with the funding provided by our Government to carry out this important project for the community of Kingsbury,” said [...]

Tignish, P.E.I. Receives CWWF Funds for Wastewater Upgrades

Posted on September 18, 2017
For the community of Tignish, Prince Edward Island an investment in better wastewater processing is a big step toward environmental sustainability and a success story of governments working together. With the help of the Canada Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), the Island’s northernmost major community is improving water handling by building a new lagoon, renovating the existing treatment cell, and installing new facilities including ultraviolet disinfection to enhance the quality of effluent leaving the plant. “The work is going on right now,” said Chancey Gaudette, chief administrative officer of Tignish. “The new lagoon [...]

Minto, Ont. Receives Report, Recommendations After June Flooding

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Town of Minto, Ontario, population 8,300, experienced a significant rainfall event during the early morning hours of June 23, 2017. The rainfall resulted in widespread flooding throughout the Town of Harriston. A declaration of an emergency was made by Mayor Bridge at 10:04 hours on June 23 which lasted for 6 days. Flood forecasting data from the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) showed that the North Maitland River watershed received precipitation amounts of 110 to 170 millimetres over a 6 to 8-hour period early Friday morning. Approximately 168 properties were reported to be damaged, current damage estimates are [...]

Chiefs Express Concern Over Water Quality at Potlotek First Nation

Posted on September 15, 2017
Chiefs in Atlantic Canada are expressing frustration and concern over Canada’s lack of action to address hazardous water quality in Potlotek First Nation. It’s been one year since residents of the Cape Breton Indigenous community raised serious concerns about the quality of their drinking water, and this week, the community has been advised by Health Canada not to drink the water, bathe in it, nor to wash clothes in it. To date, no clear action plan has been committed and no funding confirmed to address these repeated water issues. “Our community has been working with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) over the [...]

Winnipeg Completes Riverbank Stabilization Project

Posted on September 15, 2017
A riverbank stabilization project in Winnipeg has been completed. The successful project on Lyndale Drive improves the reliability of the city's primary dike, protects the road and nearby utilities, and at the same time enhances the riverbank area. “This project will not only provide functional upgrades to the riverbank through stabilization, but it has also improved active transportation paths in the area,” said Minister of Municipal Relations Jeff Wharton. Delivered on time and under budget, the project consisted of the removal of an aging timber retaining wall, installation of rockfill columns for riverbank stabilization [...]

Watermain Upgrades Across Toronto

Posted on September 14, 2017
The governments of Canada, Ontario, and the City of Toronto announced a $20 million investment the structural relining of watermains in Toronto, approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems. Julie Dzerowicz, MP for Davenport, Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport, and Toronto city councilor Ana Bailao (Ward 18 Davenport), and Lou Di Gironimo, general manager gathered at Wallace Emerson Park on Dufferin Street on September 13th to make the announcement. The federal government [...]

Watershed Planning & Data Management Tool Goes to Market

Posted on September 14, 2017
Last week, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. completed the next iteration of the Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System (THREATS), a data management tool for watershed planning. The development of the company’s internet-based open data and open source GIS platform began less than year ago. Inspired by research funded by the Canadian Water Network and prototype development led by Dr. Monique Dubé, Greenland Consulting secured source code rights and began further developing the platform. The company has thanked the Government of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program [...]

AquaHacking Offers Five Innovative Solutions for Lake Erie

Posted on September 14, 2017
Leaders from government, First Nations, philanthropically minded businesses, and youth activists came together for the 2017 AquaHacking Summit to address the many issues facing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin, specifically Lake Erie. Hosted by the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, AquaHacking is a collaborative movement that brings together representatives from federal and provincial ministries, NGOs, communities, water experts, local incubators, and technology firms, including AquaHacking’s founding partner IBM Canada, and dozens of AquaHackers to foster the responsible [...]
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