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UPDATED: Toronto's Dedicated Stormwater Fee Delayed

Posted on May 17, 2017
Toronto has delayed its decision to implement a dedicated stormwater fee, due to cost concerns and the ultimate transparency for rate payers, among others. When Toronto's Executive Committee—a group that makes recommendations on Council's strategic policy and priorities and financial planning, among other things—received recommendations from Toronto Water on how to charge for stormwater, the committee voted to take the report as information. “The public was asking for to be more discrete than were were ready or capable of providing,” said Lou Di Gironimo, general manager of Toronto Water, to Water Canada. “We use some [...]

Ont.'s Largest Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Not Feasible

Posted on May 17, 2017
In a report to the Town of Erin, Ontario, Gary Scott of Ainley Group, Consulting Engineers and Planners, has found that an subsurface wastewater disposal system for the communities of Erin and Hillsburgh would not be expedient. Were the project brought to fruition, it would be the largest subsurface disposal system in the province. The report delivered an overview of its findings based on Treatment and Disposal Regulations, Land Availability, Topography, and Cost. Ultimately, the report found that while it might be possible to establish the subsurface disposal system, meeting regulatory requirements would likely cost 10–20 per cent [...]

Sask. Creates Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards

Posted on May 17, 2017
Saskatchewan has moved forward on its agricultural water management strategy. On May 16th, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency, Scott Moe, announced the creation of two Agricultural Water Management Advisory Boards as Bill 44, The Water Security Agency Amendment Act, passed third reading in the legislature. "Our government's goal is to create responsibly-managed agricultural drainage networks focused on controlling and organizing water management in the province," Moe said.  "This will ensure mitigation of impacts to downstream landowners while continuing to provide benefits to producers.  The advisory boards will [...]

Molson Coors to Build Wastewater Pre-treatment Plant in Fraser Valley

Posted on May 16, 2017
In 2016, Molson Coors Canada announced plans to construct a new $200 million technologically-advanced brewery, to be located in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia. Now, the company is investing in an anaerobic reactor to treat new the brewery's wastewater. “Molson Coors Canada has a strong commitment to the communities in which we operate. We continue this tradition working closely with the people of Chilliwack and together we raise a glass to toast a long and prosperous relationship,” said Stewart Glendinning, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada The new wastewater pre-treatment plant will handle the high levels [...]

New Method Selectively Removes Micropollutants from Water

Posted on May 16, 2017
Researchers at MIT have developed a method to selectively remove micropollutants from water. Published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, the research details how an electrochemical process can select and remove organic contaminants, such as pesticides, chemical waste, and pharmaceuticals. Ion-selective electrochemical systems, which permit the capture of targeted substances, can encounter trouble in acidic environments or environments that have a complex interplay of elements across the filtration surface. The MIT findings, led by Xiao Su, Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering T. Alan Hatton, focused on [...]

Ontario Clean Water Agency Hires New Director of Engineering

Posted on May 15, 2017
The Ontario Clean Water Agency has hired Lisa Babel as the new director of Engineering Services. Babel is taking over from Sangeeta Chopra, who is now director of process optimization and technical services. Babel is a chemical engineer from the University of Waterloo with more than 25 years' experience in the environmental consulting engineering and project management field. She spent more than 20 years with Hatch Ltd. providing engineering services, specializing in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and management for the mining and metallurgical industries. For the past year, Lisa has been operating her own [...]

Research Extends Historic Data on Lake Erie Agal Blooms

Posted on May 15, 2017
Using data from NASA's Landsat 5 instrument, scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms and their implications for lake restoration. With the data, the researchers generated new estimates of historical algal blooms in Lake Erie, more than doubling the number of years previously available for scientists to investigate, from 14 to 32. The researchers discovered that decadal-scale cumulative phosphorous loading—that is the runoff that enters the waterway—helps to predict bloom size in addition to the effects from same-year [...]

Alberta Bolsters Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections

Posted on May 15, 2017
Bolstering its fight against aquatic invasive species, the Alberta government has added two new inspection stations and 30 new boat inspectors. The two stations opened earlier this year at Canada Border Services Agency sites, part of precautionary efforts following the discovery of zebra mussel larvae in Montana late last year. The province has also extended the inspection season by several weeks in spring and fall, which began in March and will last until November. Two high-priority inspection stations — at Dunmore and Coutts — have extended their hours for 24-hour service. “Our boat inspectors are on the front lines of [...]

Ryerson Students Win Award for Water, Sanitation in India

Posted on May 12, 2017
Ryerson University students have been named National Champions of the Environment by the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, for the creation of Project Pura, which empowers waterpreneurs to manufacture and sell water filters in Gujarat, India. In addition to supporting the manufacturing and sale of ceramic water filters, Project Pura assists in providing a water sanitation education and entrepreneurship program to drive industry growth. In Gujarat, 70 per cent of the population faces high water stress. Enactus Ryerson University has been named the 2017 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country's [...]

Insurance Bureau of Canada Statement on Que. Floods

Posted on May 12, 2017
The Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a statement on flooding and insurance coverage in the province of Quebec. The statement is in response to the flooding that has occurred in several Quebec regions in the past weeks. The Insurance Bureau's aim is to provide understanding for residents of flooded regions regarding what is, potentially, covered under their insurance policies and how new flood coverage functions. Topics covered by the Insurance Bureau of Canada are below. 1) Is flood covered? Until recently, flood was excluded from all home insurance policies. As of March 2017, some Quebec insurers started [...]

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