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Communities Collaborate on Lake Huron Conservation

Posted on November 1, 2016
On October 20th, officials from 14 municipalities along the Lake Huron shoreline, from Sarnia to Tobermory, gathered to discuss collaborative conservation practices. Facilitated by The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, the forum offered presentations from Ted Briggs, Great Lakes advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change; Pat Donnelly, Coastal Science and Stewardship advisor; and Dr. Janice Gilbert, a wetland ecologist. In 2014, The Centre released a Coast Watchers Report. Coast Watchers is an initiative intended to “engage member so of the community to take an active part in both observing and [...]

Metro Vancouver Loves Water

Posted on November 1, 2016
We Love Water is an indoor water conservation campaign run by Metro Vancouver. The campaign's message is: using water wisely is the right thing to do all year round, and small actions really do add up. Turning off the tap while brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day can save close to 700 litres of drinking water each month Cutting two minutes off your daily shower saves over 460 litres a month Running full washing machines or dishwasher loads maximizes the appliance's water efficiency Along with improved transmission and increased supply, water conservation is a major component of Metro Vancouver's plan for ensuring there [...]

Bradford, Ont. Moving Toward Approval of a Stormwater Management Master Plan

Posted on November 1, 2016
In 2013, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop a new Stormwater Management Master Plan in accordance with the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, with an aim to be done in 2015. The plan is behind schedule, but now a final draft is being reviewed for approval. In order to comply with the regulations, several of the town's 11 stormwater, including wetlands, to channels, wet or dry ponds, will need need to be maintained to remove built up sediments and deal with overgrown vegetation. The estimated cost of the work is $400,000, to be considered in the 2017 budget. The [...]

Student Team Takes Top Prize With Stormwater Solution at Weekend Hackathon Event

Posted on October 31, 2016
If Lee Valley, Home Depot, or IKEA could offer you a low-cost, easy-install, beautiful modular green roof installation kit, would this be your next weekend project? Ryerson Urban Water and its partners of a weekend Hackathon thought so, as they awarded this concept in the Best Overall Design at the 2016 Ryerson Urban Water Stormwater Hackathon. Team Go With The Flow took top scores, when they pitched their green infrastructure pop up design, developed over two days, to a group of water experts including Tom Kazas of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Nick Reid of Ryerson Urban Water and Actual Media, Eric Meliton of [...]

Canadian Provinces and Territories are Ill-Prepared for Flooding due to Climate Change

Posted on October 31, 2016
A new report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation out of the University of Waterloo finds all 10 provinces and Yukon are ill-prepared for flooding as a result of climate change. The report, Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage, surveyed 103 government representatives across 91 provincial and territorial ministries, departments and agencies between December 2015 and April 2016. Assessments focused on the preparedness of provinces and Yukon to limit flood damage relative to current and future major rainfall events, across 12 categories of assessment, including [...]

CETA and Canada's Water Security

Posted on October 31, 2016
On October 30, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, signed the much anticipated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium. The Agreement is touted to be a modern, progressive trade agreement that, when implemented, will generate billions of dollars in bilateral trade and investment while preserving shared values such as the environment. However, the implications of boosting growth in Canadian agriculture and agri-food markets could have [...]

Level 3 Low Water Since August in Quinte Watershed

Posted on October 31, 2016
In the area of Belleville, ON, the Quinte watershed has experienced low water conditions since June. In August, a Level 3 Low Water Condition was declared. As of late October, the alert is still in effect. In presentation to the council, Terry Murphy, general manager at Quinte Conservation, commented that the watershed authority has not previously encountered a drought of this severity. And, as such, the Conservation has recommended that all municipalities within the county develop drought management plans to deal with situations reflecting what the Quinte watershed has experienced for the last 5 months. As reported in The Belleville [...]

Charlottetown Creek Rehabilitation Gets Funding

Posted on October 28, 2016
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, has announced funding for the Ellen's Creek Watershed Group (ECWG) for their Living by the Creek project. The project will work with home and business owners in the city that live adjacent to streams and waterways to implement best management practices on their property including: planting in the buffer zone, rain barrels, swales, and other anti-erosion techniques. Participants will be part of the ECWG's awareness campaign as well as provided with free support to improve their properties from a water management prospective. "This project builds [...]

Study Maps Tap Water & Urban Water Systems

Posted on October 28, 2016
A study by scientists at the University of Utah used water isotopes to track the cycle of postprecipitation water through urban water systems. In order to map the connections, the researchers collected and analyzed water samples from 800 taps across the Salt Lake Valley of northern Utah in semiannual water surveys from 2013–2015. The guiding principle of the study was to address increasing demand for water and its supply with the advent of climate change, the research team thought that “there is a pressing need to better understand connections between human populations, climate, water, extraction, water use and its impacts.” As [...]

New Research on Nature-Based Water Treatment

Posted on October 27, 2016
Harmful algae growth can have a negative impact surface waters for both  human health and ecosystems. In drinking water, algae can lead to odours and unwanted tastes and an increased risk of toxins and bacteria. Most countries counteract these effects through water treatment, but the treatment chemicals can cause their own set of problems for human health. A recent study in the journal Phycologia suggests natural products may provide an alternative. Researchers from the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain tested to see if algae could be removed using natural coagulants rather than chemical coagulants, such as aluminum [...]
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