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Prov, Feds Announce Funding for Lions Gate Secondary Facility

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced their funding for the Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Metro Vancouver Lions Gate treatment site. On March 11th, Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development joined by Greg Moore, chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, announced joint funding of up to $405 million towards the construction of the Lions Gate secondary facility. The total projected cost of the facility is approximately $700 million [...]

Canada-Ontario Release Draft Action Plan for Addressing Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Posted on March 10, 2017
The Governments of Canada and Ontario have released a draft action plan that will help to reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth of toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change said, "We intrinsically understand its importance, and we all have a reason to be invested in its protection. I encourage Canadians, especially those within the Great Lakes Basin, to participate in these consultations that will inform our collaborative actions to protect Lake Erie." The plan acknowledges that reducing the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie is the best way to minimize [...]

Risk Reduction Summit Tackles Regional Climate Change Preparedness

Posted on March 10, 2017
The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) concluded this week, which focused on regional policies for preventing natural and human-induced hazards, such as those exacerbated by climate change like flood, drought, and wildfire. At RP17, delegates gathered to approve a Regional Action Plan (RAP) to meet the United Nations (UN) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 commitments. RP17 came after a year that has thrown the spotlight squarely on risk in the Americas in the wake of events such as Louisiana’s catastrophic 2016 flooding, the Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, which [...]

Endress+Hauser Partners with Gerrie Electric for IoT

Posted on March 10, 2017
On March 1st, Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, concluded an agreement with Gerrie Electric that makes the independent electrical distributor its latest Authorized Channel Partner. The move, which leverages the strategic relationship between Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd., is a major development in the process automation sector in Canada. “The evolution to Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things offers limitless opportunity for Canadian companies,” said Anthony Varga, CEO and general manager at Endress+Hauser. “Thanks to the strength of our partnership with [...]

New Water Supply Project to Save Campbell River $16.5M

Posted on March 9, 2017
The City of Campbell River, B.C., has announced that its new water supply project will reduce the cost of future water system upgrades by an estimated $16.5 million over the next 10 years. "With the construction of Campbell River's new water intake and water quality centre at John Hart Lake, we eliminate the need for millions of dollars in future upgrades that would have otherwise been required," said Mayor Andy Adams. "We appreciate BC Hydro funding the majority of this new water supply project, and we recognize that years of positive partnership between the City and BC Hydro have helped generate this benefit for the entire community." Campbell [...]

The Worst Droughts Travel, According to a New Study

Posted on March 9, 2017
Steinbeck was right. A new study has found that some droughts can travel hundreds of kilometres from their point of origin and that once a drought reaches a threshold of intensity, conditions will worsen before improving. The study, published March 4th in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, was conducted in collaboration between researchers working the U.S. and Austria. They modeled individual drought events between 1979 and 2009 and tracked their evolution in both space and time. Past drought research, according to the authors, has largely focused on the evolution of droughts over time in a fixed region or how a drought of [...]

Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment Appoints New Director

Posted on March 8, 2017
The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) is pleased to announce that Jeremy Kraemer, Ph.D, P.Eng., has been appointed as Director. Dr. Kraemer comes to the CAWT from a global infrastructure engineering and operations firm where he most recently managed the design delivery for a $125 million nutrient removal wastewater treatment plant upgrade. For more than ten years, Jeremy has also served in key leadership roles with the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). His knowledge of water and wastewater treatment and technologies extends to many areas, including anaerobic reactors, ultraviolet disinfection [...]

Low Levels of Toxic Metals in Athabasca River

Posted on March 8, 2017
An accumulation of research led by William Shotyk, professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at University of Alberta, has found that concentrations of toxic metals in the Athabasca River show limited signs of anthropogenic deposition. In a sequence of three research reports released between December 2016 and March 2016, Shotyk and a variety of collaborators determined the concentrations of toxic metals by testing samples from the Athabasca that ranged over a 125 kilometre range upstream and downstream of oil sands extraction projects. In their first report, the team found that concentrations for a number of [...]

WaterTAP Delivers Improved Business Directory and Funding Database

Posted on March 8, 2017
Ontario’s Water Technology  Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has updated their website with a new design and layout, but also valuable tools to help visitors discover partners, funding sources, and other business growth opportunities. The new site boasts cleaner navigation, revamped content, a more powerful search engine, and practical industry tools designed to deliver an improved user experience to support the growth of our industry. The latest version of WaterTAP’s Ontario Water Technology Business Directory connects users to a robust, searchable database of hundreds of companies that offer innovative solutions. The directory [...]

Great Lakes Mayors Troubled by U.S. Budget Cuts

Posted on March 7, 2017
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 125 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expressed deep concern over draft White House budget cuts that would reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 97 per cent from $300 million to $10 million and for the EPA by 25 per cent. The mayors work closely with state, provincial, federal, tribal, first nation, and non-government representatives from across the basin to protect, restore, and sustain one of the largest freshwater resources in the world. Current vice-chair of the Cities Initiative [...]
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