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Mississauga Council Passes Resolution in Support of Great Lakes Initiatives

Posted on March 29, 2017
Mississauga City Council passed a resolution today in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Earlier this month, the White House Draft Budget included the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Direction from the White House also halted efforts to control invasive species, particularly Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes. “The Great Lakes contain 22.5 per cent of the world’s fresh water. Nearly 40 million people in both Canada and the United States [...]

Timmins' Director of Public Works and Engineering Resigns

Posted on March 29, 2017
Luc Duval has resigned his position as director of Public Works and Engineering with the City of Timmins, effective as of April 10, 2017. Duval has been an employee of the City of Timmins since June 25, 2007. He began his career with the city as director of Public Works and Engineering and has provided operational leadership to what is the city’s largest department since then. Duval has overseen a number of water infrastructure projects in the course of his ten years, including the construction of a new Water Pollution Control Centre and upgrades to the city’s Mattagami River Wastewater Treatment Plant. “Luc has accepted [...]

Guelph Asset Management Plan Shows $271M in Water Infra. Backlog

Posted on March 29, 2017
City Council for Guelph, Ontario, unanimously endorsed the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Policy at March 27th meeting of the council. The plan will help manage infrastructure backlog, including for water, wastewater, and stormwater assets. This was the city’s first asset management plan and outlines the processes and practices the city is undertaking to ensure its assets and services offer maximum value to the Guelph community. “Asset management protects and enhances the quality of life in Guelph by informing the best possible decisions for our assets—such as pipes, buildings, roads and parks,” [...]

Man. March Flood Outlook: Slightly Reduced

Posted on March 29, 2017
The Province of Manitoba released its March flood outlook on the 24th, which stated that levels of spring flooding continue to be dependent on future weather conditions. However, the outlook also suggested that the risk of overland flooding is slightly reduced since the February outlook, though it remains moderate to major across the province. Manitoba’s Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the outlook. “‎The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre continues to monitor precipitation, spring melt and inflows from the northern United States and the Souris River basin to the west,” said Pedersen.  “At this time [...]

$3M Grant for Ducks Unlimited Canada to Protect Prairie Wetlands

Posted on March 28, 2017
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3-million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect more than 8,000 hectares of wetlands and grasslands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands, and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many [...]

New Westminster Receives $5.5M for Sewer Separation

Posted on March 28, 2017
The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, has been awarded over $5.5 million from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for the Sapperton Combined Sewer Separation project, one of the 144 projects recently announced by the provincial and federal governments. "On behalf of the City of New Westminster, I would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing this funding that will help us achieve our sewer separation goals in the Sapperton area," said Mayor Jonathan Coté. "The contribution from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will help ensure we are protecting our environment and [...]

Alberta Invests $9M in Land and Water Conservation

Posted on March 27, 2017
Working together with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners, the Alberta government has dedicated $9 million to protect ranchlands, river habitats, and watersheds in southern Alberta. Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects, including three large ranches to help keep ranchlands intact. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said, “It’s vital that we work together to prevent fragmentation and habitat loss on Alberta’s private land. Land trust organizations partner with landowners to safeguard Alberta’s unique landscape for future generations. By protecting wildlife [...]

New President and CAO of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Posted on March 27, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) has announced that John Dickert will has been selected to lead the organization as the new president and CAO. Dickert will succeed David Ullrich, who will step down from his position this summer as executive director after fourteen years and will continue as a senior advisor to the Cities Initiative. Currently serving as the mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, Dickert brings decades of experience in local, state and federal government relations, strategy, fundraising, and coalition building. He announced on March 27, that he would be stepping [...]

High Concentration of Microplastic Fibres in Ottawa River

Posted on March 27, 2017
A new study led by researchers at Carleton University has found that microplastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Of 62 open water samples and 10 sediment samples, the researchers found that the concentration of microplastic per 100 litres of water was 0.1 fragments per litre. Larger samples taken from the middle of the Ottawa River had a mean concentration of 1.35 fragements per m3. The researchers also found that concentrations of plastic pollution were much higher downstream of the wastewater treatment plant, 1.99 fragments per m3, while upstream concentrations were 0.71 fragments per m3.   Examples [...]

York Region Topped Ontario Drinking Water Quality in 2016

Posted on March 24, 2017
York Region has announced that it either met or exceeded the required parameters for drinking water quality established in its Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 for 2016. In its 2016 Drinking Water Report, the Region summarizes the management of its drinking water systems, describes procedures, reporting, and adverse water test results. Of 18,489 laboratory analyzed tests, the Region had only 25 adverse test results, 14 due to sodium, 4 microbiological, 4 inorganic, and 3 non-regulated organic. None of the adverse water quality events were non-compliance occurrences, according to its report. Some are the result of expanded reporting [...]
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