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Nfld. & Labrador Approve 7 Million-Tonne In-Pit Tailings Storage

Posted on September 11, 2017
Last week, Anaconda Mining Inc. received approval from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources to amend the Pine Cove Property Development Plan and Rehabilitation and Closure Plan to utilize the Pine Cove Pit at the Point Rousse Project as a 7 million-tonne (Mt) in-pit tailings storage facility (the TSF). Over the coming months, Anaconda Mining plans to accelerate the mining rate at the base of the Pine Cove Pit and stockpile ore, so it can put the TSF into service in early 2018. "The addition of the in-pit tailings facility strengthens our infrastructure at the Point Rousse Project and fortifies our platform [...]

Nutrient Guide Adopted by Alta. Environmental Farm Plan

Posted on September 11, 2017
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship guide, developed by Fertilizer Canada, will become a part of Alberta’s Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Fertilizer Canada has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Agricultural Research & Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) that includes integration of 4R Nutrient Stewardship into the province's EFP. "We are pleased that ARECA has officially recognized 4R Nutrient Stewardship as a best practice for nutrient management on Alberta farms," said Garth Whyte, president and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. "By encouraging farmers across the province to use fertilizer effectively, Alberta is [...]

Great Waters Challenge 2017 Launches

Posted on September 8, 2017
This week, the Great Waters Challenge re-launched. An online, Canada-wide game engaging youth and schools in water celebrations, the Great Waters Challenge inspires youth to uncover water stories in their community, showcasing how Canada's identity is connected to our great waters. The challenge was developed by Waterlution and is supported by the Government of Canada. Today, Waterlution welcomes its second cohort of eighteen volunteer youth advisors from across Canada to support the challenge. Waterlution is thrilled to harness their individual and collective capacity to be water leaders and stewards of the Canada’s water future. “The [...]

FCM Annual Report Highlights Water & Wastewater Projects

Posted on September 8, 2017
Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released the annual report on its Green Municipal Fund (GMF), which through 2016 and 2017 informed FCM’s work on capacity building in the water and wastewater project space. In a letter addressed to its stakeholders, FCM’s president, Jenny Gerbasi, and member of the GMF council, Ben Hednerson, said “During 2016–2017, GMF invested $74 million in loans and grants for 9 capital projects, and $9 million in grants for 71 plans, studies and pilot projects across the country, with many more municipalities benefitting directly from GMF knowledge services.” According to [...]

Great Lakes Study to Assess Investment Impact on Farming Practices

Posted on September 8, 2017
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has been awarded $750,000 to lead a project that will determine whether the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) investments have influenced how farmers are conducting their agricultural operations. Agricultural producers in the Great Lakes basin have received over $100 million for on-the-ground agricultural conservation practices through the GLRI since 2010. Agricultural producers receive funding through the GLRI and other state and federal programs to promote adoption of conservation practices by making them more affordable. Currently, efforts are looking at whether conservation programs [...]

London, Ont. Program Helps Mitigate Urban Runoff

Posted on September 7, 2017
Ontario is providing over $380,000 in funding for 25 projects that will help restore and rehabilitate over 1,050 hectares of land, protect biodiversity, and mitigate urban runoff. Through the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program, the province is supporting Reforest London to enhance ecosystem health and forest cover in the London area. Reforest London will focus restoration efforts on five large publicly owned woodlands through tree planting and invasive species removal, which will improve the health of the woodlands and the important habitat they provide for wildlife. “Thanks to the most recent round of funding [...]

COSIA Director Joins Wilfrid Laurier Water Initiative

Posted on September 7, 2017
Kelly Munkittrick has been named Wilfrid Laurier’s executive director of cold regions and water initiatives, a newly created position within the university. A former director of monitoring with the Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and scientific director of the Canadian Water Network, Munkittrick will work to advance research initiatives and, student training opportunities supporting Laurier’s growing commitment to cold regions and water science. The position was created to advance a partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Global Water Futures program, and other cold regions and [...]

A Wetland Off-Setting Strategy for Ontario

Posted on September 7, 2017
On the heels of a decision by the Ontario government to proceeded a wetland off-setting program, a provincial conservation group is recommending measures to ensure that the program is effective. In a new report entitled, Navigating the Swamp: Lessons on Wetland Offsetting for Ontario, Ontario Nature has published a set of recommendations for the provincial government to help enable compensation for the negative impacts of development through the restoration or creation of new wetlands. On July 20, 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced plans to proceed with its new wetlands strategy, subject to changes [...]

Grass Carp Eggs Found in Lake Erie Tributary

Posted on September 6, 2017
Yesterday, the U.S.’s Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee and the bi-national Council of Great Lakes Fishery Agencies announced the discovery of grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary. The recent discovery is not an indicator of the population size of grass carp in the Sandusky River, but it does underscore the continued need for grass carp early detection and management efforts in the area. Current evidence suggests that grass carp, a type of Asian carp, are present in extremely low abundance in the area, making early detection a critical step in preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold in the environment. Work [...]

Three B.C. River Basins Upgraded to Level 4 Drought

Posted on September 6, 2017
On September 1st, British Columbia upgraded the Nicola, Salmon, and Similkameen river basins to Drought Level 4. These are in addition to the Coldwater river basin, which was declared drought level 4 in mid-August. The Province is urging all surface water and groundwater users, including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities, to voluntarily reduce water consumption. A Level 4 drought rating recommends maximum reduction of water use, while a level 3 drought rating calls for reducing water use by 30 per cent. Four river basins were upgraded to level 3 drought condition, those being the Okanagan, Lower Fraser, West Vancouver [...]
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