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Endress+Hauser Partners with Intrepid Group

Posted on October 16, 2017
Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, has concluded an agreement with Intrepid Group Ltd that makes the Alberta-based process automation company its latest Authorized Channel Partner. The move, which leverages the strong oil and gas experience of both organizations adds to the sales and support services of Endress+Hauser in Alberta. "Partnerships with regional leaders like Intrepid Group allow us to enhance our market coverage and are part of our commitment to the industries and markets we serve," said Anthony Varga, G.M. at Endress+Hauser. "We'll now be able to direct even more [...]

Manitoba Water Infrastructure Gets $205M Boost

Posted on October 11, 2017
Eleven water and wastewater projects across the province of Manitoba will get a $53.9 million boost as federal and provincial ministers announced this week. Minister Sohi, Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations, and Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman met to announce sixteen water and transit projects that would benefit from the cost-sharing agreement—part of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The water investments will support upgrades to the pollution control facility in Portage la Prairie, water and sewer main renewals in Grandview, and a new water treatment lagoon in Riverdale.  With the projects announced today, a total [...]

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Launched Call for Proposals

Posted on October 6, 2017
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has launched a 2017 call for proposals to support projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Program awards grants range from $500 to $10,000, and covere up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability. The LWF Grants Program is used to: Contribute to realizing the outcomes of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan (LWHP) Increase collaboration and align collective efforts within the Lake Winnipeg watershed Support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and engage citizens, students and local governments on innovative projects Provide [...]

Winnipeg Canoe/Kayak Launch Improvement Completed

Posted on October 5, 2017
On October 4th, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and Crescent Park Rescue officially opened the new Crescent Drive Park canoe and kayak launch site, located at 781 Crescent Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “By increasing river access this project encourages active transportation and recreational use of our rivers,” said Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton. “Supporting local infrastructure that builds active and healthy communities makes our province a better place to live, work and play.” The new canoe and kayak launch will enhance river access in Crescent Drive Park, complementing the adjacent active transportation route. Total [...]

B.C.'s Ostara to Receive Award for Phosphorus Capture Tech

Posted on October 3, 2017
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, the Vancouver, B.C. water cleantech firm that specializes in nutrient management solutions will be awarded a Project Excellence Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The world's largest nutrient recovery facility improves the water quality of the Chicago Area Waterway System, while reducing downstream phosphorus discharges into the Gulf of Mexico, has won a Project Excellence Award from WEF. The honor will be presented to the project's owner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD); Black & Veatch, the facility's design-builder; and the technology [...]

New Research Moves River Ice Modelling Forward

Posted on October 2, 2017
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Global Institute for Water Security has analyzed river ice models to develop a better understanding of modelling mechanics and, consequently, how to manage river ice. The study, Improved Understanding of River Ice Processes Using Global Sensitivity Analysis Approaches, used a new framework, variogram analysis of response surfaces (VARS), to get “a comprehensive spectrum of information about the underlying sensitivities of a model to its factors.” The researchers were looking to both verify and improve upon modelling of river ice “formation, transport, and decay.” Razi Sheikholeslami [...]

Freshwater Science Helps Support Fraser River Sockeye Salmon

Posted on September 29, 2017
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released an update on its efforts to prevent the decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, including federal investments in freshwater science. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that DFO and partners have now acted on 64 of the 75 recommendations made in Justice Cohen's 2012 final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. “Major investments in science, as well as consultations underway on the Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan, have allowed us to act on 17 more Cohen Commission [...]

Collaborative Consent for Watershed Co-Governance

Posted on September 26, 2017
On September 21st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources released Collaborative Consent and British Columbia’s Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance, which articulates a model for achieving a critical shift towards more equitable nation-to-nation relationships between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Canada’s relationships with Indigenous peoples—and the institutions, laws, and policies governing these relationships—remain fraught with challenges 150 years into Confederation. These tensions are evident in freshwater governance in B.C. where [...]

Vancouver Completes Rehabilitation of Tidal Wetland

Posted on September 22, 2017
A new tidal wetland in New Brighton Park in east Vancouver has been created to improve access to nature for park visitors, and provide habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife. The Vancouver Park Board and Port of Vancouver, in consultation with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, have worked together on this unique project to improve the health of Burrard Inlet. The project is a significant opportunity to enhance coastal wetland habitat on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Loss of tidal wetlands from Coal Harbour to Second Narrows has impaired the area’s ability to support fish and wildlife. The creation of [...]

Western WaterTech Accelerator Launched

Posted on September 18, 2017
A new water cleantech accelerator has been launched in western Canada.  WaterNEXT (not to be confused with Water Canada's Water's Next) was launched in Alberta on September 12th to help develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions. Water Next will introduce entrepreneurs to water industry investors and global industry experts, offering consulting advice, access, and networks with water industry peers and funding and mentoring partners. The organization's aim is to develop and position entrepreneurs and companies with market-ready products and to assist in the commercialization process. The organization's [...]
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