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Biofilter Upgrades Coming to Lunenburg, N.S. Wastewater Treatment

Posted on September 29, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has announced details of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade that will be support by federal and provincial funding. Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret's; Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs; and Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Luneburg, today announced over $1.1 million in joint funding to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. "Investing in wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and keeping our waterways [...]

Blue-Green Algae, Cyanobacteria Identified in Lower Thames

Posted on August 31, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
The Lower Thames Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has confirmed that the Thames River is experiencing a toxic blue-green algae event. On  August 28, LTVCA staff noted a discolouration in the Thames River, near Chatham, Ontario, and contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in London. MOECC staff undertook sampling at several locations and advised on Tuesday that it was a cyanobacteria bloom (blue-green algae) in the. They confirmed that the samples taken contained the species responsible for shutting down drinking water intakes [...]

U.S. Exchange Program to Study the Blue Economy

Posted on August 11, 2017
Canadian experts in environmental policy and conservation will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from August 14 to 23 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the oceans and their economic viability. The participants will explore the challenge of sustainably growing the “blue economy.” They will engage with American experts and innovators in the field. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will explore the role of government and [...]

Centre Wellington, Ont. Receives $1M for Water Infrastructure Projects

Posted on July 20, 2017
In October 2016, staff applied for funding for projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).  Recently they were notified by the Ministry of Infrastructure that the application had been approved and Projects may commence immediately.  The Township will receive approximately $131,095.69 from the Federal Government and $857,584.32 from the provincial government for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Centre Wellington, Ont.  Township projects nominated by the province to the federal government approved for funding include: Inflow [...]

Prov. Seeks Partner for Ontario Place Waterfront Reinvention

Posted on July 10, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
On Friday, the province of Ontario announced that is seeking a partner for Ontario Place's west island as it moves ahead on transforming the site into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination that is innovative, fun, and engaging for residents and visitors of all ages. Ontario is searching for an anchor partner that will help realize the province's vision for the West Island of Ontario Place as a vibrant hub for culture, discovery, and innovation. The province has stipulated that any proposal must protect and enhance public access to the waterfront [...]

Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection Project Gets $1.2B

Posted on June 28, 2017
With the waves nearly cresting the concrete dock, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig came together at the Toronto Portlands to announce a $1.2 billion commitment to the area. Through the Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection project, the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto have pledged support to ensure climate resilience, economic growth, spur innovation, create jobs, and improve water quality both in the Don River and Lake Ontario. The Don Mouth Naturalization [...]

The Petitcodiac River

Posted on June 26, 2017
Written by Em Coates
...The Petitcodiac River by Em Coates continued from Page 1. The river has a meander length of 79 kilometers. It runs through Westmorland, Albert, and Kings counties. An array of banks on both sides precede the 90-degree turn to the south, a characteristic that gave Moncton its original name, Le Coude (The Elbow). Its watershed includes valleys, ridges, rolling hills and is home to a varied population of terrestrial and aquatic species. The area of its watershed is 2,071 square kilometers. The average yearly precipitation in the watershed is 1,100 [...]

Education and Innovation: Key to Sustaining Lake Winnipeg

Posted on June 26, 2017
Written by Carl Dizon
Despite its natural beauty and significance to Canadians, Lake Winnipeg is in danger of the very Canadians who use it. In recent years, algae bloom levels in Lake Winnipeg have increased. This increase in algal blooms is primarily because of the corresponding increase in phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the lake, which, in turn, is a result of human activities that produce wastewater, fertilizers, and animal wastes. In fact, the significant rise in algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg is so severe that the algae blooms can even be seen from outer space. Furthermore [...]

How Can We Improve Canada’s Fresh Water?

Posted on June 26, 2017
Written by Alexandra Ionita
...continued from page 1. Unfortunately, this could become a reality because recent studies are showing that a process called eutrophication is already causing harmful effects to the health of the lake. The water quality in Lake Winnipeg has been deteriorating rapidly as a result of the harmful human activity. Eutrophication, which occurs when there is an excessive amount of nutrient build up in the lake, is the main concern when it comes to the health of Lake Winnipeg. Although algae and other plants need nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen in [...]

B.C. Funds Alternative Drinking Water Sources in Hullcar Valley

Posted on March 6, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will provide $950,000 for alternative drinking water sources, treatment for domestic well users, and sustainable, environmentally appropriate farming the Hullcar Valley. The Province will work with the Township of Spallumcheen, Splatsin, Steele Springs Water District, Interior Health, and First Nations Health Authority around the mechanics and timelines for bringing the alternative drinking water sources online. “Splatsin acknowledges B.C.'s commitment providing financial resources to lay the [...]
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