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Combining Green and Grey

Posted on December 15, 2014
Written by Reagan J. Davidson
The practice of stormwater management has evolved significantly over the past 25 years. Historically, oil-grit separator (OGS) units have been implemented as the choice technology in the urban environment to address pollutants in urban stormwater runoff, and also as pre-treatment for the common pond. However, through research and monitoring, our global knowledge has continued to increase to recognize settling alone may not be sufficient, and more advanced treatment mechanisms are needed to remove higher levels of contaminants (non-settable sediments, nutrients [...]

Watersheds 2014 Proceedings Now Available

Posted on December 3, 2014
Written by Laura Brandes
In January 2014, the national, three-day watershed governance forum Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond was held on Cowichan Tribes territory in Duncan, British Columbia. The event focused on bringing forward innovative ideas and developing new skills for implementing watershed governance on the ground. Delegates from a diversity of backgrounds—including watershed groups, researchers, professional resource managers, and decision-makers at all levels of government, including First Nations—came together to re-envision [...]

Interview: Nadia Joe

Posted on December 1, 2014
The December 1 POLIS Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar focused on the critical need for and importance of co-governance of water and watersheds with First Nations. Water Canada reached participant Nadia Joe, a member of the Crow Clan from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Water Project Manager at the First Nations Fisheries Council, prior to the webinar. Water Canada: You’re the Water Project Manager at the First Nations Fisheries Council. What does the Fisheries Council do, and what does your job there involve? Nadia Joe: The First Nations [...]

Aqua Taiwan 2014

Posted on November 27, 2014
Written by James Sbrolla
Located in the Pacific off the coast of China, the small island nation of Taiwan hosted the first Aqua Taiwan on October 8 to 10 with the hopes it would bring attention to the country’s fledgling water sector. The conference and tradeshow started with a theatrical opening ceremony. National and local dignitaries spoke about the business in Taiwan and globally. This was weaved into a show that included dry ice and cheerleaders. Representatives from Russia, the Middle East, the United States, and more were all in attendance. The tradeshow had an abundance [...]

INTERVIEW: Linda Lipscomb Juergensen on Using Fiction to Engage Youths in Water Issues

Posted on November 24, 2014
In her new novel Abrupt!, Idaho-based author Linda Lipscomb Juergensen explores the myth of endless water abundance in North America and the theoretical consequences of an extreme water shortage. Juergensen, a former school teacher, has crafted a fast-paced story with a teenage protagonist that she hopes will appeal to young people and spark an interest in water issues. Water Canada spoke to Juergensen over the phone for this Droplet interview. Water Canada: Nice to meet you Linda! Where are you based? Linda Lipscomb Juergensen: I’m based in the panhandle [...]

Ontario’s Water Mandate

Posted on November 11, 2014
Written by Brenda Lucas and Brian Mergelas
Last month, Premier Kathleen Wynne offered Ontarians a window into an important factor in policy-making: the influence of our political leaders. For the first time in the province’s history, the premier has made public the direction she gives to her cabinet ministers. What does this mean? Every time a new cabinet is formed, ministers are given a mandate letter that outlines the general direction of the government and the premier’s specific expectations of that minister. The letter aligns with the political mandate of the governing party, which is [...]

VIDEO: Better Water Testing, Thanks to Breath-Freshening Strips

Posted on October 29, 2014
A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing by turning the process upside-down. For more on this "lab in a pill," see Water Canada's November/December 2014 issue. http://youtu.be/BKsaPUsn15I [...]

New Sanitation

Posted on October 29, 2014
Written by Pim de Jager and Nora Sutton
Treatment of domestic wastewater to remove organic and inorganic pollutants is expensive. In a traditional wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), energy is put into the system at a significant cost in order to remove organics and nutrients. With increasing awareness of the presence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and hormones, wastewater treatment costs will increase as additional infrastructure and treatment steps are needed to remove these potentially toxic compounds. Traditional WWTPs do produce clean effluent [...]

Interview: Warren Wishart on Integrated Risk Management

Posted on October 27, 2014
Urban growth, climate change, and aging infrastructure are among the many challenges faced by municipalities in their efforts to effectively manage their stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water systems. Integrated Risk Management Framework for Municipal Water Systems is a project funded by the Canadian Water Network (CWN) and led by Edward McBean, professor and Canada Research Chair in water supply security at the University of Guelph. The project aims to give municipalities a guideline to effectively deal with these challenges. Water Canada talked to [...]

Interview: Jennifer Drake on Urban Water

Posted on September 29, 2014
Written by Dominic Ali
The following Q&A was originally posted on U of T News on Sept. 12. At the University of Toronto, water conservation efforts have been underway since the 1970s. For example, underground cisterns on the downtown campus collect rainwater, which is then used by a smart irrigation system that only waters lawns if there is no rain in the forecast. (Read more about water conservation at U of T.) But as cities continue to grow, so does the need for everyone to protect and manage water resources. Enter Jennifer Drake, a professor with the University of [...]
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