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Mackenzie DataStream: Channelling Community-Based Monitoring in the Northwest Territories

Posted on March 15, 2016
Written by By Carolyn DuBois

If you talk to anyone who thinks seriously about water, the conversation will at some point turn to the need for evidence-based decision making. If you follow this line of inquiry to the most practical of questions—where is this evidence and how is it being used?—the answers get complicated. From [...]

Combining Western and Traditional Knowledge in the Northwest Territories

Posted on March 11, 2016
Written by Lori Bradford and Lalita Bharadwaj

People living in the North are observing changes in the environment. They have questions about the health of northern ecosystems due to the effects of upstream development and climate pressures and a desire for increased environmental monitoring. Since 2010, indigenous groups in the Northwest Territories’ [...]

Health-Care Facilities Are Cleaning Up Their Water Footprint

Posted on February 17, 2016
Written by Saul Chernos

Hospitals are ground zero for healing the sick, curing disease, and saving lives. So it is unsettling to think of hospitals as less than exemplary stewards of air, land, water, and potentially contributing to human illness. The expression “physician heal thyself” comes to mind as health-care facilities [...]

Small-Town Ontario Bands Together To Get Storm Ready

Posted on February 8, 2016
Written by Robert Walton

Extreme storm events are appearing in the media with growing regularity. The reality is that many buildings and their supporting infrastructure are not designed to withstand such events without sustaining damage. After four such extreme rainfall events in Tavistock, Ontario, residents took action alongside [...]

New Research On The Persistence Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Wastewater Treatment Plants

Posted on January 25, 2016
Written by Kara Neudorf

Since the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Flemming and its clinical introduction in 1941, antibiotics have been used to successfully treat infectious diseases in millions of people and reduce patient mortality. The golden age of antibiotics occurred between the 1940s and ’90s, when the majority [...]

Addressing Phosphorus in Lake Erie With Canadian Technologies

Posted on January 15, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

Harmful algal blooms have become increasingly frequent in Lake Erie. In 2011, the lake experienced its worst cyanobacteria bloom in decades, and in 2014, the City of Toledo, Ohio, declared a state of emergency for 500,000 citizens because of the presence of high levels of algal toxins in the city’s [...]

York Region’s Sewage Solution

Posted on January 5, 2016
Written by James Careless

As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, York Region identified the need to expand its wastewater treatment capacity. Based on the region’s own forecasts, in 25 years, more than 1.5 million people in 510,000 households will call the region home. At the same time, parts of the region [...]

The Problems We’re Not Solving By Banning Bottled Water

Posted on November 30, 2015
Written by By Jessie Sitnick and Dale Beugin

Earlier this year, researchers released a study examining the University of Vermont’s precedent-setting bottled water ban established in 2003. The results: an 8 per cent increase in plastic bottle waste on campus, as well as a 25 per cent increase in the greater campus consumption of sugary, high-calorie [...]

Putting the “Sustainable” in B.C.’s New Water Law

Posted on November 15, 2015

By Rosie Simms and Oliver M. Brandes With the replacement of its over a century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014, British Columbia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize its freshwater legislation and usher in a new era of water stewardship. The Water Sustainability [...]

How Water Utilities Can Keep Budgets Balanced With Asset Management Planning

Posted on November 1, 2015
Written by By James Careless

It is estimated that more than $80 billion is needed to repair and replace Canada’s aging drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater systems. Fifteen per cent of Canada’s watermains and 20 per cent of our drinking water plants are in fair to very poor condition, while 30 per cent of the country’s [...]
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