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Water Win Against Logging Giant Leaves Unanswered Questions

Posted on October 8, 2015

By Andrew Gage, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law Even though water has been at the heart of logging conflicts in British Columbia for many years, it is very rare that logging companies are actually made to pay financially when they harm watercourses. That’s why a rare out-of-court settlement [...]

Planning for Uncertainties in Stormwater Management

Posted on October 2, 2015

By Nathanael Couperus and Natalija Fisher Cities across Canada are looking for solutions to reduce their vulnerabilities to infrastructure deficits, rapid urban growth, and climate change. Planning for uncertainties requires a diverse portfolio of solutions to decrease the quantity and improve the [...]

Will Big Data Save Our Water Resources?

Posted on September 21, 2015

Whether you consider it a buzzword or a panacea for the world’s problems, big data is a hot topic lately. Simply put, big data analytics combines massive computing power with the knowhow to collect, curate, integrate and analyze large swaths of complex information to make better-informed decisions. In [...]

Water, Food, and Our Climate

Posted on August 4, 2015
Written by Jon Fennell and Oksana Kielbasinski

Is California a harbinger of things to come?

It is obvious that the production of food requires a sufficient and reliable supply of quality water. Given the plentiful nature of this resource in some parts of the world like Canada, gaining access to fresh, potable water is less of an issue than in others. However, the availability of water is [...]

Idea Generator

Posted on August 4, 2015
Written by Josée Méthot

How to accelerate social innovation in the water sector.

Nowadays, buzzwords like “complexity,” “systems thinking,” and “resilience” come up frequently in watershed management discussions. This is good news, of course. Our shifting vocabularies reflect a growing recognition that watershed management requires systems-based and integrated approaches [...]

Tracking Data

Posted on July 20, 2015
Written by James Snider

Do you know how healthy your watershed is?

It’s a tough question to answer, even for those who work in freshwater. What indicators do you use to measure freshwater health? Even more, how have those indicators changed over time, and what’s causing these changes? Since 2011, WWF-Canada has been working with scientific advisors across the [...]

Moving Forward

Posted on July 13, 2015
Written by Sean Myers

University researchers work within municipal facilities to advance wastewater treatment technologies and knowledge.

Canada’s water is among the safest in the world. This level of assurance has been achieved through quality analysis, but there is much more to learn about what exactly is in our wastewater and how that may impact public health. Enter the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) research facility [...]

Raising the Bar

Posted on July 6, 2015
Written by Evelyn Allen and Deirdre Healey

State-of-the-art wastewater facilities help set a new standard for research and innovation.

One of the most significant barriers to the advancement of wastewater technologies has been accessing municipal wastewater treatment plants in order to test innovations in real-life scenarios. “Ten years ago, there wasn’t too much available as far as access,” said Linda Gowman, chief technology [...]

In-Pipe Hydropower

Posted on June 15, 2015
Written by Gregg Semler

The water-energy nexus provides ample opportunity for innovation.

Not a day goes by that we don’t read or hear something about energy, be it political, controversial, or aspirational. Everyone is thinking about where our energy comes from today and how we’ll be meeting our energy needs in the future. There’s a lot of talk—and investment—in energy innovation. [...]

Canada, In Brief 2015

Posted on June 5, 2015
Written by Lindsay Telfer, Laura Brandes, Oliver Brandes, Elizabeth Hendriks, Kirsten Earl McCorrister, Kerry Freek, Stephanie Merrill, Jennifer West, and Blair Carter

Your handy guide to the latest in provincial and territorial water policy.

Canada’s water challenges and the ways provinces and territories address those challenges can be so similar yet entirely unique. Each jurisdiction’s positions on issues of supply, conservation, and management will determine what regulations and policies are priorities. While it may be difficult to [...]
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