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Alberta Announces Flood Mitigation Grants

Posted on April 9, 2015
The Government of Alberta recently issued a release outlining its extensive province-wide flood mitigation measures. In particular, the government announced a first round of Alberta Community Resilience Program grants, which will support 21 projects in 16 municipalities, including the erection of flood barriers, water management infrastructure upgrades, dry pond construction and expansion, and increasing erosion control along vulnerable riverbanks. “Local water projects provide a critical, additional line of defense against rising flood waters and support ongoing stewardship efforts to mitigate drought effects,” said Environment [...]

New Water Research Funding Competition Open

Posted on April 8, 2015
The Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN), a SSHRC-funded partnership research network housed at Brock University, is announcing an open competition for new research projects. The overarching goal of WEPGN is to build knowledge and facilitate exchange between social science researchers and partners. It aims to increase the application of research to decision-making and enhance water's sustainable contribution to Canada's economy and society while protecting ecosystems. WEPGN launched with its Phase I of research projects in 2012, and with the launch of its Phase II funding competition, proposals from SSHRC eligible [...]

Fleming College and Trent University Receive Federal Research Funding

Posted on April 8, 2015
Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) and Trent University will receive federal research funding through a College-University Idea to Innovation grant, part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. The two institutions will jointly receive $749,820 over three years for research of Euglena as a wastewater management solution. Peterborough’s Noble Purification Inc., a water filtration company based at Trent University, has shown that Euglena, a type of algae, can absorb contaminants from wastewater. Researchers from Trent [...]

Northwest Territories Propose New Filing Requirements for Fracking Companies

Posted on April 2, 2015
On April 1, the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) announced new regulations setting out the filing requirements for companies intending to pursue hydraulic fracturing operations in the territory. Under the new requirements, industry must meet additional guidelines related to baseline surface and groundwater information, public disclosure, air quality, and enhanced reporting. Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters “These enhancements are part of a made-in-the-NWT approach that balances our commitment to protecting NWT lands, water, and wildlife with resource and economic development that can provide opportunities and self-sufficiency [...]

Federal Government Contributes to Flood Mitigation Efforts in New Brunswick

Posted on April 2, 2015
The federal government will contribute $1.7 million toward a proactive emergency response to potential spring flooding in eight at-risk New Brunswick First Nations after record snowfall this winter. In addition to the larger than normal snowpack on the ground, the snow possesses a higher than normal water content this year, making for an additionally dangerous potential snowmelt. Crews are currently at work removing large amounts of snow from areas surrounding houses and key infrastructure at Elsipogtog, Buctouche, Indian Island Esgenoopetitj, Eel Ground, Eel River Bar, Tobique, and Metepenagiag First Nations. The snow is being [...]

B.C. Announces Invasive Species Defence Measures

Posted on April 2, 2015
The Province of British Columbia announced on March 31 measures to improve its resistance to invasive mussels with a $1.3-million investment in early detection and rapid response. Thus far, the province has not encountered any instances of invasive species infiltration, and it hopes the newly announced program will further bolster its defences against species like quagga and zebra mussels. A cluster of zebra mussels. Credit: D. Jude, Univ. of Michigan. The new program includes three mobile decontamination units; six trained auxiliary conservation officers; province-wide highway signage; expanded zebra and quagga mussel monitoring; [...]

Water Treatment Plant Promises Clean, Fresh Water for Moosomin First Nation

Posted on April 1, 2015
Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. On March 30, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt congratulated the community of Moosomin First Nation on the opening of their new water treatment plant. As a more efficient, less costly system, the new water treatment plant increases capacity to both meet the growing needs of the residents of Moosomin First Nation as well as to provide required fire-flow volumes for fire protection. The system also includes a built-in back-up power supply for water distribution and fire protection during power outages. "Congratulations to the leadership and residents [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Honours Drinking Water Operators

Posted on March 27, 2015
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation recognized the work of municipal drinking water system operators at its annual Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop, which took place this year in Gander from March 24 to 26. Marvin Bull of the Town of Eastport received the Operator of the Year Award and Victor Keats from the Local Service District of Phillips Head received the Volunteer Operator of the Year Award. These awards are presented annually to operators who display professionalism, dedication, and outstanding contributions to providing clean and safe drinking water in their town [...]

EPCOR to Purchase Arizona Water Company

Posted on March 27, 2015
Epcor Water (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of the City of Edmonton-owned utility EPCOR, has reached an agreement to purchase the assets and operations of Arizona’s Willow Valley Water Company from GWR Global Water Resources Corp. for approximately $2.5 million. Willow Valley is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Arizona, and the Willow Valley Water Company provides service to around 1,600 customers. “We took ownership of Willow as part of our purchase of utilities in western Maricopa County,” said Ron Fleming, the president and CEO of Global Water. “However, Willow is located hundreds of miles away in Mohave County [...]

Federal Government Invests in Canadian Wastewater Treatment Technology

Posted on March 27, 2015
On March 27, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Minister Gary Goodyear, along with MP David Sweet, announced a $10-million repayable contribution to Hamilton-based Fibracast, through FedDev Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF). Fibracast is a manufacturer of advanced membrane technologies used in water treatment, and the government’s investment is intended to strengthen the water management infrastructure cluster and grow the clean-tech industrial base in Ontario. "The funding from FedDev Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Fund is of great support to Fibracast as we enter a new, key [...]

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