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St. John's – Memorial University is retesting water in two buildings that had previously been given the all-clear, after a private St. John's laboratory gathered samples and did its own testing at MUN that it says raised concerns. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – The Manitoba government is increasing funding to local watershed-based organizations to strengthen surface water management and help restore the health of Lake Winnipeg, the Province said in a news release.
Los Angeles – Ninety-six million reflective black balls were released into an LA reservoir in an effort to help keep the water from contamination and slow evaporation. America TV News reports.
What role can and does the Canadian ground water industry play in protecting a resource that has become a hot topic worldwide?
Toronto – Ontario has approved two plans to protect sources of drinking water in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Calgary – Calgary’s city council secretly approved the $36.9-million purchase of contaminated land despite expert reports that warned the extent of the pollution and potential cleanup costs needed further investigation. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Edmonton – The Alberta Energy Regulator is curtailing withdrawals from the Athabasca River and other water bodies by oil and gas operators because of low flows. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
San Joaquin Valley, CA – Parts of California's San Joaquin Valley are dropping by one foot each year as farmers pump ground water to keep crops alive in drought conditions. CBS News reports. | READ MORE
San Juan County, NM – New Mexico environmental officials are offering to test private domestic wells in the wake of a three-million gallon spill last week in southwest Colorado of mine wastewater into the Animas River. The Denver Post reports. | READ MORE
Davis, CA – A University of California Davis study suggests the state was able to trim per capita water consumption by 10 per cent over a decade using watering restrictions and public policy. It also indicates Canada's price of water is among the lowest in the world and its consumption is among the highest, The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Issues of flooding and water quality are made more complex by a shared water supply from the Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer, which straddles the border, write members of the Ag Water Board and Watershed Improvement Districts for The Bellingham Herald. | READ MORE
July 29, 2015, Montreal – A new study says drinking water in parts of southern Ontario contains traces of several illegal drugs — including cocaine, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, B.C. – Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, making it one of world's largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 22, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. – Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions has released its 2015 deephole drilling reference book, titled Deephole Drilling in the Waterwell, Oil & Gas, Geothermal and Exploration Markets.
June 12, 2015, Wichita Falls, TX – Back when much of Texoma was engulfed in a drought, private water wells were in demand. But now the drought is over, well-drilling businesses are beginning to see a drought of their own. Texomas reports. | READ MORE
June 7, 2015, Washington, DC – Both sides of the contentious fracking debate in Canada are claiming vindication from a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Toronto Sun reports. | READ MORE
June 2, 2015, Lloydminster, Sask. – Dentist Nekky Jamal has started an initiative called Quench to build wells in parts of the world, such as Nicaragua, that are in dire need of clean water. The Meridian Booster reports. | READ MORE
As I get to visit with people around the country on my Just the Fracks book tour, I am learning a lot about what people think and know about energy and hydraulic fracturing.
March 20, 2015, Northern Quebec – Commerce Resources have completed seven holes of a spring/summer program at the Ashram rare earths deposit in northern Quebec. The company says it hopes to upgrade the existing resource and finish geomechanical and hydrogeological work for a pre-feasibility study, Resource Clips reports. | READ MORE
March 17, 2015, California – As California farms and cities drill deeper for ground water in an era of drought and climate change, they are pumping water that fell to Earth during the ice age, Mother Jones reports. | READ MORE
March 4, 2015, Washington – FracFocus, the U.S. system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, which operates in five Canadian provinces, is undergoing several improvements.
Jan. 29, 2015, Montreal – The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta's oilsands. | READ MORE
Jan. 20, 2015, Whitehorse, Yukon – After months of public consultations throughout the territory, the Yukon Legislature's select committee on hydraulic fracturing could not agree on whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in the territory. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 23, 2014, Quebec City – Quebec, New York and New Brunswick have all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely, reports The Independent. | READ MORE In what some are calling the possible tipping point to a domino effect, Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely and expressing concerns about public health, water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and the oil and gas industry’s lack of a social license to frack. - See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2014/12/20/fracking-moratoria-could-cause-domino-effect-in-north-america-including-nl/#sthash.vF7LcuDq.dpuf In what some are calling the possible tipping point to a domino effect, Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely and expressing concerns about public health, water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and the oil and gas industry’s lack of a social license to frack. - See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2014/12/20/fracking-moratoria-could-cause-domino-effect-in-north-america-including-nl/#sthash.vF7LcuDq.dpuf
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association has released new guidelines on the impact of hydrogeology on large-scale geothermal heat pump systems that provide details on site and hydrogeologic considerations and site constraints.
Aug. 10, 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand – The local council is weighing up how to contain the geothermal bore that burst into life in central Rotorua yesterday. OneNewsNow reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 7, 2015, Sydney, N.S. – Cape Breton University's Verschuren Centre is partnering with the Cumberland Energy Authority on a geothermal study relating to the former Springhill mine, The Cape-Breton Post reports. | READ MORE
July 23, 2015, Albany, NY – Although the high cost and the lengthy time required to complete geothermal exploration can hinder the growth of the market, ample opportunities exist as demand for electricity rises rapidly, says a recent report.
July 6, 2015, Calgary – A growing number of experts say the time may be right for geothermal to assume a higher profile, especially in oil-rich Alberta, as governments begin to introduce carbon taxes and other fees on large carbon-emitting facilities. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 19, 2015, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The City of Grande Prairie, Alta., voted unanimously to participate in a renewable energy project that involves building geothermal reservoir models, the Daily Herald-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
June 12, 2015, Calgary – A geothermal pilot project is designed to show that it's possible to generate geothermal electricity from the boiling water that comes out of oil wells. CTV News reports. | READ MORE  
April 20, 2015, Melbourne – The International Renewable Energy Agency and the European Space Agency have created an online tool that consists of a series of new and freely available gravity anomaly maps to gauge geothermal potentials around the world. Renewable Energy Magazine reports. | READ MORE
April 10, 2015, New York – The heat energy generated by the earth’s core can be used for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries, says a new report from the United Nations agricultural agency.
March 20, 2015, Treaty One Territory, Man. – The communities of Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation have reached an agreement with Aki Energy and Manitoba Hydro to retrofit community homes to geothermal energy and create local jobs for community people.
March 16, 2015, Atlanta – New research suggests that using geothermal heat pumps is the best solution when it comes to the energy performance of heating and cooling systems, Sourceable reports. | READ MORE New research suggests that using geothermal heat pumps (GHP) is the best solution when it comes to the energy performance of heating and cooling systems. - See more at: http://sourceable.net/new-research-geothermal-outperforms-vrf/#sthash.jLRg0vDU.dpuf New research suggests that using geothermal heat pumps (GHP) is the best solution when it comes to the energy performance of heating and cooling systems. - See more at: http://sourceable.net/new-research-geothermal-outperforms-vrf/#sthash.jLRg0vDU.dpuf New research suggests that using geothermal heat pumps (GHP) is the best solution when it comes to the energy performance of heating and cooling systems. - See more at: http://sourceable.net/new-research-geothermal-outperforms-vrf/#sthash.jLRg0vDU.dpuf
March 10, 2015, Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon government will work with the Yukon Geological Survey and the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association to develop maps and reports that will identify sources of renewable energy.
Jerusalem, Israel – An Israeli startup is developing a sensor that measures a plant's actual thirst with the goal of making irrigation more effective and helping preserve ground water. Haaretz reports. | READ MORE
Oakland, CA – A new study from the Pacific Institute has found that even as California undergoes an extreme drought, agricultural output is at a record level, Fusion reports. | READ MORE
Vaughan, Ont. – The Ontario Water Works Association will host a workshop to help ground water stakeholders make smarter choices for ground water systems through energy management; reclaiming or stretching existing infrastructure; or right-sizing the infrastructure at ground water facilities.
I like to compare maintaining a water well to owning a vehicle. My first car was a Honda Accord. At 16 years old, the last thing I wanted to do was spend money on maintenance. I skipped changing the oil; I never considered that the many filters in the car needed to be replaced.
Water well drillers familiar with the contaminated water outbreak situation in Walkerton, Ont., will remember that issues with improper sampling for bacteria in the water supply were part of the problem.  
Simcoe, Ont. – Unmanned aerial vehicles and systems, or drones, promise to create countless economic benefits for such industries as firefighting, heavy construction, forestry, groundwater mapping, security, agriculture, law enforcement and real estate. Helicopters magazine will present a webinar detailing their potential. | READ MORE
Durham, NC – A researcher at the University of Durham has found intriguing links between helium deposits, natural gas and ground water. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 5, 2015, Davis, CA – University of California-Davis researchers propose flooding some farm fields during rainy winter months to replenish groundwater supplies that have been depleted because of the drought. Capital Press reports. | READ MORE
July 29, 2015, Iqaluit, Nunavut – The city of Iqaluit has identified the Apex River as the best choice for a secondary drinking water supply. However, researchers from Ontario's Queen's University say more data is needed before tapping into this water source to prevent depleting the supply. CBC News reports. | READ MORE  
July 27, 2015, Vancouver – As Vancouver increasingly relies on an underground aquifer to provide water in the midst of this summer’s drought, one hydrology expert is cautioning that we don’t know enough about how readily it can be replenished. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
July 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT – The results of a new study published in the journal Science help explain what happens to water that does not run off into the ocean, the National Science Foundation reports. | READ MORE
July 17, 2015, Manitou, MB – The federal and provincial governments will provide $1,432,214 for improvements to Manitoba's South Central District Water Co-op.
The TR-71nw supports automated, error-free data collection, remote monitoring and alerting with a simple Ethernet LAN connection.
July 14, 2015 – July 14, 2015 – Designed for rugged field use, the reversible-flow Solinst Peristaltic Pump is intended for water or vapour sampling from shallow wells and surface water.
June 25, 2015 – In-Situ has launched HydroVu, a website for remote water monitoring that is designed to provide decision-quality data.
  May 26, 2015 – Koch Membrane Systems has a new Puron MP hollow-fibre ultrafiltration cartridge designed for high-solids water and wastewater applications, including surface water treatment, reverse osmosis pretreatment, and tertiary wastewater treatment.
May 18, 2015 – Scalewatcher North America has a range of environmentally friendly units designed to combat the effects of hard water limescale without the use of chemicals or salt.
May 12, 2015 – The new MC-100 is a research-grade, cost-effective, optical meter that combines the features of the Opti-Sciences CCM 200 Plus with the ability to output a direct measure of chlorophyll in units of micromols of chlorophyll per square metre of leaf surface.
May 8, 2015 – Franklin Electric’s Inline 400 pressure-boosting system is designed to provide a compact and economical way to improve water pressure. The Inline 400 couples the Franklin Electric pump and motor with flow-based controls to provide a typical water-pressure boost of up to 40 psi, depending on the application’s need.
  April 13, 2015 – The Model 101 P7 water level meter, manufactured by Solinst, has been designed with accuracy and portability in mind.
April 8, 2015 – With the help of Dow Chemical, Sullair is producing and marketing an improved Sullube lubricant for its line of air compressors that can last up to 10,000 hours.
Jan. 19, 2015, Livingston, TX – Lone Star Drills has four heavy-duty bit options keep rigs boring in through different soil types and geotechnical and geothermal applications.
  Jan. 15, 2015 – Aalborg Instruments’ mass flow GFM meters and GFC controllers, designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates, now include upgraded features to enhance performance without affecting cost.
Jan. 12, 2015 – Bottle Bright tablets are designed to eradicate stubborn stains, built-up gunk, and unappetizing odours from hard-to-reach areas in bottles, travel mugs and drink dispensers and other receptacles.
Simcoe, Ont. – The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past five years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean-energy initiatives and the economy – they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
Calgary – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year – 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production – and other industries are picking up the slack. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Whether it was a lively round of golf, a 45-minute hike to a University of Guelph research site or a relaxed casino night, members of the Ontario Ground Water Association were game.
Working in the family’s well drilling business was something Darrell Carson always talked about, but his career path made a few twists and turns before that became a reality.
It’s so easy to deal with the fires, isn’t it? And by easy I mean not easy but straightforward.
Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking for feedback through a survey on pilot testing of its new Health and Safety Checklist by Sept. 6, 2015.
Victoria – The B.C. government is seeking input from the public on the proposed regulations and policies relating to the Water Sustainability Act until Sept. 8. READ MORE
Aug. 4, 2015, Toronto – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested the federal government's budget is going to be tight for the next two years, adding that a tax credit he's promising if re-elected wouldn't be implemented until mid-way into that mandate. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 30, 2015, St. John's – The St. John's market has been holding steady during the recent economic slip due to oil's price tumble, and first time home-buyers are leading the charge, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 23, 2015, Westerville, OH –  The National Ground Water Association has announced recipients of its 2015 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Award, and Divisional Award.
July 10, 2015, Charlottetown – The government of Prince Edward Island is inviting all Islanders to participate in the creation of legislation to protect water quality and quantity now and into the future.
July 2, 2015, Canada – Last year saw the introduction of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), a new law aimed at reducing, if not completely eradicating, spam from Canadians’ inboxes. Now one year later, where do we stand? The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE

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