Industry News
Washington, D.C. – Compared to other sectors, water infrastructure jobs pay well, do not demand as much formal education and provide high levels of on-the-job training and the chance to develop transferable skills, according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
In the previous article (Ground Water Canada, Spring 2018), I summarized the experiences of the private well owners in rural Chatham-Kent, Ont. In this article, I will present the relevant data, sampling challenges and the provincial policies as they relate to well interference.
Ottawa – Urban and rural housing starts are trending up from a year ago, according to reports from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Calgary – Ground water flooding from the Elbow River – as opposed to river flooding overland – caused significant damage to Calgary homes during the disastrous June 2013 flood, University of Calgary researchers say. | READ MORE
Toronto, Ont. – Hydrogeologist Peter Gray has been given the award of merit from the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Marinette, WI – New ground water contamination has been found near Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin, involving a group of chemicals that is raising concerns nationally about their effects on human health. The Journal Sentinel reports. | READ MORE
Steinbach, Man. – A spokesperson for Friesen Drillers in Steinbach, Man., says there could be a few reasons why one home in New Bothwell is suddenly unable to draw water from their well. Engineer Jeff Bell says it could be a coincidence that this is happening shortly after the town of Niverville started using its new water system. SteinbachOnline.com reports. | READ MORE
Osgoode, Ont. – The city-owned Springhill landfill in Osgoode, Ont., has been leaching garbage sludge into the ground water, and has cost the city millions of dollars as a result of a bad deal signed with a private company, the auditor general said Thursday. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory – The governments of Canada and Yukon will provide more than $2 million collectively to fund upgrades to the Watson Lake lagoon in the Yukon Territory under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
La Ronge, Sask. – The Town of La Ronge, Sask., is seeking legal advice after Transport Canada sent a letter denying any responsibility for ground water contamination through per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at its airport. La Ronge Now reports. | READ MORE
Basel, Switzerland – Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties, suggests new research from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg, Germany.
Harrietsfield, N.S. – After years of residents in Harrietsfield, N.S., pleading for clean drinking water, the Nova Scotia government has finally signed off on an order that will allow for a site assessment to determine the level of contamination at a former construction and demolition site. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Manitoba, North Dakota – Canadian and U.S. officials are negotiating an end to a 16-year legal battle over a Missouri River water project in North Dakota, though the state of Missouri also has a stake and isn't part of the discussions. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ann Arbor, MI – The Great Lakes Commission has launched ErieStat, a website that tracks progress toward the Canada-U.S. shared goal of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 per cent, and reports how much of the nutrient is entering the lake from select rivers.
Toronto – Water experts from around the world will gather in Toronto from June 17-20 to discuss water security at Elsevier’s First International Conference on Water Security. University of Waterloo’s professors will be delivering keynotes at the conference.
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