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Northern Alberta and British Columbia – Cenovus has added more of its southern Alberta range to a sale inventory as it transitions toward oilsands production and new conventional assets in northern Alberta and B.C. It is also re-evaluating a drilling program in the region that was to involve 50 horizontal and 60 deep water wells. Medicine Hat News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative reaffirmed their commitment to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and pursuing UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin at their annual meeting and conference.
Canon City, CO – State and federal health officials have weighed in on a plan Cotter Corp. officials have to pilot-test the use of mulch for a ground water cleanup program that could effectively remove uranium and molybdenum from water at the now-defunct uranium mill south of Canon City. The Pueblo Chieftain reports. | READ MORE
Wageningen, The Netherlands – A recent study out of the Netherlands puts forth a new factor for judging the flammability of forests: ground water. The Pacific Standard reports. | READ MORE
Regina  – The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recently announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout Saskatchewan.
Port Stanley, Ont. – What was supposed to be a three-week sewer build in Port Stanley, Ont., might be closer to three months. Fuel-tainted ground water, discovered on a work site west of the lift bridge in late April, is the reason the Municipality of Central Elgin’s $1.8-million project has been stopped in its tracks. The St. Thomas Times-Journal reports. | READ MORE
Oxnard, Calif. – California’s first formal, centralized market for individual landowners to buy and sell groundwater has been launched on the Oxnard Plain, and the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1.9 million grant to expand the pilot project later this year. Farm Journal's AgPro reports. | READ MORE
Kamloops, B.C. – A technical peer review of KGHM’s application for its Ajax copper and gold mine proposed for south of Kamloops cites concerns about water quality and long-term risk to human health due to increased concentrations of arsenic. Kamloops This Week reports. | READ MORE
Flint, MI – The head of the Michigan health department was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, the highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The first national assessment of Canada's freshwater resources has found significant evidence of disruption to watersheds as a result of human activities and a deficiency of data in more than half of those watersheds.
As water-well drillers you have become very good at answering questions from well owners, friends, neighbours and the general public.
Ottawa – Canada's federal and provincial governments have created a National Advisory Panel on biodiversity with the goal to protect at least 17 per cent of our country's land and freshwater through a network of parks, protected and conserved areas, and other conservation measures by 2020.
Montreal – According to a survey by FluksAqua, a free water and wastewater utility forum, Canadians were surprisingly unconcerned when asked about water and how vital it is to their everyday lives.
Toronto – Ontario will be charging water bottling companies an additional $500 fee to take ground water.
Ottawa – The trend in housing starts was up slightly to 214,621 units in May 2017, compared to 213,435 units in April 2017, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
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