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Ottawa – The University of Saskatchewan and Natural Resources Canada signed a five-year memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening Canada's commitment to managing its freshwater resources in a time of rapid climate change.
Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate moved quickly to pass a five-year reauthorization of Farm Bill programs. Contained within the legislation is an NGWA-backed provision to greatly expand the authorization for a program supporting assistance for household water wells. National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Health Canada is asking for comments from the public on three guidance documents for drinking water in Canada. Deadlines are in January and February.
Las Vegas, NV – Newly elected NGWA president Scott King, a Canadian hydrogeologist and the association’s first president to come from the Scientists and Engineers Section, was sworn in during the delegates meeting during Groundwater Week. National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
St. Albert, Alta. – University of Alberta forestry researchers are studying the Grey Nuns White Spruce Park this winter to see if land-use changes are killing off the park’s white spruce trees. The St. Albert Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Smiths Falls, Ont. – Two years after fire destroyed a flea market near Smiths Falls, Ont., toxic chemicals from the foam firefighters used to douse the flames have appeared in the well water of homes half a kilometre away. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ontario – Environmentalists warn that legislation introduced by the Ontario government would allow for development inside the province’s vast Greenbelt – despite an explicit election promise from Premier Doug Ford to leave the protected lands alone. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Clearwater, B.C. – A massive, unexplored cave has been discovered in a remote valley in B.C.’s Wells Gray Provincial Park. Geologists who surveyed the cave said it is the largest known of its type, a variety of "striped karst." Global News reports. | READ MORE
Las Vegas, NV – Groundwater Week is where some 5,000 water well drillers, pump installers, water treatment specialists, scientists, researchers, manufacturers and suppliers came together for a unique opportunity to learn about their own and other facets of the industry, scope out new products and compare notes with their peers.
Las Vegas, NV – Canadian attendees of the National Ground Water Association's Groundwater Week are invited to meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, to explore the next steps in creating the Canadian National Ground Water Association.
FREDERICTON — The potential for New Brunswick's new Conservative government to partially lift a province-wide moratorium on fracking for natural gas should be known within days. Many people are concerned that fracking could have an impact on ground water supplies. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald/Canadian Press reports. | READ MORE
British Columbia – Long-awaited funding from senior governments has come through, giving the green light to a new drinking water treatment plant in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Record reports. | READ MORE
Canada – To encourage more Canadians to test for radon and mitigate their homes, two associations have made available educational materials and announced a sweepstakes to award rebates on the cost of the radon reduction.
Pasadena, N.L. – The Town of Pasadena in Newfoundland and Labrador is taking steps to address concerns about the quality of its drinking water, as the community grapples with levels of trihalomethanes, or THMs, that well exceed Health Canada's guidelines. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A delegation of Simcoe County, Ont., residents recently met with members of provincial parliament to press their case for the urgent need for meaningful protection of the pure water that springs from the Simcoe Uplands Moraine in Tiny Township.

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