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Ottawa – A national increase in the value of building permits being issued in September was driven by higher construction intentions in Quebec, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.
Barcelona, Spain – Researchers of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group have developed an inexpensive, portable paper-based biosensor that can detect uranium in small enough quantities to ensure compliance with international drinking water standards. reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – The Ontario government is proposing to extend its moratorium on new or increasing permits to take ground water to produce bottled water for up to one year, to Jan. 1, 2020.
Ottawa – The Canadian government is asking for proposals from independent experts prepared to establish an arm's-length, policy-oriented organization focused on clean growth and climate change.
Campbell River, B.C. – The Strathcona Regional District on Vancouver Island is opposing a proposed water bottling operation north of nearby Courtenay, B.C. The SRD has publicly opposed the idea of commercial ground water extraction on principle and is asking the rest of the Island to join it in that stance. BC Local News reports. | READ MORE
Newark, NJ – Newark, N.J., is facing questions about its water supply after state testing found elevated lead levels in lead pipes connecting the city's reservoir to homes. Newark officials had previously insisted the water was safe. CBS News report. | READ MORE
Piapot First Nation, Sask. – Residents on Piapot First Nation in southern Saskatchewan are in need of a new water supply after the loss of a treatment plant in a fire that broke out late Monday night. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Saint John, N.B. – Two families are asking for the city of Saint John's help in dealing with water well issues they say arose from construction of the city's new Safe Clean Drinking Water plant, built under a public-private partnership. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Genome BC is funding research into the microbiome of the algae that causes red snow in hopes of understanding how this microbiome persists in this harsh environment and how it affects the larger ecosystem.
Toronto – Ontario is taking the first steps to modernize its skilled trades and apprenticeship system to make it easier for the province to keep up in training the skilled tradespeople it says will be demanded by the economy.
North Carolina – Contamination of private water wells in North Carolina has spiked in the aftermath of the storm whose flood waters spread raw sewage, farm animal waste and the overflow from septic systems across parts of the state, according to data from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The News & Observer reports. | READ MORE
Woodstock, Ont. – Oxford County council was set to make a formal request Wednesday to Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to delay a water-taking permit for quarry ponds it believes could negatively impact the water supply available from existing county municipal supply wells, private wells and the natural environment. The Woodstock Sentinel-Review reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act on Oct. 23, a reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act combined with legislation building on the Safe Drinking Water Act.
New research suggests Mars could hide enough oxygen in briny liquid water near its surface to support microbial life, opening up a wealth of potentially habitable regions across the entire planet. Scientific American reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Two Canadians have been recognized by the National Ground Water Association for their outstanding contributions to ground water research and accomplishments.

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