Water Issues

British Columbia – Veteran water well driller David Slade encourages B.C. farmers and ranchers who are well owners to have their wells licensed as a way to protect their rights and give regulators vital information about ground water mapping and use. Read his opinion piece in the Cowichan Valley Citizen. | READ MORE
Toronto – A new, free resource, Canada's Arctic Marine Atlas, provides an overview of how humans and wildlife are faring in this changing environment.
Reston, VA – Water use across the United States reached its lowest recorded level in 45 years in 2015, indicates a new report from the United States Geological Survey.
Nova Scotia – Rising oceans are having an impact on the Atlantic region, where government, scientists and others are working to track change and mitigate damage. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – In a letter report to the governments of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission makes five recommendations urging actions to keep flame retardants such as PBDE from entering the waters of the Great Lakes.
Waterloo, Ont. – The findings of an expert panel appointed to conduct a national review of contaminants in municipal wastewater are available in a new report, which will be presented to municipal water leaders at Blue Cities 2018.
Ottawa – The federal government shared the preliminary findings and recommendations of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to clean drinking water.
Sioux Falls, SD – Officials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are grappling with well shutdowns as the extent of the city's water contamination from decades of firefighting foam use remains unclear. The Argus Leaders reports. | READ MORE
Armenia, WI – Rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Hampshire are concerned about a growing water crisis tied to industrial farms and slack regulations that has tainted residential wells, and made water quality and contamination election-year issues. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – Within the area of Winnipeg now bounded by the Perimeter Highway, there were once 16 major streams and 20 small creeks or coulees that carried water when fed by heavy rains or spring melt. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Eastern Ontario – A hot summer with a lack of rain has taken its toll on water levels in eastern Ontario, prompting local authorities to urge some well users to conserve water. OttawaMatters.com reports. | READ MORE
Dartmouth, N.S. – A group of 55 high school and university students are nurturing Nova Scotia’s clean environment and economy this summer, thanks to a leadership program administered by the Clean Foundation in Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Tribune reports. | READ MORE
While British Columbia’s ground water industry was celebrating the new Water Sustainability Act, the announcement in March 2015 of proposed water rental rates – in force as of Feb. 29, 2016 – got members of the public hot under the collar.
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
July 17, 2015, Victoria, B.C. – The B.C. government announced plans this week to re-examine new legislation that would, for the first time, regulate ground water use in the province. Deborah Curran, the Hakai professor in environmental law and sustainability at the University of Victoria, spoke with The Globe and Mail about the issue this week. | READ MORE
Africa, Asia and the Middle East – Ten Turkish institutions have established 8,842 water wells around the world so far, according to the data obtained by Anadolu Agency. | READ MORE
Thrissur, India – A 36-foot-deep well with a radius of 4.5 metres that was once the only source of water for a city in India has been revived. India Live Today reports. | READ MORE
Colorado Springs, CO – A Christian organization is pursuing the key group it believes can play a major role in bringing two kinds of life-giving fresh water to those in need — millennials. ChristanNewsWire reports. | READ MORE

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