Environment
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
Cavendish, P.E.I. – If it wasn’t for a single rainfall event, Robert K. Irving, the president of Cavendish Farms, says the 2017 potato growing season could have been a disaster. Irving is touting the use of supplemental irrigation when rainfall isn’t enough. The Charlottetown Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing more than $594 million over the next decade in shared funding for infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The federal government is providing a total of over $445 million, up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures. The projects supported through this agreement will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners, according to a news release by Infrastructure Canada. This higher cost share takes into consideration the unique challenges faced by the territories. Indigenous recipients can use additional federal funding from other sources to a maximum federal contribution of 100 per cent on projects, the release said.Among the funding is $207,065,850 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; increased access to potable water; increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants; increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water; increased structural and natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events. The territorial government, municipalities, First Nations and other partners will contribute $69,021,950 in funding.
Guelph, Ont. – Canadian-based environmental protection and remediation company Current Water Technologies, Inc., has received a contract to install and demonstrate its patented ammonia treatment system, which is designed to work under adverse site conditions such as near freezing wastewater, at an active Canadian mining site. Global Mining Review reports. | READ MORE
British Columbia – A team of scientists will review the impact hydraulic fracturing has on water and air safety in B.C., as well as the industry's connection to earthquakes in the northeast of the province. A report is expected by the end of 2018. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 4, 2018, Cape Town - Ground water has become the unspoken fallback for Capetonians as Day Zero draws near. However, even borehole and well-point water has a finite supply and limitations, and exhausting this supply could have devastating consequences for the environment. IOL reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 28, 2017, Hyannis, MA – Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, says an attorney for the town of Barnstable, Mass. Cape Cod Times reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – A longtime lawyer for landowners is warning something needs to change or else Albertans could be stuck with an $8-billion environmental cleanup of abandoned oil wells. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Ground water may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new Canadian-led research. Science Daily reports. | READ MORE
Saint John, N.B. – A special underground wall installed on a contaminated Canada Post property is working to prevent the spread of toxic creosote through ground water into Saint John's Marsh Creek, according to an environmental study. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Dalex Canada of Concord, Ont., pleaded guilty and was fined $100,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice to one count of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release.
Pictou County, N.S. – Researchers are looking for homeowners in several Pictou County communities to participate in a study that will measure methane emissions through atmospheric, ground water and soil gas testing in areas close to historically developed coal mines. The New Glasgow News reports. | READ MORE
Chester, N.S. – Wells are running dry in the village of Chester, N.S., again this summer and some residents believe it's time for a municipal water system. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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