Surface Water
Toronto – Settling basins in the historic R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto are currently undergoing a multi-year, $22-million rehabilitation project – the first upgrade some have seen in more than 50 years. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Alberta and Northwest Territories – The United Nations World Heritage Committee is calling on Canada to implement an action plan to address environmental and water quality concerns at Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – There have been more than 1,000 hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta since January. But finding out what's happening in any region of the province, and assessing its potential impact on ground water, is next to impossible. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health has received an unprecedented number of water samples from residents to test wells affected by the devastating floods earlier this month. Of more than 800 samples sent to health department in early May, almost 1 in 10 was deemed unsafe. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario – Residents of western Quebec and parts of Ontario are bracing for a deluge of rain that could make flooding worse, and the storm system responsible for the wet conditions is expected to reach New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Friday night, Environment Canada says. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – Researchers in Guelph, Ont., an hour’s drive west of Toronto, are hoping to mine the money out of sewage with a new technology that maximizes anaerobic digestion at wastewater treatment plants. Canadian Biomass reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Drinking water testing, commissioned by Environmental Defence and Équiterre found levels of atrazine, a harmful pesticide linked to hormone disruption in humans, fish and frogs, in Montreal and Toronto’s public distribution systems. Environmental groups Environmental Defence and Equiterre are urging the federal health minister to ban atrazine because of concerns over human health and the environment.
Vancouver – After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver's $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River.
Oroville, CA – Almost overnight, the Oroville Dam in California gained worldwide attention when authorities evacuated nearby towns, affecting almost 200,000 people, over fears that the emergency spillway was in danger of failing. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ann Arbor, MI – Lake Erie researchers working to fight harmful algal blooms now have a new tool to safeguard drinking water. The advanced sampler has been called a “lab in a can” for its ability to sample microcystins, the most common algal toxin these days, in almost real time. Environmental Monitor reports. | READ MORE
Okotoks, Alta. – Okotoks is renewing its call for government funding to help build a new 16-kilometre pipeline to transport drinking water from Calgary, as the town's mayor says a future water shortage could turn the taps off on construction growth. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – A University of Alberta study suggests the current recommendation to remove both nitrogen and phosphorus to reduce algal blooms in lakes is no more effective than removing just phosphorus.
Waterloo – Researchers behind a new report into the preparedness of Ontario communities to handle severe flooding are calling for Public Safety Canada to increase funding and provide enforceable standards for flood risk management in Canada.  
Waukesha, Wis. – A Wisconsin city's fight to be allowed to draw water from Lake Michigan could set a precedent for Ohio communities that may one day need to make similar requests. The Blade reports. | READ MORE
Washington – The U.S. House has passed legislation that moves to phase out the use of tiny synthetic particles known as microbeads, which it says can pose an environmental threat to the Great Lakes and other waterways. The Detroit Free Press reports. | READ MORE
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