Surface Water
Dec. 4, 2017, Toronto – On Dec. 1, the minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, announced Canada will invest $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, which is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection, in the 2017 budget.
Halifax – Lakes damaged by acid rain are coming back to life in Nova Scotia faster than anyone expected, and the recovery has added expenses for Halifax Water. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Westville, OH – As attention has recently been focused on the devastation from the recent hurricanes – and how best to deal with flooded water wells – the National Ground Water Association also wants to alert those in the northwestern parts of the United States being affected by rampant wildfires that there are precautions they should take regarding their well systems.
New Minas, N.S. – The Village of New Minas, N.S., plans to put in place protection for its water supply in the event of flooding from extreme storms like those that have hit the U.S. recently. The Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Niagara Region, Ont. – Researchers studying fish from the Niagara River have found that human antidepressants and remnants of these drugs are building up in the fishes' brains. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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
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