Sustainability
Shelburne, N.S. – An offer from a celebrity activist to pay to have a community water well drilled is giving rise to discussions and debate in a small town in Nova Scotia. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Princeton, NJ – A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to indicate solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in ground water sustainability. The researchers show that increased solar and wind energy can reduce the reliance on hydropower, especially during drought, thereby reducing overall ground water abstraction. Science Daily reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – A new paper from the University of Victoria investigates the many possibilities associated with Water Sustainability Plans, enabled by British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act, to address water challenges and promote sustainability.
Kelowna, B.C. – A group of First Nations in British Columbia are launching a co-ordinated campaign to confirm First Nations’ right to safe drinking water.
Berkeley County, SC – Google's data centre in Berkeley County, S.C., needed more water for cooling, and South Carolina just granted permission for the search giant to pump up to 549 million gallons of ground water every year to cover that need. PC reports. | READ MORE
Gimli, Man. – A wetland property along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg in the Rural Municipality of Gimli is the latest to be purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Ottawa – Carleton University researchers have received more than $200,000 in combined funding for work that will help prevent the contamination of ground water and improve the healthy behaviour of Canadians.
Washington, DC – The World Resources Institute's updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas finds that 17 countries, which are home to a quarter of the world’s population, face “extremely high” water stress.
Santa Barbara, CA – A new study published in the journal Nature and Sustainability finds water wells are being drilled deeper and deeper since the 1950s and that the practice is an unsustainable stopgap to ground water depletion. UC Santa Barbara's The Current reports. | READ MORE
Water re-allocation projects are political but should be backed up by rigorous evidence in order to negotiate the trade-offs for cities and rural areas, suggests a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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.
New Brunswick – According to some scientists and conservationists, tree-shorn areas in New Brunswick contributed to the record flooding along the St. John River this spring and may be affecting ground water there and in other areas of Canada. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Carpinteria, CA – Carpinteria Valley Water District in California is poised to vote on whether to conduct environmental studies on a project that would take wastewater treated at Carpinteria Sanitary District and pump it into the valley's ground water basin. CoastalView.com reports. | READ MORE
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