Oregon State University

Interesting presentation from Robert T. Lackey, take home message #2: Clashing policy preferences (values) - not science - are typically at the core of policy debates. Click here to see the presentation

CBC News

The report, which is current to the end of 2015, looked at issues such as sediment-laden runoff, nitrate loads and anoxic events. Click here to continue reading

Wetaskiwin Times

Millet’s connection to Edmonton’s water supply has been delayed — again. “They’re having some issues in Leduc so they’re looking at the end of February,” said Millet’s Chief Administrative Officer Teri Pelletier. Click here to continue reading

Chronicle Herald

David Brooks, the first director of Canada’s Office of Energy Conservation, told me, in 1976, “Water will be our next world crisis, after the oil crisis.” The reason? Large scale industrial pollution, drought from climate change, acid rain, increasing global temperatures and the wasteful practices of watering lawns, flushing toilets and washing cars with precious treated drinking water. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Flint’s lead levels are again comparable to other U.S. cities, state officials told Associated Press ahead of an official announcement. Click here to continue reading

Rocky View Weekly

Rocky View County (RVC) will consider a future expansion of the Langdon Wastewater Treatment Plant, after council passed a resolution to consider upgrades to the plant once capacity reaches 70 per cent. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Europe’s Atlantic-facing countries will suffer heavier rainfalls, greater flood risk, more severe storm damage and an increase in “multiple climatic hazards”, according to the most comprehensive study of Europe’s vulnerability to climate change yet. Click here to continue reading

Metro Edmonton

There may be few nice things to say about winter in Canada, but Edmontonians have flooded social media with pictures of hoarfrost – small ice crystals that form on vegetation and give the city that winter wonderland feel. Click here to continue reading

Calgary Herald

Research has found that liquids released from fracked oil and gas wells can harm fish even at low concentrations. “When we put these frack fluids in, the fluids themselves generate chemicals that have detrimental biological effects,” said University of Alberta biologist Greg Goss. Click here to continue reading

Canadian Water Network

Collaborative approaches, created by government to generate policy and program recommendations for drought management, can provide a local view on drought challenges and a balanced viewpoint that includes all voices affected by decisions. An example of this type of collaborative relationship is Ontario Low Water Response and Water Response Teams. Click here to continue reading

Barrie Examiner

Next year Barrie will begin spending $60 million to cut the level of phosphorus entering Lake Simcoe from the wastewater treatment plant. Click here to continue reading

The Globe and Mail

The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenged filed by two British Columbia First Nations that argued the $8.8-billion Site C dam project violated their treaty rights. Click here to continue reading

Nanton News

The recreational use of the Westview wet pond, located just east of the Nanton water treatment plant, was reviewed by council on Monday, Jan. 16. The Westview wet pond is occasionally used by residents during the winter to skate on, which council was not too keen on. Click here to continue reading

St Thomas Weekly News

A startup that has developed artificial intelligence to better manage city water systems is among 10 companies from around the world admitted to a San Francisco accelerator focused on turning drought, leaky pipes and pollution into business opportunities. Click here to continue reading

Lethbridge Herald

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is excited for its new proposed Water Charter 2017 which is targeted to benefit the southwest part of the province. Anna Garleff, communications specialist for the OWC, says this water charter is important because it is a formal confirmation from both citizens and their municipal leaders they are not only standing behind watershed protection on a theoretical level, but people throughout the Oldman Watershed now recognize there is a heightened sense of urgency and people are ready to act. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves. It said authorities have imposed restrictions on 65 more courses. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Many Canadian homeowners may be misinformed about whether they'll get federal compensation for basements flooded due to severe weather, a newly released survey suggests. Click here to continue reading

Washington Post

“Changes in snow and ice are going to strongly influence the stability of snow on a slope and the possibility of an avalanche,” Tad Pfeffer, a glaciologist with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told Al Jazeera. “People will get in trouble if they rely on what they knew in the past. They have to have their eyes open and not go somewhere or do something simply because it worked out five years earlier.” Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Days of heavy snowfall had knocked out electricity and phone lines in many central Italian towns and hamlets, and the hotel phones went down early Wednesday, just as the first of four powerful earthquakes struck the region. Click here to continue reading

Huffington Post Blog

Delivering water and sanitation for all in the 21st century will require a new approach - one that does not solely rely on gray solutions, but gray in combination with “green” systems such as forests, grasslands, and wetlands, which protect our access to clean water and are more resilient to environmental change. Click here to continue reading

Global News

If you are planning on head out into the backcountry to ski or sled, now is not the time to take risks on challenging terrain. Click here to continue reading

Insurance Journal

Extreme weather over the last five years has been occurring with a regularity that’s about three times the norm, according to a newly created index from a group of number crunchers. The Actuaries Climate Index, which was officially launched near the end of 2016, takes data from “neutral, scientific sources, generating objective, evidence-based results on extreme weather events,” according to the index’s creators. Click here to continue reading

Peace Country Sun

It’s common practice for a potential land buyer to consult a certified water well professional prior to making a land purchase, because nothing makes a real estate deal go south faster than the discovery that the water well is no good. Click here to continue reading

Global News

The City of Toronto is working to determine the cause of a foul-smelling fuel spill in the Don River downtown, while a local water protection charity is criticizing the lack of government action several weeks after the spill was reported.

Bill Shea, director of distribution and collection for Toronto Water, told Global News the city was informed of the petroleum spill in the river near the Gerrard Street overpass two weeks ago by a local resident, which prompted staff to contain it while they investigate the source. Click here to continue reading.

Calgary Herald

Wildlife crossings in Banff National Park can be called a success, with animal deaths on highways declining over the past 10 years.

Nineteen medium-sized and large mammals died as a result of vehicle collisions in 2015, down from 41 in 2006. In the first five months of 2016, seven animals died after being struck by a vehicle. The mortality numbers are also down in Kootenay and Yoho national parks. Full-year statistics will be available in February and Parks Canada officials declined to comment until then. Click here to continue reading.