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More than half of the world’s lakes have shrunk in past 30 years, study finds

PUBLISHED: 19 May 2023      Last Edited: 19 May 2023

The Guardian

More than half of the world’s large lakes and reservoirs have shrunk since the early 1990s – chiefly because of the climate crisis and human consumption – intensifying concerns about water supply for agriculture, hydropower and human consumption, a study has found. Click here to continue reading

Land use linked to water quality and quantity

PUBLISHED: 19 May 2023      Last Edited: 19 May 2023

Science Daily

Researchers recently published a study that focuses on the Sudbury-Assabet and Concord watershed in eastern Massachusetts, and which links hydrological changes, including floods, drought and runoff, to changing patterns of land use. Click here to continue reading

State of emergency declared in Kinngait, Nunavut, over water problems

PUBLISHED: 18 May 2023      Last Edited: 18 May 2023

CBC News

Water problems in Kinngait, Nunavut, have led the territorial government to declare a state of emergency in the South Baffin community of about 1,400. An electrical problem at the community’s water pumphouse is the root of the problem. It’s limiting the hamlet’s ability to distribute treated water. Click here to continue reading

Global heating has likely made El Niños and La Niñas more ‘frequent and extreme’, new study shows

PUBLISHED: 18 May 2023      Last Edited: 18 May 2023

The Guardian

Global heating has likely intensified a climate pattern in the Pacific since the 1960s that has driven extreme droughts, floods and heatwaves around the globe, according to a new study. Click here to continue reading

Stantec deepens partnership with Apache Junction Sewer District for water reclamation facility expansion

PUBLISHED: 18 May 2023      Last Edited: 18 May 2023

Water Canada

Stantec has been selected to lead the water reclamation facility (WRF) expansion design for Apache Junction Sewer District (AJSD) in Apache Junction, Arizona. AJSD, previously the Superstition Mountains Community Facilities District No. 1, provides wastewater collection and treatment services to more than 7,000 customers. Click here to continue reading

Brandon, MB modernizes access to water network data

PUBLISHED: 18 May 2023      Last Edited: 18 May 2023

Water Canada

The City of Brandon, in partnership with Esri Canada, recently implemented the geographic information system (GIS) software ArcGIS Utility Network (UN), which allows the City to see, manage and share vital information about its water network in real time. This leads to better network management. The project is part of the City’s strategy to modernize asset management. Click here to continue reading

Italy floods: emergency services continue rescue efforts in flood-hit region – video

PUBLISHED: 18 May 2023      Last Edited: 18 May 2023

The Guardian

Italian authorities are continuing rescue operations across the flood-hit northern Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Footage recorded by the Italian coastguard showed helicopters rescuing people from their roofs, including a pregnant woman and an elderly couple. At least nine people have been killed by the floods and close to 5,000 evacuated from their homes. Click here to continue reading

Opinion: Stop forcing farmers to choose between economic viability and wetland protection

PUBLISHED: 17 May 2023      Last Edited: 17 May 2023

Calgary Herald

The Alberta earth is greening again. Farmers are back on the land seeding their crops. In the skies above, pintail, teal, northern shoveler and mallard ducks wheel before dropping into temporary sloughs, key components of their territories for nesting season. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Devastating floods in Italy claim lives and leave thousands homeless

PUBLISHED: 17 May 2023      Last Edited: 17 May 2023

The Guardian

Eight people have died and thousands have been evacuated from their homes after heavy storms wreaked havoc in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, causing severe flooding and landslides. Click here to continue reading

Testing may shed light on Medicine River’s brown colour

PUBLISHED: 16 May 2023      Last Edited: 16 May 2023

Red Deer Advocate

Central Alberta’s Medicine River will be tested this summer to try to solve the mystery of its distinctive brown colour and whether agriculture plays a role. Medicine River Watershed Society volunteers undertook limited testing last year that appeared to show river quality had improved since the last extensive round of testing in 2006 and 2007, said society board member Dana Kreil. Click here to continue reading

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