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Alberta Water News is a free, subscription-based service that provides the latest information on water news across Alberta and upcoming events.

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Draining tailings into Athabasca River one solution under review in oilpatch, says Guilbeault

PUBLISHED: 18 August 2022

CBC News

Releasing treated oilsands tailings into the environment isn’t the only solution being considered to clean up the massive toxic ponds in northern Alberta, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says. Guilbeault said Wednesday that even though his government is developing regulations on how the tailings could be drained into the Athabasca River, other solutions are under review. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: China is seeding clouds to replenish its shrinking Yangtze River

PUBLISHED: 18 August 2022

CNN

Chinese planes are firing rods into the sky to bring more rainfall to its crucial Yangtze River, which has dried up in parts, as swaths of the nation fall into drought and grapple with the worst heat wave on record. Several regions on the Yangtze have launched weather modification programs, but with cloud cover too thin, operations in some drought-ravaged parts of the river’s basin have remained on standby. The Ministry of Water Resources said in a notice on Wednesday that drought throughout the Yangtze river basin was “adversely affecting drinking water security of rural people and livestock, and the growth of crops.” Click here to continue reading

CWN plays key role in new report on COVID-19 wastewater surveillance

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

Water Canada

The Royal Society of Canada has prepared a policy briefing report on Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Canada. The development of the report was led by Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, chair of the Royal Society of Canada’s Policy Briefing Working Group and chair of the National Research Advisory Group for Canadian Water Network’s (CWN) COVID-19 Wastewater Coalition. Bernadette Conant, the past CEO of CWN, is also one of the lead authors of the report. Click here to continue reading

B.C.’s largest coastline cleanup sets new targets

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

Water Canada

New projects funded by the Province in partnership with coastal communities and Indigenous Peoples will clean as much as 1,000 kilometres of B.C.’s coastline, remove as many as 30 derelict vessels and support local jobs. An additional $3.8 million from the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund will be used this summer to tackle the cleanup and removal of polluting marine debris, and create 440 jobs in coastal and Indigenous communities. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: US issues western water cuts as drought leaves Colorado River near ‘tipping point’

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

The Guardian

After western US states failed to reach agreements to reduce water use from the beleaguered Colorado River, the federal government stepped in on Tuesday, issuing cuts that will affect two states and Mexico. Officials with the Bureau of Reclamation declared a “tier 2” shortage in the river basin as the drought continues to pummel the American west, pushing its largest reservoirs to new lows. The waning water levels, which have left dramatic bathtub rings in reservoirs and unearthed buried bodies and other artifacts, continue to threaten hydroelectric power production, drinking water, and agricultural production. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Eastern Australia faces wet weather and flooding with 70% chance of third consecutive La Niña

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

The Guardian

Australia could be lashed with more rain and possible floods for the next three months with La Niña conditions predicted to return for a rare third consecutive year. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology raised the El Niño-Southern Oscillation La Niña outlook from “watch” to “alert” on Tuesday afternoon. Senior meteorologist Jonathan How said the risk of La Niña returning this spring was about three times higher than normal. Under such conditions, it has developed about 70% of the time. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Ridge-to-reef ecosystem census reveals hidden reservoir for microbiomes

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

ScienceDaily

Researchers collected more than 3,000 samples of microbes and microbiomes present in the entire watershed of Waimea Valley on O’ahu, Hawai’i. Their investigation revealed three key discoveries: microbes follow the food web, most of the microbial diversity in a watershed is maintained within the soil and stream water and the local distribution of a microbe predicts its global distribution. Click here to continue reading

‘Needed a rebound year’: Alberta farmers say extreme heat nowhere near as bad as 2021 heat dome

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

CTV News

Farmers in the province say while the heat warning over much of southern Alberta is concerning, it’s nowhere near as bad as last summer’s heat dome. Ian Chitwood farms near Airdrie and grows wheat, barley, canola and feed for livestock. Chitwood said the extreme heat in parts of southern Alberta is causing crops to rapidly grow, bringing harvest on faster this year. He said since farmers in the Calgary area got lots of moisture early in the season, the heat now is less of a blow. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Pakistan floods kill 580 and bring misery to millions

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

The Guardian

More than 580 people have died and thousands have lost their homes across Pakistan as torrential rains batter the country. An estimated 1 million have been affected by heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides since July as Pakistan endured more than 60% of its normal total monsoon rainfall in three weeks. Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces have been the worst affected, with heavy rainfall predicted across Pakistan until Friday. At least one man was killed in Karachi on Tuesday as non-stop rains hit Pakistan’s largest city for two consecutive days. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: NSW flood inquiry opts not to recommend raising of Warragamba dam wall

PUBLISHED: 17 August 2022

The Guardian

The New South Wales flood inquiry has stopped short of recommending raising the Warragamba Dam wall, listing the $2bn-plus project as just one option governments have to reduce flood risks in Sydney’s Hawkesbury-Nepean valley. The inquiry’s report, released on Wednesday by the state government, identified pros and cons of raising the wall of Sydney’s main source of drinking water by 14 metres. The project was not one of its 28 recommendations. Click here to continue reading

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