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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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Advocates say Canada can’t save struggling B.C. salmons stocks without Alaska’s help

PUBLISHED: 16 February 2022

Ponoka News

Significant numbers of salmon returning to spawn in British Columbia are being caught in southeast Alaskan fisheries, hindering Canada’s efforts to preserve and rebuild stocks that are declining to historic lows, B.C. salmon advocates say. Canada and the United States ratified the Pacific Salmon Treaty in 1985 to manage cross-border harvesting, but it wasn’t designed to deal with climate change and stocks that are in crisis. Click here to continue reading

‘We are in very bad shape’: Dry winter in southern Alberta has farmers worried

PUBLISHED: 16 February 2022

CTV News

Harold Hawkwood was doing chores when he found 60-centimetre deep cracks in the soil on his ranch northeast of Cochrane, Alta. — and he’s never seen anything like it. Hawkwood has run Ironwood Ranches since 1980. “Actually we are in very bad shape,” he said. “A lot of the dugouts are dry, the big sloughs have gone down and the water table has actually gone down.” Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: US sea level to rise as much in next 30 years as in past century – study

PUBLISHED: 16 February 2022

The Guardian

America’s vast coastline is being assailed by rapidly encroaching oceans, with up to 1ft of sea-level rise expected in the next 30 years – an increase that equals the total rise seen over the past century, a major US federal government report has found. The seas are rising significantly faster around the US than the global average, a situation that will cause a “dramatic increase” in the number of Americans, already numbering tens of millions, vulnerable to disastrous flooding, the analysis warns. Click here to continue reading

Environment Canada scientists link B.C. floods to human-caused climate change

PUBLISHED: 16 February 2022

Canada’s National Observer

Human-induced climate change “contributed substantially” to the atmospheric river and ensuing floods that devastated B.C. last year, a new study by Environment Canada scientists confirms, warning Canadians to brace for more of the same. The two-day atmospheric river that swept across southern B.C. in mid-November led to the deaths of at least five people, caused multiple evacuations, and is the costliest natural disaster in B.C.’s history, with a hefty price tag of $7.5 billion for infrastructure damage alone. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: The ‘solar canals’ making smart use of India’s space

PUBLISHED: 16 February 2022

BBC Future

India has relied traditionally on coal-fired power plants, which generated 72% of the country’s electricity in 2018-19. India’s combination of abundant sunshine – about 300 sunny days in a year – and a large energy-hungry population makes it an ideal location for solar. The country’s solar capacity reached 36.6GW at the end of the first quarter of 2020, with the aim of growing to 100GW by 2022. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: The West’s megadrought is worst in 1,200 years. Los Angeles is taking wastewater recycling to the extreme

PUBLISHED: 15 February 2022


The West is in its worst drought in centuries, scientists reported Monday. A study published in Nature Climate Change found the period from 2000 to 2021 was the driest in 1,200 years. Last year’s drought severity was “exceptional,” researchers said, and all indications are the extreme conditions will continue through 2022. The human-caused climate crisis has made the megadrought 72% worse, the study noted. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Flint water crisis trial will test contractors’ liability

PUBLISHED: 15 February 2022

Red Deer Advocate

Jury selection starts Tuesday in a trial to determine if engineering contractors bear responsibility for lead-contaminated water in Flint. Attorneys for four Flint children claim Veolia and LAN were negligent in not doing more to get the city to properly treat water that was being pulled from the Flint River in 2014-15. Corrosive water caused lead to leach from service lines serving homes, a disastrous result in the majority Black community. Click here to continue reading

Study recommends six steps to improve our water quality

PUBLISHED: 15 February 2022

University of Waterloo

Nitrogen fertilizers are critical for growing crops to feed the world, yet when applied in excess can pollute our water for decades. A new study provides six steps to address nitrogen pollution and improve water quality. The study from the University of Waterloo appearing in Nature Geoscience provides a roadmap for scientists, policymakers, and the public to overcome the challenges associated with this legacy nitrogen for faster improvements to our water quality. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Drugs have dangerously polluted the world’s rivers, scientists warn

PUBLISHED: 15 February 2022

The Guardian

Humanity’s drugs have polluted rivers across the entire world and pose “a global threat to environmental and human health”, according to the most comprehensive study to date. Pharmaceuticals and other biologically active compounds used by humans are known to harm wildlife and antibiotics in the environment drive up the risk of resistance to the drugs, one of the greatest threats to humanity. Click here to continue reading

Dryland fish farming aims at a hungry market

PUBLISHED: 15 February 2022

The Western Producer

Companies find that raising aquatic livestock far from natural water bodies makes business and environmental sense. As the world population grows in number and affluence, the demand for high-quality protein is putting unsustainable pressure on wild fish stocks but also creating opportunities for aquaculture alongside dryland farming. Fish farming checks a lot of boxes, both from a practical and marketing standpoint. It has the potential to reduce pressure on overfished wild stocks. Click here to continue reading

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