Water News 2023

Calgary hopes to freeze invasive fish species out of city ponds

PUBLISHED: 03 February 2023

Global News

A seemingly honourable goodbye to a pet is threatening Calgary waterways, as stormwater ponds and tributaries in the city are seeing more and more invasive species after people release their pet fish into them. Click here to continue reading

Ontario First Nation hires outside firm to investigate 28-year boil water advisory

PUBLISHED: 03 February 2023

CBC News

A northern Ontario First Nation that has lived under a boil-water advisory for nearly three decades has hired an outside consultant to find out once and for all what ails the community’s water system. Click here to continue reading

Video: The disastrous redesign of Pakistan’s rivers

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Vox

British colonizers created a massive canal system in Pakistan — and helped cause the country’s deadly water crisis. Click here to watch

Compare and Contrast: States file duelling Colorado River plans as water resources rapidly dwindle

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Guardian

California filed a competing conservation plan for the Colorado River on Tuesday, just one day after opting out of a proposal put forward by six other western states, signaling a breakdown in negotiations over how to drastically cut water use from the imperiled waterway. Click here to continue reading

M&S joins calls for EU to restrict harmful tuna fishing methods in Indian Ocean

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Guardian

The EU is under pressure to significantly restrict its huge fleet of fishing vessels from using “fish aggregating devices” that make it easier to catch huge numbers of fish and contribute further to overfishing. Click here to continue reading

Engineers examine drinking water management strategies

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Science Daily

While residents in California are still dealing with damage from last month’s floods — after years of devastating droughts — UBC Okanagan engineers are looking at better ways to manage the delivery of safe drinking water to homes. Click here to continue reading

Monitoring airport wastewater growing more complicated, says U of G researcher

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Water Canada

As a pilot project involving University of Guelph researchers monitoring wastewater at Toronto Pearson Airport for coronavirus variants enters its second year, one of its lead researchers says the work has grown more complicated. Click here to continue reading

B.C. transfers land back to Lake Babine Nation, benefits the region

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Water Canada

The Lake Babine Foundation Agreement committed the Province to transfer 20,000 hectares of Crown land to the Nation in fee simple. This transfer of lands will enable the Nation to expand its forestry business and drive economic opportunity in the regional economy. Click here to continue reading

City drains 2 northwest Calgary ponds due to dumped goldfish

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

CBC News

The city has drained a northwest pond as invasive fish have been dumped into it — something a spokesperson says is a widespread issue affecting the majority of Calgary’s ponds. A metal fence now surrounds a ravine in Edgemont that used to contain a wetland storm pond. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Argentina gets rains

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Western Producer

Recent rains have brought badly needed relief to much of Argentina’s parched agricultural land, the Buenos Aires Grains exchange said Jan. 26, with coming rains expected to further help farmers in the planting stage amid a historic drought. Precipitation in the past week over Argentina’s central agricultural area has prevented any new cuts to the South American country’s soy and corn harvests, the exchange said in a report. Click here to continue reading

Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrates World Wetlands Day with ambitious conservation goal

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Water Canada

To recognize World Wetlands Day—a global celebration aimed at raising awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the natural environment—Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is committing to an ambitious goal to conserve, restore and influence more than 15 million acres of natural habitat across Canada this year. Click here to continue reading

Water agency looks at irrigation allocations

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Western Producer

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency is working toward making its water allocation process more modern and transparent. Click here to continue reading

Lake Diefenbaker operations vary with snowpack, rainfall

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Western Producer

Low water levels in Lake Diefenbaker at times in the last couple of years have drawn concern from lake users. Some posted photographs on social media of exposed boat launches and rocky beaches. The water was sometimes too low for the Riverhurst Ferry to operate. But this doesn’t mean the $4-billion project to expand irrigation from the lake to about 500,000 acres in 10 years is at risk from not enough water. Click here to continue reading

Why some people are taking a wintry dip from the banks of the Bow River

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

CBC News

It’s an uncommon sight to see in January. A group of nearly 20 people, in their bathing suits, gather along the banks of the Bow River to plunge into the icy waters. While a midwinter dip might not be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, it’s become a ritual for those participating. Click here to continue reading

Gull Lake Watershed Society urging action on falling lake levels

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Red Deer Advocate

Gull Lake water levels continue to fall and an environmental group is lobbying the province to restart a pumping program to pull water from Blindman River. The Gull Lake water stabilization system was built in the 1970s to help maintain water levels in the lake that had fallen 2.6 metres between 1924 and 1976. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California holds out as western states agree to cut Colorado River water use

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

The Guardian

Six western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California – with the largest allocation of water from the river – is the lone holdout. Officials said the state would release its own plan. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: How to Save the Colorado River and the American West

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Time 

The Colorado River, lifeblood of the West, is out of time. Seven U.S. states, plus two in Mexico, use water from the river, irrigating more than 5 million acres of crops and supporting more than 35 million people. We now take much more water out of the river every year than Mother Nature delivers, an imbalance resulting from political and legal decisions made a century ago and the increasing consequences of human-caused climate change, enabled by reservoirs that have provided a false sense of abundance and security. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California has a plan for cutting Colorado River use. It involves pretending water doesn’t evaporate

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Fortune Magazine

California released a plan Tuesday detailing how Western states reliant on the Colorado River should save more water. It came a day after the six other states in the river basin made a competing proposal. Click here to continue reading

Epcor repairing burst water distribution line that flooded into Rossdale

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Edmonton Journal

Epcor is repairing a downtown water distribution line that burst on Monday night, flooding roadways down the hill and into the Rossdale neighbourhood and the North Saskatchewan River. Click here to continue reading

Alberta to test emergency flood response preparedness

PUBLISHED: 02 February 2023

Red Deer Advocate

Emergency management experts gathered in Alberta this week to go over a simulated flood scenario that will test their response to major emergencies. The emergency management exercise (EMX23) on Feb. 1 and 2 will simulate government’s response to a significant event, using the scenario of a sunny day dam failure that results in flooding for downstream communities. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Auckland flood victims wade through streets to safety – video

PUBLISHED: 30 January 2023

The Guardian

Residents of New Zealand’s largest city assess the damage on Saturday as emergency workers go house to house to carry out welfare checks. Auckland was deluged on Friday, with three people confirmed dead and a fourth missing. More heavy weather is expected on Sunday, forecasters have said. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Death in the marshes: environmental calamity hits Iraq’s unique wetlands

PUBLISHED: 30 January 2023

The Guardian

The ruin of nearly 3,000 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of this unique ecosystem is a small example of the unprecedented environmental disaster unfolding in Iraq. Rivers and lakes that had spawned farming communities since the dawn of civilisation are drying up, the country’s water reserves reduced by half, while the Iraqi ministry of water resources estimates that one-quarter of Iraq’s fresh water will be lost in the next decade. Click here to continue reading

Getting the Lead Out: The City of Hamilton’s Corrosion Control Program

PUBLISHED: 30 January 2023

Water Canada

Hamilton is an old city with old city problems. The second city in Canada to create its own water system, Hamilton relied on lead water services in plumbing until 1955 and lead soldering until the 1990s. With 154,352 water service lines and about 20,000 homes built before 1955 that may have lead water service lines connecting the homes to the city municipal water supply, lead was a city problem that needed to be solved. Click here to continue reading

Government invests $100 million in water infrastructure for Manitoba

PUBLISHED: 30 January 2023

Water Canada

To position the City of Portage la Prairie for future growth, the Manitoba government is investing in the expansion of the city’s water treatment plant. The expansion is one of eight municipal projects in rural Manitoba receiving up to $100 million in critical infrastructure funding, Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced on January 27. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Human activity and drought ‘degrading more than a third of Amazon rainforest’

PUBLISHED: 27 January 2023

The Guardian

Human activity and drought may have degraded more than a third of the Amazon rainforest, double the previous estimate, according to a study that heightens concerns that the globally important ecosystem is slipping towards a point of no return. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: How to apply lessons from Colorado’s costliest wildfire to drinking water systems

PUBLISHED: 27 January 2023

Science Daily

While communities and governments nationwide have been facing the impact of wildfires on drinking water systems, no national synthesis of scientific and policy needs has been conducted. Now, a study has outlined the scientific and policy needs specific to drinking water systems’ resilience to wildfires. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Satellite data shows sustained severe drought in Europe

PUBLISHED: 27 January 2023

Science Daily

Europe has been experiencing a severe drought for years. Across the continent, groundwater levels have been consistently low since 2018, even if extreme weather events with flooding temporarily give a different picture. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Storms dumped snow on California. Will it bring a reprieve from the drought?

PUBLISHED: 27 January 2023

The Guardian

Extreme weather hammered California through the first weeks of the year – but also offered a badly needed reprieve. The deep snow dumped on the Sierra Nevada during a series of strong storms left the state with a robust water savings account of sorts. Click here to continue reading

Alix village council considers stocking the lake with fish

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

East Central Alberta Review

Alix village council will consider stocking their namesake water body with fish after a detailed presentation at the Jan. 18 regular meeting of council. Councilors heard a presentation from the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) about the feasibility of stocking Alix Lake with fish. Click here to continue reading

New Brunswick’s 2nd storm this week causes flooding, treacherous roads

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

CBC News

A fast-moving system is bringing snow, ice pellets, rain or a mix of all three to all parts of New Brunswick. Snow began around midnight and had changed to rain in the south by morning. All New Brunswick schools are closed Thursday, with some students having their third snow day this week. Officials are warning of localized flooding and unsafe roads and asking people to avoid travel if they can. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: ‘It used to be like heaven’: the Iraq wetlands decimated by the climate crisis – in pictures

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

The Guardian

The people of the Hawizeh marshes of southern Iraq have an ancient history living in the world’s most unique and biodiverse wetlands. The region has been reduced to near-desert as a result of the climate crisis, devastated by drought and man-made dams. Thousands of families are having to leave. Click here to continue reading

Food, feed and fuel: global seaweed industry could reduce land needed for farming by 110m hectares, study finds

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

The Guardian

An area of ocean almost the size of Australia could support commercial seaweed farming around the world, providing food for humans, feed supplements for cattle, and alternative fuels, according to new research. Seaweed farming is a nascent industry globally but the research says if it could grow to constitute 10% of human diets by 2050 it could reduce the amount of land needed for food by 110m hectares (272 acres) – an area twice the size of France. Click here to continue reading

Salmon farms not ‘solely’ to blame for growing B.C. sea lice infestations, claims DFO study

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

CBC News

A government study claims fish farms aren’t solely to blame for the growing prevalence of sea lice among wild salmon along the B.C. coast. The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) report, based on data provided by fish farm operators, claims that there is no “statistically significant association” between sea lice infestations among wild juvenile Chum and Pink salmon and the fish farms they migrate past along the B.C. coast. Click here to continue reading

Inuit warn of ‘rock concert-like’ noise from ships affecting Arctic wildlife

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

The Guardian

For centuries, narwhals and ringed seals have provided food for Inuit communities on the ice floes of Mittimatalik, or Pond Inlet, on northern Canada’s Baffin Island. But now, the Inuit – who have hunted, trapped and fished in the region since long before the Hudson Bay Company opened its first Arctic trading camp here in 1921 – say they no longer find the narwhals where they should be. Click here to continue reading

Farmers May Not Have to Choose Between Crops and Solar Panels

PUBLISHED: 26 January 2023

Smithsonian Magazine

Arable land is at an all-time premium. Since the last ice age, humans have cleared one-third of the earth’s forests and two-thirds of its wild grasslands, much of it for agriculture. And as the world population—8 billion as of last November—continues to expand, there’s ever-increasing pressure on farmland to produce not only more food but also clean energy. Click here to continue reading

Sunshine Coast Regional District: Working together to secure water supply

PUBLISHED: 25 January 2023

Water Canada

On Monday January 16, 2023, elected representatives from the shíshálh Nation, Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), District of Sechelt and the Town of Gibsons met to talk about water. The workshop was the first of what is planned to be ongoing dialogue and meetings as local governments work collaboratively on many topics, including securing additional water supply for communities on the Sunshine Coast. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Heavy snow causes travel chaos in Japan, South Korea

PUBLISHED: 25 January 2023

CBC News

Frigid winter weather gripped East Asia for the second straight day on Wednesday, causing several deaths and multiple injuries in Japan and a scramble for flights out of South Korea’s resort island of Jeju following delays by snowstorms. Click here to continue reading

Ducks Unlimited Canada adds more than 80 hectares of protected wetlands in the Outaouais

PUBLISHED: 25 January 2023

Water Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada has recently acquired six properties, totaling more than 80 hectares of wetlands in the regional county municipality of Pontiac. Located in the municipalities of Isle-aux-Allumettes and Île-du-Grand-Calumet in the Outaouais region, the various properties have great ecological value, particularly because of their strategic location on the periphery of the Ottawa River, a high-priority area for the conservation of waterfowl and their habitats. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: The key to weathering rapid sea-level rise may lie in a Massachusetts salt marsh

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

Science Daily

Researchers recently announced that salt marshes, critical habitats threatened by rapid sea-level rise, may in fact thrive despite higher water levels. The key factor that determines whether salt marshes collapse or flourish involves not water, but sediment. Click here to continue reading

Virus plus microplastics equal double whammy for fish health

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

Science Daily

Microplastics — tiny particles generated as plastics weather and fragment — pose a growing threat to ecosystem and human health. A new laboratory study shows these threats extend beyond direct physical or chemical impacts, revealing that the presence of microplastics increases the severity of an important viral fish disease. Click here to continue reading

Dangerous avalanche conditions to persist in B.C. after deadly start to year

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

CBC News

Following the third avalanche death in two weeks, forecasters say dangerous conditions will persist in B.C.’s north and Interior. Cold weather expected in the province starting next week will keep the snow weak, according to Avalanche Canada forecaster Simon Horton. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Cute, furry and key to the ecosystem: can sea otters save the US west coast?

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

The Guardian

Before the fur trade drove them to near extinction, sea otters once roamed the waters of North America from Alaska to Baja California. Now a non-profit conservation group wants to see them brought back, and say the otters could help restore the region’s crucial but decimated kelp forests. Click here to continue reading

Governments of Canada and Manitoba invest $55,000 to conduct wastewater study in Portage la Prairie area industrial park

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

Water Canada

As part of a commitment to sustainability and environmental action, the Canada and Manitoba governments are committing $55,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to study the viability of providing an alternative non-potable water source for non-food processing purposes to industrial park tenants in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced. Click here to continue reading

Government of Canada investing $13 million in infrastructure funding for Radium Hot Springs

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

Water Canada

The cool pool and foundations of the building at Radium Hot Springs Aquacourt will be repaired to improve visitor experience and increase the site’s resiliency to flooding by installing culverts under the building to direct water flow and protect the foundation, in addition to other upgrades. This project will also aid in Parks Canada’s conservation efforts by adding erosion protection to safeguard nearby fish habitats. Click here to continue reading

 

First Nation declares protected area in northern B.C.’s Taku River watershed

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

CBC News

The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Atlin, B.C., has declared a vast swath of its traditional territory in northern B.C. off-limits to mining and other extractive-resource development. The First Nation has named the 1.8-million hectare Taku River watershed an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA), according to Tlingit law. The one-page declaration, signed by six representatives of the First Nation, says it covers “all lands that bear waters flowing into the Taku River.” Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Dust Lakes Keep Popping Up Across the West

PUBLISHED: 24 January 2023

The Atlantic

Last summer, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed dust blowing 85 miles from its source: Lake Abert and Summer Lake, two dried-up saline lakes in southern Oregon. This had happened before: Saline lake beds are some of the West’s most significant sources of dust. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Delight as dolphins spotted in New York’s Bronx River

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

The Guardian

Dolphins have been spotted frolicking in New York City’s Bronx River, an encouraging sign of the improving health of a waterway that was for many years befouled as a sewer for industrial waste. Click here to continue reading

Ice climbers and mountain adventurers fear climate change creates new unpredictable risks

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

CBC News

Climate change has already begun to change high elevation areas of the world. Researchers say that’s expected to continue and at times be dramatic, as mountain faces and riverways are redrawn by the geological forces at play — at times creating sudden unexpected hazards for the people who adventure in remote mountain zones. Click here to continue reading

A closer look at British Columbia’s proposed Watershed Security and Strategy Fund

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Water Canada

In January of 2022, the government of British Columbia issued a discussion paper seeking the public’s input on a proposed Watershed Security Strategy and Fund, the main goal of which is to promote healthy and secure watersheds. In its discussion paper, the Province highlights the significance of watershed security in light of the impacts of climate change including increased weather events that undermine “the health of watersheds, and by extension the wellbeing of all living things.” Click here to continue reading

Government of Canada supports wastewater monitoring for COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Water Canada

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a comprehensive and prudent approach to managing the virus, with measures and actions informed by available data, operational considerations, scientific evidence, and monitoring of the epidemiological situation and best practices both in Canada and internationally. Click here to continue reading

Canada invests in storm surge protection for Port Stanley, Ontario

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Water Canada

Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West, and Andrew Sloan, Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin, have announced $17 million in joint funding to better protect Port Stanley’s shoreline areas from storm surges. This investment will fund enhancements to the existing dune protection system, the construction of a new harbour entrance breakwater, raising the crest of an existing breakwater, and upgrading the community’s storm water management system. Click here to continue reading

‘No miracles needed’: Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

The Guardian

The Stanford University academic has a compelling pitch: the world can rapidly get 100% of its energy from renewable sources with, as the title of his new book says, “no miracles needed”. Click here to continue reading

Plant roots use hydro-signalling to sense water

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

The Western Producer

Hormones respond to the presence or absence of water, allowing roots to stop growing when they lose contact with it. Roots are central to plant growth and recent research has shown just how efficient they are and how precisely they forage to find water, minimize water stress and adapt their shape while branching out to secure moisture. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: ‘Dangerous’ drought threatens food security in Tunisia

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

The Western Producer

Three years of drought have dried up Tunisian reservoirs, threatening harvests that are critical to the North African country’s battered economy and pushing the government to raise tap water prices for homes and businesses. Since September only 110 million cubic metres of rain have fallen in Tunisia, about a fifth of the normal rate, and officials in the farmers union and the main trade union warn that grain crops will suffer, adding to existing problems of food supply. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Saved by a rainy day? Californians ‘harvest’ water during historic storms

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

The Guardian

California has experienced some of the heaviest winter storms in memory this month, causing widespread and destructive flooding. But the influx of water has also prompted another, more hopeful question – how can we keep some of it around for good? Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: A changing flood recipe for Las Vegas

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Science Daily

Las Vegas, with its rapid urbanization and desert landscape, is highly vulnerable to flooding. For this reason, flood managers have built an extensive system of drainage ditches and detention basins to protect the public. Now, a new study shows how intentional engineering and urban development are interacting with climate change to alter the timing and intensity of flood risk. Click here to continue reading

Tracing the flow of water with DNA

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Science Daily

Environmental DNA analysis of microbial communities can help us understand how a particular region’s water cycle works. Basel hydrogeologist Oliver Schilling recently used this method to examine the water cycle on Mount Fuji. His results have implications for other regions worldwide. Click here to continue reading

Wastewater pipeline rupture prompts water quality advisory for Big Lake

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

CTV News

Alberta Health Services is advising against any activity involving exposure to the water or shoreline of Big Lake due to “potentially elevated” bacteria levels. The provincial health authority issued an advisory Thursday after a pipeline carrying wastewater ruptured near the shoreline and sewage run off entered the lake. Click here to continue reading

SANEXEN awarded major remediation project in Northern Canada

PUBLISHED: 23 January 2023

Water Canada

SANEXEN Environmental Services Inc., a subsidiary of LOGISTEC Corporation, has been awarded the major environmental remediation project of the former Rayrock mine in Northern Canada. The impacts of the mine on the surrounding land – and the local community – have been felt for generations. Click here to continue reading

Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia gets improved water supply and distribution infrastructure

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

Water Canada

The project will provide Port Hawkesbury residents with an upgraded water supply and distribution system by replacing the existing Pitt Street water tower and the MacDonald Street pressure reducing valve vault with a new above ground building and associated equipment. The Town will also upgrade the water treatment plant and water system district metering. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Greenland is the warmest it’s been in 1,000 years

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

CBC News

A sharp spike in Greenland temperatures since 1995 showed the giant northern island 1.5 C hotter than its 20th-century average, the warmest in more than 1,000 years, according to new ice core data. Click here to continue reading

 

Rotting sauce in an abandoned plant is ‘acutely lethal’ to fish. A small N.L. town wants the mess cleaned up

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

CBC News

People in the community have complained for years about the rancid smell emanating from the building and the vats of decomposing product left inside — a mixture of capelin and pineapple juice. They are worried about potential health impacts. Click here to continue reading

Feds and First Nations gearing up to host global ocean conservation summit

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

Canada’s National Observer

Ottawa and First Nations in B.C. are looking to amplify oceans as the best way to turn the tide on the twin spectres of biodiversity collapse and climate change, says federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Joyce Murray. Canada and West Coast First Nations — the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh — are hosting the fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver to spur change on the international protection of marine ecosystems, Murray told Canada’s National Observer. Click here to continue reading

Canada invests in Lake Winnipeg Basin restoration and protection

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

Water Canada

Healthier lakes mean economic growth, more recreational opportunities, and a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that protects biodiversity. Canadians understand the value of fresh water and want to be actively engaged to help protect and manage this vital resource. Click here to continue reading

Improvements to Wolfville, Nova Scotia’s wastewater treatment plant

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

Water Canada

Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, Melissa Sheehy-Richard, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Hants West, and Her Worship Wendy Donovan, Mayor of the Town of Wolfville, announced $6 million in joint funding for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant in Wolfville. Through this investment, the Wolfville wastewater treatment facility will receive upgrades that include a newly constructed third lagoon cell and protective raised barrier, an improved aeration system, and a new operational monitoring and control system. Click here to continue reading

Freshwater fish more contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’ than in oceans

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

The Guardian

Wild caught, freshwater fish in the United States are far more contaminated with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” than those commercially caught in oceans, and the highest levels are found in fish from the Great Lakes, a new analysis of federal data suggests. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: As California faces droughts and floods together, farmers look to new water technologies

PUBLISHED: 20 January 2023

CBC News

The earth under Dennis Lebow’s gumboots is saturated. He’s in the Salinas Valley in California, about an hour south of San Jose. The valley is often referred to as the “salad bowl of the world” as it’s one of the most productive agricultural areas in the U.S. Most of Canada’s lettuce, strawberries and tomatoes are grown in its fertile soil, according to California’s Department of Food and Agriculture. Click here to continue reading

Cruises, crowds and fragile ecosystems: the delicate dance of Antarctic tourism

PUBLISHED: 19 January 2023

The Guardian

The region is home to rich but delicate ecosystems, many of which have been isolated from the rest of the world by the Southern Ocean for 30m years. Its remarkable natural appeal – enhanced by the novelty of fewer than one million people ever having visited – makes Antarctica an increasingly attractive tourist destination. Click here to continue reading

Canada invests in flood protection upgrades in Peterborough, Ontario

PUBLISHED: 19 January 2023

Water Canada

Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby, and His Worship Jeff Leal, Mayor of the City of Peterborough, have announced over $2.1 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements that will help protect people and property from flooding. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California lashed with 9th storm in third week of major winter weather events

PUBLISHED: 19 January 2023

CBC News

The ninth atmospheric river in a three-week series of major winter storms was churning through California on Monday, leaving mountain driving dangerous and the flooding risk high near swollen rivers even as the sun came out in some areas. Heavy snow fell across the Sierra Nevada and the National Weather Service discouraged travel. Interstate 80, a key highway from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe ski resorts, reopened with chain requirements after periodic weekend closures because of whiteout conditions. Click here to continue reading

Toxic toilet paper and long-lasting chemicals found in endangered killer whales

PUBLISHED: 19 January 2023

Water Canada

A chemical used in the production of toilet paper and ‘forever chemicals’ have been found in the bodies of orcas in B.C. , including the endangered southern resident killer whales. The Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries at UBC, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists analyzed tissue samples from six southern resident killer whales and six Bigg’s whales stranded along the coast of B.C. from 2006 to 2018, according to a recent study. Click here to continue reading

GNWT launches After Action Review of 2022 Flood Response

PUBLISHED: 19 January 2023

Water Canada

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) invites flood-affected residents, businesses, community governments, and those who participated in the emergency response to have their say on the Hay River and K’atł’odeeche First Nation reserve 2022 flood preparedness and response activities. Click here to continue reading

Forests can help manage water amid development, climate change

PUBLISHED: 17 January 2023

Science Daily

Riparian buffers helped maintain stream flow in localized areas of a developing watershed of North Carolina, a recent study found. The study projected the effect of riparian buffers amid development and climate change. Click here to continue reading

‘Extinction crisis’ of sharks and rays to have devastating effect on other species, study finds

PUBLISHED: 17 January 2023

The Guardian

Almost two-thirds of sharks and rays that live around the world’s coral reefs are threatened with extinction with potentially dire knock-on effects for ecosystems and coastal communities, according to new research. Overfishing was the main cause of the declines over the past half a century, with larger sharks and rays being particularly hard hit. Click here to continue reading

Alberta investigates family’s lead-contaminated water well near gravel mine

PUBLISHED: 17 January 2023

CTV News

Alberta Environment is investigating how a family’s water well near a gravel mine became so contaminated by lead it’s no longer drinkable.
The investigation comes as Red Deer County considers expanding mine operations that Jody Young suspects are the source of the lead she and her family may have been drinking for months. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Soaked California prepares for more flooding as thousands remain without power

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

The Guardian

With rain-soaked California expected to see several more rounds of stormy weather over the weekend and into next week, state and federal officials pleaded with residents on Friday to stay alert to the possibility of more flooding and damage. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Lake in China offers stunning views of frozen azure waters

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

CBC News

Bosten Lake, in China’s Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, has created breathtaking scenery after freezing over and forming pure white ice crystals, with large cracks running in a network across the surface. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Salmon deaths on Scotland’s fish farms double – but are jellyfish to blame?

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

The Guardian

Salmon deaths on fish farms in Scotland nearly doubled last year, official figures show, owing to growing levels of disease, parasites and jellyfish blooms. Campaigners have blamed overcrowding and called for a boycott. Click here to continue reading

Power restored in many areas of Newfoundland as much of province faces rain, freezing rain

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

CBC News

Almost all of Newfoundland and parts of southern Labrador remain red with warnings on Environment Canada’s weather map as a bout of rain, freezing rain and snow is expected to continue Sunday. While winter storm warnings issued Saturday have ended in western Newfoundland, new freezing rain warnings have been issued in Rocky Harbour, La Scie, Port au Choix, St. Anthony, Englee and Gros Morne. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Treasure hunters dive for mammoth bones in New York’s East River

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

The Guardian

Several groups of treasure hunters have been seen on the East River in New York City after a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast claimed a boxcar of valuable prehistoric mammoth bones was dumped in the river in the 1940s. Despite a lack of evidence, treasure seekers have used boats, diving gear and remote-operated cameras to search. Click here to continue reading

3 things to watch in Prairie agriculture in 2023

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

CBC News

It’s been a tumultuous few years for farmers in Western Canada. After the scorching drought of 2021, enough rain fell last year to make for generally better growing conditions in 2022. The ongoing fallout from the war in Ukraine continued to cause volatility in grain and oilseed markets. There was concern over the federal government’s 2030 emissions reduction target for fertilizer, and pressures that stemmed from inflation. Click here to continue reading

Undercover video and scientist testimonies show deep sea mining tests tainted by pollution and flawed monitoring

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

Water Canada

Undercover footage of the latest deep sea mining tests in the Pacific Ocean shows the discharge of waste directly into the sea. The tests were carried out between mid-September and mid-November 2022 by Canadian miner The Metals Company (TMC) and its Swiss operating partner and shareholder Allseas using the drill ship “Hidden Gem” in the Clarion Clipperton Zone between México and Hawaii. Click here to continue reading

Research: Are ice roads holding up under January’s unseasonable warmth?

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

Water Canada

Vital winter ice road infrastructure may be cracking and sinking under the load of an unseasonably warm start to the new year across Europe and North America, a trend York University Associate Professor Sapna Sharma and team have detailed in a recent study. Click here to continue reading

Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023

PUBLISHED: 16 January 2023

The Guardian

It is part of a natural oscillation driven by ocean temperatures and winds in the Pacific, which switches between El Niño, its cooler counterpart La Niña, and neutral conditions. The last three years have seen an unusual run of consecutive La Niña events. Click here to continue reading

Provincial government should release snowpack contamination data, say experts, advocates

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CTV News

A government report released in November showed Window Mountain Lake had been contaminated with coal dust from B.C.’s Elk Valley Mines. The lake, which sits north of the Crowsnest Pass, was as polluted as bodies of water downwind from the oil sands. It’s only accessible by foot and is not connected to any coal mining areas by other bodies of water. Click here to continue reading

Court extends deadline to apply for compensation over tainted water at CFB Valcartier

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

Current and former soldiers and their families who drank contaminated water from CFB Valcartier have received more time to apply for compensation. On Thursday evening, a judge issued a temporary extension while he made his final decision on whether to give claimants even more time. Click here to continue reading

A Policy for the Stewardship of Yukon’s Wetlands released

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Water Canada

Minister Nils Clark and Minister John Streicker have announced the release of A Policy for the Stewardship of Yukon’s Wetlands, the territory’s first ever wetlands policy. Wetlands are important to the territory’s ecosystem and contribute to the wellbeing of Yukoners in a variety of ways, from hosting rich biodiversity to their cultural significance for First Nations peoples. The wetlands stewardship policy establishes a consistent and coordinated approach to wetland protection that reflects the values and interests of Yukoners. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Carp spawning event fills Murray-Darling flood waters with masses of flailing fish

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

In creeks, rivers and flood waters across the Murray-Darling Basin, an uncountable and unfathomable number of invasive carp are turning waters into bubbling masses of flapping and flailing fish. Click here to continue reading

Conservation group opposes oilsands mining project on northern Alberta wetland

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

An Alberta conservation group is raising concerns about the potential for environmental damage from an approved oilsands mining operation on an important wetland in northern Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator approved Suncor’s plan for work in the McClelland Lake Wetland Complex last year. The project is part of the company’s current Fort Hills oilsands operation. Click here to continue reading

Durum market adjusts from last year’s Canadian drought

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Western Producer

Countries in North Africa, major customers for durum wheat, are experiencing a dry start to their growing season. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia together are usually in the top ranks of buyers of Canadian durum wheat, used to make the staple dish of couscous. Click here to continue reading

Dolphins ‘shout’ to compensate for human-made background noise

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

We have all experienced the frustration of trying to hold a conversation in a loud pub or restaurant. Now researchers have shown that dolphins may face a similar scenario, showing that they “shout” to each other when faced with background noise. Click here to continue reading

‘Winterkill’ wipes out thousands of fish in Vermilion Lakes near Banff

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Calgary Herald

Last weekend, Parks Canada officials were contacted by someone alarmed by the number of dead fish at the surface or under the ice at the lakes — especially the second Vermilion Lake. The dead white suckers and brook stickleback fish can be seen piled up in the few open areas of the frozen lakes and are visible from the shorelines. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Dramatic spike in rain has helped counter California’s extreme drought, data reveals

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

A weeks-long onslaught of heavy rain has made a notable dent in California’s extreme drought, new data shows, even as the state braces for another round of punishing storms with no reprieve in sight until next week. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Fukushima water to be released into ocean in next few months, says Japan

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

The controversial release of more than a million tonnes of water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will begin in the northern spring or summer, Japan’s government has said – a move that has sparked anger among local fishing communities and countries in the region. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Weather tracker: record rain for California, -62C in Siberia

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

Over the past couple of weeks, California has seen the effects of a persistent atmospheric river bringing in constant spells of rain from the Pacific across the state. Meanwhile, extreme cold has swept across Russia, with an extraordinarily cold -62.1C recorded in the remote town of Dzhalinda in Siberia on Tuesday 10 January. This is the first time temperatures have fallen to -62C in Siberia since 2002. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: ‘World’s longest river cruise’ could threaten endangered Ganges dolphin, experts warn

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, has officially launched the “world’s longest river cruise” from the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The luxury voyage will last 51 days, travelling 3,200km via Dhaka in Bangladesh to Dibrugarh in Assam, crossing 27 river systems. Click here to continue reading

Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrates Government of Yukon’s newly released wetland policy

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Water Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) extends congratulations to the Government of Yukon for the release of a Policy for the Stewardship of Yukon’s Wetlands, the territory’s first ever wetland policy. DUC has been involved in the development of the policy since efforts began in 2017, joining other conservation organizations, Indigenous communities, industry and the public in guiding the policy to what it is today, offering comments and information to support a well-informed final version that will enhance wetland knowledge, management and protection throughout the territory. Click here to continue reading

Season for critical northern Ontario ice road getting shorter, says road builder

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

The ice road connects the community of Moose Factory, along the James Bay Coast, to the provincial highway system. It allows people and commercial vehicles to more easily reach larger centres to the south, such as Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury. Click here to continue reading

Weak snowpack in Alberta and B.C. mountains prompt avalanche danger warnings

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

A weak snowpack that’s typically only seen once in a decade or two has safety experts urging people to be extra careful if they plan on visiting the mountains in Alberta and B.C. Conditions vary across the mountain ranges, but Avalanche Canada says people should take a very conservative approach in and near avalanche terrain. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Subway stations near river tunnels have worst air quality

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Science Daily

Subway riders waiting in stations near tunnels that run below the city’s rivers are exposed to higher levels of hazardous pollutants than are found in other stations. The ‘river-tunnel effect,’ as researchers call it, may help explain extremely poor air quality in the nation’s largest underground transit system and have particular implications for stations close to rivers in general. Click here to continue reading

Weak snowpack causing increased risk of avalanches in Alberta, B.C.

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CTV News

Forecasters expect avalanche danger to be a persistent problem in Alberta and British Columbia this winter and are urging outdoor enthusiasts to beware of the backcountry. Simon Horton, senior forecaster with Avalanche Canada, says the snowpack is unusually weak due to long periods of cold, dry weather in November and December. Click here to continue reading

Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

The world’s oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, demonstrating the profound and pervasive changes that human-caused emissions have made to the planet’s climate. Click here to continue reading

Snowpack a ‘house of cards,’ says Avalanche Canada after death of off-duty Nelson police officer

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

A backcountry avalanche in southeastern British Columbia that killed an off-duty police officer and injured another comes at a time when Avalanche Canada says the snowpack across much of Western Canada is unusually weak. Click here to continue reading

Manitoba Government announces additional funding to Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Water Canada

The Manitoba government has contributed an additional $794,000 to the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) to further build its capacity to support projects that promote the sustainable use and proactive management of fish and wildlife populations and habitat throughout the province, Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Landscaping for drought: We’re doing it wrong

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Science Daily

Despite recent, torrential rains, most of Southern California remains in a drought. Accordingly, many residents plant trees prized for drought tolerance, but a new study shows that these trees lose this tolerance once they’re watered. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: ‘Cool’: nine-year-old finds rare, ancient shark tooth on Maryland beach

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

For Christmas, nine-year-old Molly Sampson and her sister Natalie, 17, asked their parents for one thing: insulated waders, to “go shark’s-tooth hunting like professionals”, said Molly’s mother, Alicia Sampson. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California grapples with cleanup, fallout from deadly storms

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

CBC News

Laurie Morse shovelled wet sand into bags in the pouring rain Wednesday, preparing to stack them along her garage in a last-ditch effort to keep out a rising creek on California’s central coast, as the storm-ravaged state braced for another round of lashing rains and damaging winds. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: World’s large dams could lose quarter of capacity by 2050, says UN

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Guardian

Thousands of the world’s large dams are so clogged with sediment that they risk losing more than a quarter of their storage capacity by 2050, UN researchers have concluded, warning of the threat to water security. Click here to continue reading

Managing river restoration and coastal erosion

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

Science Daily

As a river cuts through a landscape, it can operate like a conveyer belt, moving truckloads of sediment over time. Knowing how quickly or slowly this sediment flows can help engineers plan for the downstream impact of restoring a river or removing a dam. But the models currently used to estimate sediment flow can be off by a wide margin. Click here to continue reading

Prince Rupert port set to ban cruise ships from dumping contaminated wastewater

PUBLISHED: 13 January 2023

The Northern View

A second port on Canada’s West Coast is proposing a ban on cruise ships dumping contaminated and acidic wastewater while docked to protect the marine environment. Click here to continue reading

City of Hamilton finds even more sewage has been flowing into Lake Ontario since 1996

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

CBC News

The City of Hamilton has discovered even more sewage has been flowing directly into the Hamilton Harbour since 1996 — and it may not be the last leak the city finds. The news was announced Monday, seven weeks after the city said it had discovered roughly 337 million litres of sewage had spilled into the harbourfront since 1996. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Banks and countries pledge over $9bn to rebuild Pakistan after catastrophic floods

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

The Guardian

The international community has promised more than $9bn (£7.4bn) to help Pakistan rebuild after last summer’s catastrophic floods, described by UN secretary general António Guterres as a “monsoon on steroids.” Click here to continue reading

Kings County residents to benefit from improved water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

Water Canada

Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, the Honourable John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, His Worship Peter Muttart, Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Kings, and Angela Cruickshank, Commission Chair for the Village of Canning, have announced more than $10.5 million joint funding for two wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California faces prospect of more storms with 14 dead so far

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

CBC News

California saw no relief from drenching rains early Tuesday, as the latest in a relentless string of storms continued to swamp roads and batter coastlines with high surf, turning rivers into gushing flood zones and forcing the evacuation of thousands in towns with histories of deadly mudslides. At least 14 people have died since the storms began last week. Click here to continue reading

Cambridge Bay residents lend a hand — and a Bobcat — to create ice rink on the sea

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

CBC News

There might not be an available arena in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, right now, but the community isn’t without a rink this winter, thanks to some helpful residents. Keith Lear started plowing out a rink on the sea ice in front of the community, inspired by another resident, Naikak Hakongak, who has been shovelling out a place to skate in recent years. Click here to continue reading

Stettler Regional Board of Trade planning first annual ice-fishing derby on Buffalo Lake

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2023

Sylvan Lake News

The staff behind Stettler’s Regional Board of Trade (BOT) are hard at work behind the scenes to bring new projects to the region, making it a true tourist destination. Currently, a committee under the BOT is planning the Big Jack Classic ice-fishing derby on Buffalo Lake over the Family Day weekend in February. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Great Salt Lake will disappear in 5 years without massive ‘emergency rescue,’ scientists say

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

CNN

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is facing “unprecedented danger,” experts say, as it has fallen to an alarmingly low level amid a climate change-fueled megadrought that’s tightening its grip in the West. Click here to continue reading

Wastewater data suggests recent rise of COVID-19 in Lethbridge

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

Global News

Since September 2020, the City of Lethbridge has been participating in COVID-19 tracking to detect levels of the virus present in fecal matter within the community’s wastewater. Click here to continue reading

Marine plankton tell the long story of ocean health, and maybe human too

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

Science Daily 

Researchers suggest that rising levels of humanmade chemicals, accumulating in marine plankton, might be used to monitor the impact of human activity on ecosystem health and perhaps study links between ocean pollution and land-based rates of childhood and adult chronic illnesses. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Bomb cyclones to atmospheric rivers: what’s causing the California deluge?

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

The Guardian 

More destructive downpours are in store for California next week as the sodden state continues to grapple with the effects of a very wet start to the year. Click here to continue reading

Meet the scientists and their underwater drones tackling the ‘weirdly complicated’ world of ocean carbon

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

CBC News

It’s that rarest of rare conditions along coastal Newfoundland: a dead calm day. It’s not fish they’re after. The object awaiting them looks like a mashup between a torpedo, a banana, and a Dash 8 — a type of underwater drone, called a glider. Click here to continue reading

Looking to get into lobster fishing? You’ll need deep pockets

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

CBC News

If you’re looking to purchase a lobster fleet — licence, boat and gear — it may cost you more than you think. There’s a range, and the price depends on the harbour where the person selling the fleet has been fishing. For example, the price could be higher if it’s being bought from a harbour that’s seen higher lobster catches. Click here to continue reading

Eco-friendly materials capable of purifying water at high speed with inexpensive raw materials

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

Science Daily

A team developed photothermal porous polymer capable of ultra-fast adsorption and removal of phenolic microplastics and VOC contaminants in water. Showing the potential as a next-generation water purification material made of inexpensive raw materials, and ultra-high removal efficiency through solar-based purification process. Click here to continue reading

How a former ski hill in southern Alberta has become an important key to climate study

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

CBC News

Virtually every snowflake that falls on Fortress Mountain in the Kananaskis region is recorded and watched. The Centre for Hydrology’s Coldwater laboratory is made up of stations with instruments placed on the ridges, glaciers, valleys, and creeks in the Alberta Rockies. Click here to continue reading

Government of Canada provides disaster recovery funding to Saskatchewan for spring floods

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

Water Canada

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in Canada, and in 2013, significant spring flooding in Saskatchewan caused major damage to homes, municipalities, First Nation communities, agricultural structures, small businesses, and to both public and private infrastructure across much of the province. Click here to continue reading

The complex relationship between climate change and the ski industry

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

CBC News

While some effects of climate change are pretty obvious — the heat dome of 2021, crippling droughts, major flood events and historic fire seasons — changes on Canada’s ski hills through the decades have been a little more subtle. Click here to continue reading

LuminUltra participates in innovative wastewater surveillance pilot project at Toronto Pearson

PUBLISHED: 09 January 2023

Water Canada

LuminUltra has partnered with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to implement a cutting-edge, on-site laboratory to perform wastewater surveillance testing at Pearson International Airport. Click here to continue reading

Climate change could cause ‘disaster’ in the world’s oceans

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Science Daily

Climate change will slow down deep overturning ocean circulation in the coming centuries. Using three dozen Earth system models, researchers have concluded that the Southern Meridional Overturning Circulation could completely shut down by 2300, causing disaster to the marine ecosystem on a large portion of the planet. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: How climate change impacts the Indian Ocean dipole, leading to severe droughts and floods

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Science Daily

Researchers now have a much better understanding of how climate change can impact and cause sea water temperatures on one side of the Indian Ocean to be so much warmer or cooler than the temperatures on the other — a phenomenon that can lead to sometimes deadly weather-related events like megadroughts in East Africa and severe flooding in Indonesia. Click here to continue reading

Watersheds find themselves in the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

The Western Producer

Watershed and water conservation organizations once operated in the dull and dusty corners of rural stewardship, doing worthy work but getting little recognition. That’s all changed now, with both federal and provincial governments pouncing on regional water and watershed organizations to deliver some of their highest-profile and biggest-dollar rural environmental programs. Click here to continue reading

Recent snowfall bodes well for soil moisture

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

The Western Producer

The snowfall that accumulated across much of Alberta and Saskatchewan this season, as well as the rainfall that fell on southern portions of the Prairies over Christmas, will help recharge soil moisture levels. Click here to continue reading

Half of glaciers will be gone by 2100 even under Paris 1.5C accord, study finds

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

The Guardian

Half the planet’s glaciers will have melted by 2100 even if humanity sticks to goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, according to research that finds the scale and impacts of glacial loss are greater than previously thought. At least half of that loss will happen in the next 30 years. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Argentine drought, winter wheat seen as risks

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

The Western Producer

Twenty-eight percent of Argentina’s corn and soybean crops were rated poor or very poor as of the end of December. Soil moisture was rated 44 percent short or very short for soybeans and 36 percent for corn. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Spring sunny heat waves caused record snow melt in 2021, adding to severe water supply impacts across the Western US

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Science Daily

Researchers examine the role of spring heatwaves on the melting rates of mountain snowpacks across the West. They found that in April 2021, record-breaking snowmelt rates occurred at 24% of all mountain snowpack monitoring sites in the region, further compounding the impacts of extended drought conditions. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Fears US supreme court could radically reshape clean water rules

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

The Guardian

A 15-year legal tussle over a tiny plot of land near a lake in northern Idaho could culminate in the US supreme court drastically reshaping clean water laws across the country, with a decision by the conservative-dominated court now looming. Click here to continue reading

Manitoba launches EngageMB survey to inform new water action plan

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Water Canada

The Manitoba government announced the launch of online public engagement to seek input for the first water strategy action plan under the new water management strategy. “We’re inviting all Manitobans to provide feedback and help identify priorities for our province’s first water management strategy action plan,” said Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton. Click here to continue reading

Federal funding for flood risk reduction in Edmonton

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Water Canada

The Government of Canada and the City of Edmonton has announced more than $22 million in federal funding to help reduce flood risk and damage in Edmonton. The project includes improvements that will help mitigate potential flooding hazards at the city’s Dece. Three new backwater prevention outfall gates will prevent river water from flowing back into the wastewater treatment plant during storm events, and a flood barrier along the northern edge of the plant will minimize flooding risks. Click here to continue reading

FREDsense water quality test kit finds infection in wastewater to guide communities in fighting disease

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Water Canada

FREDsense announced this week that it is showing positive results from a pilot in Israel involving its patented FRED-Extract System. Taking a giant leap forward in community monitoring for infectious diseases in wastewater and in the field of wastewater epidemiology, an in-field pilot shows lab-comparable water quality test results at 20 per cent of the regular costs and in half the wait time. Click here to continue reading

Alberta government won’t release data on snowpack contamination from coal mines

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

CTV News

The Alberta government is refusing to release information on toxic contaminants in snowpacks downwind from mountaintop removal coal mines. The data was collected by two senior provincial government scientists who conducted research into the impact of windblown dust from mines in British Columbia on a pristine Alberta alpine lake. Click here to continue reading

Global food prices in 2022 hit record high amid drought, war

PUBLISHED: 06 January 2023

Ponoka News

Global prices for food commodities like grain and vegetable oils were the highest on record last year even after falling for nine months in a row, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said, as Russia’s war in Ukraine, drought and other factors drove up inflation and worsened hunger worldwide. Click here to continue reading

Positive cattle message can be difficult to deliver

PUBLISHED: 05 January 2023

The Western Producer

High intensity grazing and short duration grazing as part of a rotational strategy can have positive effects on forage growth and for local water quality, wildlife and biodiversity, but it hasn’t been easy getting climate change advocates onboard. Click here to continue reading

First step taken to establish new Indigenous protected and conserved area around Great Bear Lake

PUBLISHED: 05 January 2023

Water Canada

Tsá Tué is the eighth largest lake in the world, and it is culturally significant for the Dene peoples and ecologically valuable for Canada. The lake straddles the Arctic Circle and is surrounded by boreal forest. The lake is larger than 31,000 km2, which represents approximately 0.3 percent of Canada’s land mass, and is one of the most ecologically intact ecosystems in the world. Click here to continue reading

Edmonton firefighters on North Saskatchewan River for winter water rescue training

PUBLISHED: 05 January 2023

Global News

Over the next couple of weeks, Edmontonians might notice firefighters doing winter swift water rescue training on the North Saskatchewan River. Winter swift water rescue operations are among “the highest risk activities for fire rescue personnel,” EFRS said. Click here to continue reading

Beaver activity improves water-holding capacity

PUBLISHED: 05 January 2023

The Western Producer

For higher water retention, erosion control, greater biodiversity, increased pollinators, fire resilience and more vital land systems, farmers might consider looking to the beaver. From dams to lodges to excavated canals, beaver activity can lead to a nine-fold increase in open water, raising the water table and making more water available to vegetation over a larger area and increasing the amount of time water spends in the flood plain. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California declares state of emergency over ‘truly brutal’ storm

PUBLISHED: 05 January 2023

The Guardian

Millions of Californians are being lashed by yet another destructive winter storm that arrived on Wednesday, with meteorologists warning the “truly brutal” weather system would bring flooding, strong winds and power outages over the coming days. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California snowpack off to great start amid severe drought

PUBLISHED: 04 January 2023

ABC News

The snowpack covering California’s mountains is off to one of its best starts in 40 years, officials announced Tuesday, raising hopes that the drought-stricken state could soon see relief in the spring when the snow melts and begins to refill parched reservoirs. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: California braces for wide-scale damage from fresh ‘truly brutal’ storm

PUBLISHED: 04 January 2023

The Guardian

Millions of Californians are bracing for another soaking, as the next set of severe storms is forecast to hammer the state through the end of the week. In a stormy start to the year, where heavy rains and howling winds have already toppled trees and caused cascades down streets and hillsides resulting in wide-scale damage and one confirmed fatality, the incoming system is threatening to wreak even more havoc. Click here to continue reading

‘A very unique thing’: This ski lift at a B.C. resort is completely encased in ice

PUBLISHED: 04 January 2023

CTV News

A ski lift at a B.C. resort is completely encased in ice after back-to-back storms over the Christmas holiday, and crews have now begun the difficult task of manually chipping it all away. Photos have been posted online by Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan, showing the seats, ropes, tower, and terminals of the Falcon Chair – all turned a dazzling white, looking almost as if they’ve been sculpted out of snow. Click here to continue reading

Extreme cold, water leak cause parkade ceiling break: West Edmonton Mall

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

Edmonton Journal

A recent break in the ceiling of a West Edmonton Mall parkade is the result of wayward water and frigid cold, a spokesperson for the shopping centre says. Click here to continue reading

Veteran urges Ottawa to extend the deadline for contaminated water compensation

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

A veteran is urging the federal government to extend the deadline to apply for compensation for military personnel who drank contaminated water coming from a Canadian forces base. Click here to continue reading

UN to recognize glacier preservation in 2025 thanks to Canadian researchers

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to declare 2025 the International Year of Glaciers’ Preservation — a concept Coldwater Lab director John Pomeroy says is rooted close to home in Canmore, Alta. The declaration is something researchers in Canada hope will help wake up the world that it needs to change course. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Avalanche in Austria leaves 4 injured as search efforts continue

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Police said Monday they believe no one is missing after a Christmas Day avalanche that swept across a ski trail near the town of Zuers in western Austria. First responders initially assumed as many as 10 people could be buried based on cellphone video from a witness showing the group near the avalanche that covered 500 metres of the trail near the 2,700-metre Trittkopf mountain, police in the Vorarlberg region said in a statement. Click here to continue reading

The mission to find water on the moon has eyes in Edmonton

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

Edmonton Journal

Ice isn’t generally a welcome sight for vehicles on the road, but a mission to put one on the moon is counting on it. Canada plans to launch its first rover as early as 2026. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) describes the project as an opportunity to develop technologies for deep-space missions, and find a valuable resource to help make those happen. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Heavy snow in Japan leaves 17 dead, dozens injured

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Powerful winter fronts have dumped heavy snow in northern regions since last week, stranding hundreds of vehicles on highways, delaying delivery services and causing 11 deaths by Saturday. More snowfall over the Christmas weekend brought the number of dead to 17 and injured to 93 by Monday morning, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Click here to continue reading

Dolphins delight with return to B.C. waters, but some see ‘invasive species’

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CTV News

After 100 years of absence, large numbers of Pacific white-sided dolphins are back in the northern part of British Columbia’s Salish Sea. But while their return is being greeted by some with delight, the head of a commercial fisheries group is dismayed by the appearance of what he calls an “invasive species,” alongside increasing numbers of seals and sea lions. Click here to continue reading

What one region’s water level woes reveal about climate change and the St. Lawrence River

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

The St. Lawrence Seaway is an economic powerhouse; not only the lifeblood of local life and tourism in the many towns that overlook its shores, but a major trade artery relied on for commercial shipping between Montreal and Lake Ontario. But the river is changing. Click here to continue reading

Oji-Cree First Nation frustrated as majority of community members ineligible for drinking-water settlement

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Leaders from an Oji-Cree First Nation in Treaty 9 in Ontario say they want the Canadian government to take action to properly compensate all their community members enduring a long-term boil-water advisory, after learning most of them won’t be eligible for a class action settlement. Click here to continue reading

Windsor photographer helps ducks stuck to the ice during the weekend snowstorm

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

After the snow, ice and cold winds hit southwestern Ontario, photographer Donny Moore wanted to go out to get shots of the winter scene. He and his friends went out to Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ont., to capture the view. Dressed in a snowsuit, face mask, goggles, gloves, and spikes on their shoes, they ventured into the park Saturday as the winds whipped at the shoreline. Click here to continue reading

Rare ice formations caused by winter storm draw hundreds of visitors to this Ontario town

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Hundreds of people have been travelling to the Ontario community of Port Stanley, on the shores of Lake Erie, to view a rare and icy byproduct of the winter storm that hit the region over the weekend. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Biden administration drafts new rules to protect streams and wetlands

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

The Guardian

The Biden administration on Friday finalized regulations to protect hundreds of thousands of streams, wetlands and other waterways, repealing a Trump-era rule federal courts threw out and environmentalists said left waterways vulnerable to pollution. Click here to continue reading

‘It’s quite remarkable’: Halifax is about to set a record for lack of snow

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Halifax hasn’t seen any snowbanks or snowplows so far this winter, and the lack of lasting flakes is about to break a record. Saturday will break the record for the latest date into winter without having at least two centimetres of snow on the ground at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, according to Jim Abraham, president of the Canadian Meteorological Oceanographic Society. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Major flooding from storm prompts evacuation warnings in California

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Evacuation warnings were in place in rural Northern California on New Year’s Day after a powerful storm brought drenching rain or heavy snowfall to much of the state, breaching levees, snarling traffic and closing major highways. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Biden declares Arizona floods a federal disaster for Havasupai tribe

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

The Guardian

The White House has made a federal disaster declaration for the Havasupai Native American tribe that mainly lives deep inside the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as the community prepares to reopen tourist access to its famous turquoise waterfalls next month. Click here to continue reading

Staying hydrated is linked to lower disease risk, lower risk of dying early, study finds

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CTV News

You may know that being adequately hydrated is important for day-to-day bodily functions such as regulating temperature and maintaining skin health. But drinking enough water is also associated with a significantly lower risk of developing chronic diseases, a lower risk of dying early or lower risk of being biologically older than your chronological age, according to a National Institutes of Health study. Click here to continue reading

Warm weather and rain dampen winter sport enthusiasm

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

CBC News

Rain, fog and warm weather have shuttered ski hills across Quebec — prompting concern that mild weather will dampen ski hill operators’ hopes of a snowy season. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Grassy slopes in the Alps? European slopes facing snow shortage in record warm winter

PUBLISHED: 03 January 2023

Los Angeles Times

Much of the Alps just don’t look right for this time of year. Sparse snowfall and unseasonably warm winter weather in much of Europe is allowing grass to blanket mountaintops across the region where snow might normally be, causing headaches for ski slope operators and aficionados of Alpine white. Click here to continue reading