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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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Stormwater Management Cooperative (CSMI)

December 2020's incorporation of the Stormwater Management Cooperative (CSMI) marks the establishment of an innovative and collaborative approach for regional protection against the impacts of severe weather in southern Alberta. Click here to continue reading

Guardian

Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fibre known as “Neptune balls”, researchers have found. With no help from humans, the swaying plants – anchored to shallow seabeds – may collect nearly 900m plastic items in the Mediterranean alone every year, a study reported in the journal Scientific Reports said. Click here to continue reading

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has responded to seven North Saskatchewan river rescue calls over the last two weeks, nearly a 50 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

An Alberta-based company is launching a new line of canned water, with the source coming from beneath Fortress Mountain Resort, but not everyone is enthused about the move. Rök Glacier Water is partnering with Rapid Ascent Brewing in Calgary to produce the new drinks after getting approval from the province last year. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

If your house does experience a flood, there’s a good chance your floors are a total loss. Drywall can be dried, but exterior walls pose a problem. “Exterior walls, they sometimes have insulation in them which might get wet,” said Baker. “If it does get wet behind, we prefer to remove the drywall given that your R-rating might be effected.” Click here to continue reading

Global News

The Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator launched Monday. It will provide up to $600,000 a year in rebates to homeowners who make renovations that increase the energy efficiency of their house. The city says the average household could receive around $1,500 in rebates. Click here to continue reading

Eos Science News by AGU

Conservationists recognize that virtual water does nothing to address environmental concerns surrounding extraction and sustainable use. In research presented at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2020, scientists from the University of Alberta in Canada added their voices to those finding the concept of virtual water trade problematic. Click here to continue reading

Guardian

A broad coalition of organizations is urging Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to mandate a national moratorium on water and other utility shutoffs on day one in the White House, in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19 and ease the financial burden on struggling Americans. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

A southwest Calgary couple has found an inventive way to skip the lines at the ski resort this winter by turning their backyard into their own ski hill.  It's only 300 feet (91 metres), so about the size of a bunny hill, but still gets the kids up and down in a jiffy. Click here to continue reading

Global News

The recent warm weather is posing a challenge for people and crews around the city. Freeze-thaw cycles have created icy road conditions and city council has heard some concerns, specifically about residential roads. Ward 1 councillor Andrew Knack said there hasn’t been enough snow to do any residential blading and crews are tackling icy roads on a one-off basis. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Under the scope of the project, nearly half of the budget will go toward improving underground utilities such as the sewer and irrigation systems. Dumont said another potential benefit of the rehabilitation project is improving the water quality of the lake in Hawrelak Park. Click here to continue reading

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