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Global News

Boil water advisories have been lifted in several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray’s Lower Townsite area. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo had initially said the boil water advisory could be in place until September, after spring flooding led to the river levels reaching an elevation where it went the wrong way down an overflow pipe and mixed river and drinking water. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

Approximately 882 goldfish were culled from an Anders storm retention pond this spring. To call this non-native species a good breeder would be an understatement: “They are very prolific,” said Tim Ainscough, the City of Red Deer’s environmental services manager. Click here to continue reading

International Airport Review

Edmonton International Airport is Canada’s largest airport by land size and fifth busiest airport with 8.1 million passengers in 2019. With just under 7,000 acres of property, EIA is surrounded by farm fields and industrial developments just to the south of the City of Edmonton. With so much land, water management is a priority both for safety but also to meet stringent regulations from the Government of Alberta. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

The City of Calgary has issued an advisory cautioning against boating or floating on the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Thunderstorms and melting snow upstream have increased flow rates, the city said in a release issued Monday, and everyone is asked to stay off the rivers until the advisory is lifted. Click here to continue reading

National Observer

The rains soaked southern Alberta for days, unrelenting, saturating soil already sodden with melting snow — and before long Calgary was awash as rivers overflowed their banks. The province described the 2013 flood as the worst in its history, but it might not be for long. Research from Environment Canada shows that climate change is behind more extreme rainfalls in Canada and suggests the problem is likely to get worse. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Several small towns in Alberta are dealing with flooded homes, streets and buildings on Monday after a weekend of severe weather brought heavy rain to parts of the province. Residents of the hamlet of Exshaw are trying to recover what they can after the rain, along with melting snow in the nearby Rocky Mountains, exacerbated an already growing flood problem. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Officials are once again asking people to stay away from the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the water level is about a metre higher than normal, and the flow rate is double the usual rate, making it unsafe.Click here to continue reading

Global News

A nationwide investigation that exposed the prevalence of lead contamination in drinking water has been honoured by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Tainted Water received the group’s award for data journalism during a ceremony hosted via Zoom on Saturday. Click here to continue reading

East Central Alberta Review

Special Areas shared their report on the recent public consultation for the Special Areas Water Supply Project (SAWSP). This report summarizes feedback provided during March’s consultation, including what people thought the next steps should be for the project. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Millions of tons of manure from Minnesota’s animal feedlots is a risk to consumer health as it threatens to raise nitrate and phosphorus levels in the state’s rivers, lakes and drinking water, a study has found. Click here to continue reading

Fort McMurray Today

Council has deferred a motion that would have paused work on most capital projects in the lower townsite until the flood mitigation project is complete. If approved, this would include work associated with the downtown revitalization and waterfront advisory committees. Click here to continue reading