Nova Scotia wants public to weigh in on fish farming as industry aims to expand in East Coast waters

Canada’s National Observer

As the aquaculture industry pushes for more salmon farming on the East Coast, public comment has opened for Nova Scotians to weigh in. The province hopes its review, which is already underway, will “identify ways to improve the regulations so they support the low-impact, sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry.” Changes will be implemented in 2023 or 2024. The public has until Sept. 6 to provide feedback, answering questions such as, “What factors are important to you in how aquaculture is regulated in Nova Scotia?” Click here to continue reading

Ontario nature organizations call on province, feds to protect Great Lakes

Canada’s National Observer

Over 60 nature organizations in Ontario have signed a letter calling on both the federal and provincial governments to officially protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are a key resource in Canada. They hold 84 per cent of North America’s freshwater, are home to thousands of species and support millions of people. It has been a long-standing Parks Canada goal to protect them, but only the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron and Lake Superior have been conserved thus far. Click here to continue reading

Metro Vancouver gets funding for heat recovery project

Water Canada

Metro Vancouver has been granted funding for a heat recovery project at the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project will recover heat from treated sewage for use in plant operations, while increasing renewable natural gas production. The project is receiving funding from the federal and provincial governments through the second intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund under the green infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Click here to continue reading

Saskatoon exploring second water treatment plant to serve future population

Water Canada

Since it was established in 1906, Saskatoon’s Water Treatment Plant has been expanded to a treatment capacity of 250 million litres per day (MLD). The plant, along with reservoirs and pump stations, serve the city and several surrounding municipal and rural customers. The Water Treatment Long Term Capital Strategy will go before the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services. The report highlights the current and future steps needed to increase treatment capacity. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Swiss mountain pass will lose all glacier ice ‘in a few weeks’ for first time in centuries

The Guardian

The thick layer of ice that has covered a Swiss mountain pass for centuries will have melted away completely within a few weeks, according to a local ski resort. After a dry winter, the summer heatwaves hitting Europe have been catastrophic for the Alpine glaciers, which have been melting at an accelerated rate. The pass between Scex Rouge and Tsanfleuron has been iced over since at least the Roman era. Click here to continue reading

No environmental review for Alta. irrigation project

The Western Producer

The federal government is rejecting calls from several Alberta-based naturalist groups that seek an environmental assessment of reservoirs connected to the province’s nearly $1 billion irrigation modernization project. Part of that project would see work on four reservoirs connected to the massive upgrade — Chin and Snake Lake expansions as well as a new Deadhorse Coulee reservoir and a fourth, yet-to-be identified, project. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Water levels run low, farmland parched amid European drought

CBC News

Water levels in rivers, lakes and reservoirs across western Europe are running low, or even dry, amid the most severe drought in decades, putting stress on drinking water supplies, hampering river freight and tourism and threatening crop yields. The Doubs River should flow through a forested canyon and cascade over waterfalls before spilling out into Brenets Lake, a draw for tourists in eastern France’s Jura region. But after months without meaningful rain, the river water has receded up the canyon and sluggishly reaches the lake in a narrow channel. Click here to continue reading

Alberta farmers hope for more rain as heat wave blankets province

CBC News

While Alberta farmers are optimistic about their crops this year thanks to the incessant rainfall earlier in the summer, they hope the current heat wave doesn’t last much longer. Alberta farmers suffered through a devastating drought last year. The heat dome that dried out crops led to record amounts of insurance claims. Recent heat warnings in parts of southern Alberta saw temperatures reach 35 C. Click here to continue reading



Compare and Contrast: Can citizen scientists turn the tide against America’s toxic algal blooms?

The Guardian

As ocean surface waters are forecast to continue to warm, potentially larger and more dangerous red tide events loom as well as blooms of other types of harmful algae. Toxic blooms have been seen in Australia, South Africa and Japan, and coastal regions around the world now face the risk of “unprecedented diversity and frequency” of these events, according to the US National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: No hosepipe ban at No 10, as ministers call for water restrictions

The Guardian

Downing Street has no plan to put a hosepipe ban in place in and around the prime minister’s residence, the Guardian can reveal, despite ministers calling for water companies to enforce restrictions. Thames Water, which supplies No 10, said on Tuesday it would be putting water rationing in place in the coming weeks due to the extended dry conditions. Click here to continue reading