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The Guardian

Tennesseans were surveying the mangled wreckage of towns and communities across the middle of the state on Monday, after a record-breaking deluge caused flash flooding that swept away houses, shattered lives and left at least 22 people dead and many more missing. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Crews are making progress against several destructive wildfires in British Columbia even as the latest statistics show the total number of fires in the province is edging toward 300 again. Data from the Ministry of Forests and Emergency Management BC show more than 8,500 square kilometres of land has been lost since the start of the fire season on April 1. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer

Water quality issues arise when the spring runoff is limited and showers don’t arrive to replenish evaporation and use. Prairie farmers are feeling the impact of dry wells and empty dugouts as far east as the Manitoba-Ontario border. At an enormous cost, ranchers are buying big-volume tanker trailers to haul water to dugouts. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer

The USDA is forecasting 16 million tonnes of Canadian canola production, down 4.2 million tonnes from its July estimate. The International Grains Council recently tweeted that Canadian canola production will be little changed from last year’s 18.7 million tonnes despite worsening drought due to a three-year high in plantings. But the USDA said satellite-based maps show the vegetative health of the canola crop has “deteriorated substantially” due to abnormally hot temperatures and below normal precipitation. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

A boil water advisory for northern parts of Okotoks, Alta., in effect since Monday has been lifted after the town flushed affected areas of the system and completed tests to confirm the safety of the water. Before resuming normal water use, however, households need to flush water pipes, storage systems and plumbing appliances, according to Alberta Health Services. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Rain has fallen on the summit of Greenland’s huge ice cap for the first time on record. Temperatures are normally well below freezing on the 3,216-metre (10,551ft) peak. Scientists at the US National Science Foundation’s summit station had no gauges to measure the fall because the precipitation was so unexpected. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

A bike ride of 10,000 kilometres, scheduled to last 65 days to raise funds for 65 water wells in Africa, rolled through Calgary Thursday. Estimates are that 785 million people on this planet do not currently have access to clean water and, on average, a person dies every 90 seconds from a preventable water-related disease. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Urban environments are not always friendly to waterways. They're typically a catch all for harmful, man-made pollutants, everything from fertilizer to harmful chemicals. But a group of volunteers lead by CreekWatch Tributary Stormwater Monitoring staff take weekly water samples from five creeks and two rivers in Calgary. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

Farmers in the Maritimes are pitching in to help their drought-stricken Prairie counterparts facing a “devastating” situation. On his farm in the Annapolis valley north of Halifax on Tuesday, Tim Marsh was busy baling hay that will ship out later this week, destined for struggling ranchers in the West. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

After a lengthy dry spell, the Calgary area received as much rain Tuesday morning as would be expected for first half of August. Kyle Fougere, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said that 30 millimetres of precipitation had already fallen on the city by about 11 a.m. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Roy Newman's family has been farming the same land southeast of Calgary for nearly 120 years, but he says this growing season certainly stands out. What it is that devastated the crops is a combination of higher than normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation. By Newman's account, it's one of the worst years he's experienced. Click here to continue reading