Ecohydrology at the University of Waterloo

Integrating Environmental Water Research Across Multi Scales and Disciplines 

Water is our most precious natural resource. All human activities, from agriculture and industrial processes to domestic uses, depend on water of sufficient quantity and quality. This is also true for natural ecosystems. In contrast to highly visible water quantity stressors, such as flash floods and prolonged droughts, changes in water quality are often more gradual and more difficult to detect, and their cumulative impacts more difficult to predict and manage. Water quality deterioration, however, poses more pervasive and chronic risks to the economy, human health and the ecological life-support systems of the planet.  

Water quality degradation is a global phenomenon. In Canada, for example, harmful and nuisance algal blooms are a persistent problem for many freshwater bodies, including the iconic Laurentian Great Lakes, while many of our First Nations communities still live under drinking water advisories. Globally, awareness is also growing that climate change adaptation must be an integral part of planning and implementing effective water management policies and practices.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

ERG members attend IAGLR 2024

The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) hosted the 67th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research on May 24-27 in Windsor, Ontario. The conference’s theme was Shared Lakes: One Water, One Health.

The first annual meeting of the “Adaptive management of green stormwater infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from urban watersheds” project was held on Friday May 10, 2024, at the CIGI campus in uptown Waterloo. The aim of the annual meeting was to review the progress of the work completed over the last year, and exchange ideas about further integration among the different work packages, while deepening collaborations with the external partners.

Members of a University of Waterloo delegation, including Stephanie Slowinski, Research Biogeochemist in ERG, attended the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (INC-4) in Ottawa from April 23 to 29.