Breaking boundaries in water research

Ranked among the top water research institutions in the world, the Water Institute is a leader in water research and education.

Distinguished by its commitment to 1) facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, 2) inspiring innovation and 3) building international partnerships, the Water Institute is tackling some of the most complex water challenges of our time.

  1. Aug. 11, 2022Water Institute member Larry Swatuk’s latest book offers best practices for avoiding Day Zero
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    Water Institute member Larry Swatuk, professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, School of Planning and Department of Geography and Environmental Management, and School of Planning alumna Corrine Cash, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Environment, Mount Allison University, have a new book out offering best practices for avoiding Day Zero.

  2. Aug. 11, 2022Stormwater management ponds may not hold the solution for depleting wetlands
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    A University of Waterloo Press Release.

    Relying on stormwater management (SWM) ponds to restore the depleting wetlands is not sustainable and lacks the critical ecosystem services vital for biodiversity, a new study found.

    With the continued losses of wetlands projected in the near future and emphasis on the underestimation of provincial wetland loss, the study captures the contributions of SWM ponds in a changing network of water bodies and the effects of land use and land cover in this change. 

  3. Aug. 10, 2022Building resilience for a future of climate change
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    Political scientist Daniel Henstra speaks to AMO on how Ontario municipalities can prepare for climate impacts

    By Jon Parsons, University Relations

    Climate change is such a huge issue that it can be difficult to even know where to start.

    It involves sophisticated science and mountains of data, as well as social, political and economic implications that intersect with various academic disciplines.

    But for Daniel Henstra, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the co-lead of Waterloo’s Climate Risk Research Group, climate change is an immediate and practical matter.

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  1. Sep. 14, 2022Canada’s water resources: How valuable are they?
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    As part of the Water Institute's 
    Webinar Series: The Value of Water in Canada 

    Robert Smith, Principal, Midsummer Analytics presents:

    Canada’s water resources: How valuable are they?

  2. Sep. 19, 2022Sustainable Futures Initiative launch event
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    The University of Waterloo's Sustainable Futures Initiative brings together the Water Institute, Waterloo Climate Institute, and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy to catalyze holistic approaches to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on the interconnections between energy, climate and water.

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