Breaking boundaries in water research

Ranked among the top 10 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. Nov. 8, 2018Economics students participate in experiential learning at wastewater treatment plant students at wastewater treatment plant

    Last year Waterloo's Department of Economics launched a new graduate and undergraduate elective course on Water Resources Economics (ECON 484/673). The course was developed and taught by Economics professor and executive director of the Water Institute, Roy Brouwer. Although water is often an applied topic in environmental or resource economics courses, offering water resources economics as a full academic course is relatively new.

  2. Nov. 7, 2018In the media: Removing biggest fish from N.W.T. lakes may reduce toxic mercury risk, researchers saywater institute members in the media button

    This article was written by Michael Hugall for CBC News 

    Researchers aim to limit the amount of mercury in the ecosystem in the Northwest Territories by removing contaminated fish from lakes, leaving young, healthy fish to grow mercury-free.  

    The University of Waterloo, Environment Canada and the Dehcho First Nations are leading this work, dubbing Sanguez Lake, near Jean Marie River, N.W.T. as the test site for the project.  

    Heidi Swanson, the lead researcher and assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, said older fish usually have a higher concentration of mercury and isolating them could help lower the overall mercury levels in the ecosystem.

  3. Nov. 2, 2018Interdisciplinary team creates new software to support surface water monitoring and modellingDon Cowan

    Studying how human activities and naturally occurring phenomena impact the environment is critical for effective management. Environmental monitoring and modelling are two fundamental practices used to help in understanding, predicting and effectively managing these activities and impacts.

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  1. Nov. 15, 2018World Toilet Day at Waterloo: Film Screening Where do you go to the toilet?

    When nature calls…

    …we need a toilet. But billions of people don’t have one.

  2. Nov. 21, 2018On the State of Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Finding a Future for the Forgotten — TD Walter Bean Lecture in Environmenttd banner

    Freshwater fish provide diverse ecosystem services. Yet, freshwater fish and fisheries are not often a national or regional governance priority and as a result, freshwater fisheries are undervalued and largely overlooked. Due to lack of reliable data, freshwater fisheries have never been part of any high profile global fisheries assessment and are notably absent from the Sustainable Development Goals.

  3. Nov. 29, 2018Miroslaw Romanowski Lecture

    The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) offers a variety of prestigious medals and awards recognizing outstanding achievements of Canadian researchers. It is a responsibility of Fellows of the RSC to nominate candidates for these honours, and they are explicitly invited to do so every year.

    Earlier this year, Water Institute member Keith Hipel, professor in Waterloo's Department of Systems Design Engineering, was awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects — terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous — brought about by scientific means.

    On November 29, professor Hipel will deliver the Miroslaw Romanowski Lecture at the University of Waterloo: "Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination."

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