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Friday, February 8, 2019

Catching up with water startup, CataLight

CataLight at Velocity fund finals

Three University of Waterloo Engineering students from the Conrad Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program embarked on a mission in 2018, to help provide safe drinking water to those who need it most.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Waterloo researchers work with Indigenous partners to determine how safe the fish in their communities are to eat

James Bay Boat Fishing

Food security is an urgent and growing concern for Indigenous populations in Canada. Environmental change in aquatic ecosystems can impact the health of fish and the communities that rely on those fish in many ways. Some of those ways can involve exposure to contaminants like mercury.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Geography student uses 3D visualization to illustrate the effects of climate change

Andrea Minano, Geography PhD candidate, is the coordinator of the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) led by Water Institute member Jason Thistlethwaite. She is responsible for organizing and facilitating CCRF activities and engagement. Andrea also manages the Flood Policy Research Group — an interdisciplinary group of researchers focusing on Canadian flood policy and flood risk management.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Understanding the impact of industrial development on water quality in Peace-Athabasca Delta

Mitchell Kay, Biology PhD candidate and graduate of Waterloo's Collaborative Water Program, is creating a baseline to measure natural variation caused by development in northern Alberta.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2017 AquaHacking winner shares his vision for the future of water

Jason Deglint, Systems Design Engineering PhD candidate and winner of the 2017 AquaHacking competition, is building new technology to leverage the power of artificial intelligence for safe, clean water. Along with founding members Chao Jin and Alexander Wong, the vision of their company – Blue Lion Labs – is to allow treatment plants, governments, private organizations, and local communities, to be

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New startup focuses on removing hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff

OleoTech UWaterloo startup

Every year a significant amount of runoff water, contaminated with hydrocarbons, gets washed into stormwater drains and released into the water bodies, often untreated. This problem is often overlooked while contaminants accumulate and negatively impact the environment – including the water quality and animal and plant habitats.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Global Water Futures project mobilizes interdisciplinary teams to investigate winter soil processes

Students in the field in the winter

Warmer winters are leading to a greater frequency of freeze-thaw events and colder soils due to the loss of the insulating snowpack. These factors are subsequently changing the movement of water, carbon and nutrients in soils during the winter. Many assume that frozen soils are dormant. However, a new research project at the University of Waterloo is discovering that soils remain biogeochemically active during winter months, just differently from other seasons.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Four new interdisciplinary research initiatives receive funding from the Water Institute

The University of Waterloo’s Water Institute has awarded a combined total of $67,275 to four new interdisciplinary water research initiatives during its most recent fall 2018 Seed Grants Program call for proposals.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Water Institute intern visually depicts years of Ontario shoreline cleanup data

irene at WWF

Underscores value of citizen science and linking with stakeholders to refine and share research results

Nearly 95,700 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup volunteers hauled approximately 263,000 kilograms of litter from Ontario shorelines between 2010-17. Volunteer citizen scientists have logged the amounts and types of litter they have found during their community cleanups, however this information has not often been utilized by researchers to explore notable trends over extended time periods.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Waterloo's Collaborative Water Program kicks off with its largest cohort to date

WATER 601 class cohort six

On Friday, January 11, 2019, 67 graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties stepped into a classroom and began their journey in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP). This program is jointly offered by 11 University of Waterloo departments and schools, making it the most interdisciplinary graduate program focusing on water in Canada.

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